In the Chthonic Underworld

Over the past few months Louise K. Wilson has performed her own ‘prospecting’ : in (or when?) searching for aural traces of Dukes Wood’s industrial past by recording subtle variations in sonic conditions at the surface and deep down in the ground beneath. Focusing on the one remaining unsealed oil wellhead (to be found at an undisclosed, secret location buried in the wood) Wilson, in a process akin to 'drilling down' has used various microphones to experiment with a kind of auditory archaeology of place. To this end, she has been creating a sonic map for the wood describing how audible fragments of the past coalesce with the dynamic of the wood as it is now; 'a shifting terrain of heard and imagined sounds.'