Sound for Installation-Art

Soundscape composition for the mixed-media installation work Eutopia by Olga Doulkeridou

© 2017 Olga Doulkeridou (website & more info)    -   Eutopia 

Soundscape composition for the mixed-media installation work Ripening Utopia by Olga Doulkeridou 

© 2017 Olga Doulkeridou (website & more info)    -   Ripening Utopia 

Sound composition for the mixed-media installation work Stage/Theatrical Space  by Kleopatra Hatzigiosi

Stage space: scene 1 (a fragmentary cavity created in a long run)

Theatrical Space - "amniotic song" (soundmass - croud - cloud song) sound composition: Dimitris Savva

Stage space: scene 2 ("amniotic sac-holy rooted)

© 2019 Cleopatra Chatzigiosi - Stage/Theatrical Space

Soundscape and sound-act composition for the mixed-media work The Journey of Reproductive Life  by Kate Sully; a work based on a scientific research led by Professor Allan Pacey and  Dr. Sofia Granados Aparici

© 2016 Kate Sully  (website) / Professor Allan Pacey/ Dr. Sofia Granados Aparici/ The University of Sheffield  - The Journey of Reproductive Life 

The Journey of Reproductive Life (text written by Dr. Sofia Granados Aparici)

A collaborative project exploring the world of fertility between artist Kate Sully, composer Dimitris Savva and the research taking place in the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at The University of Sheffield.

Artistic Overview

After discussion and access into the laboratories with a number of scientists in the unit, I (Kate Sully) realised I needed to make three artworks in order to capture the essence of their research. As a mixed media artist I have been able to use a range of materials and techniques to explore this amazing scientific area. I am very keen to create pieces that engage the public to find out more about reproduction and to be aware of their own bodies whilst creating high quality pieces of art.


Using cutting edge imagery and coupled with its organic form, this piece explores the complex and fascinating world of fertility. The research makes clear that timing and signalling are paramount to generate the power needed to reproduce and in Fertilis a sense of repetition and coordination is emphasised. The piece is colourful and has a continuous network around the sculpture suggesting everything is connected and positive. It also reflects the intense research happening around us which is aiming to deeply understand the science of this busy intricate world of reproduction.


This artwork mirrors Fertilis in colour similarities and choice of imagery. However, this piece explores instead the disconnected world of infertility. The smaller colourful and appealing ring has no real connection to the outer sculpture, making it static and isolated. The use of more chaotic, disconnected elements are suggestive of the signals that have been perturbed. The multitude of needles and tubing are a link to the amount of disruptions that can happen in reproduction, some of them still poorly understood. This piece then reinforces the necessity for the research to unveil the mystery under these processes. 


To make the research into Reproduction complete for this project, this artwork explores the world of sperm. Taking research imagery, form and scientific knowledge Sperma captures the characteristics as well as the potential issues that can happen. The lozenge shaped head is deliberately larger in comparison to the numerous 'tails' which can block its reproductive potential. The concentric hole in the head pertains to both the sense of imperfection and also of looking into cause and effect which the researchers are keen to do. The artwork is positioned on the wall to appear to be swimming or moving with some of the tails being damped or fastened suggesting dysfunction.

Scientific Overview

We (researchers based at the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, The University of Sheffield)  reproductive scientists are constantly challenged by lab techniques that enables us to understand the world of fertility. Because our aim is to improve people's quality of life, we would like every individual to be aware of their own body. The link between a lab-based technique and a colourful abstract sculpture converge in a common aim: understanding and communicating how our body works. We believe in the power of visual art for communicating science and Kate Sully offers here the tools to discover the complex colours and shapes of the biology of Reproduction.


Fertility constitute a long journey of events and research is trying to find the answer to these questions: How the limited number of eggs in the ovary eventually start to grow, how sperm power themselves to travel across the female body, how the female body receives sperm and embryo signals to facilitate their travel and implantation, how the mother and the new born communicate with each other and how the new born develop in the female body during the process of pregnancy. Fertilis aims to depict the complexity of all these processes in the reproductive system where coordination of space and time are essential for the Reproductive journey.


When there is a dysregulation in any of the processes mentioned above, the reproductive journey is not as easy. Effete emphasises the necessity for a complete connection between processes to facilitate Reproduction: both women and men's bodies need to be ready and functioning properly. Because we scientists are aware of the diversity of the fertility status in the human population, our research is helping to develop multitude of strategies to facilitate the process of reproduction when needed.

Soundscape and sound-act composition: Dimitris Savva

The composition you can hear reflects the unknown everyday life of reproductive scientists in the laboratory. Detailed sounds of routinary lab activity such as liquid pipetting, centrifuges and incubators can be recognised, alongside the sound of specific machines that were used to generate the colourful fluorescent images in Fertilis, Effete and Sperma.

© 2020 Dimitris Savva
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