UNDERGROWTH / REBECCA RIGGS-BENNETT
UNDERGROWTH is a sonic investigation into a tree’s internal and external experience of the world through sound design and audio recordings as dramaturgy and sonic scenography. Drawing from the research of Monica Gagliano and Peter Wohlleben, UNDERGROWTH is an exploratory presentation of a tree’s lifetime, from the perspective of the tree as a living and sensitive entity. Rebecca is interested in human-to-plant relationships, generating empathetic and emotional responses towards faceless creatures, and how sensorial escapism can be cultivated through immersive sound. UNDERGROWTH has been constructed using binaural field recordings of forest environments in south-west Western Australia, as well as electronically produced ambience and design. Listeners are encouraged to close their eyes whilst engaging with this work.