Tom Milnes

Deep Relaxation

Charlotte Road   |   Residency   |   24.05.08 – 28.06.08

Sound Structure 4 (detail)
Tom Milnes, 2007
Studio View:
Deep Relaxation - Work in progress
Tom Milnes, 2008
Studio View:
Deep Relaxation - Work in progress
Tom Milnes, 2008
Deep Relaxation
Tom Milnes, 2008
Mixed media, audio
Dimensions variable

FERREIRA PROJECTS is proud to announce Deep Relaxation by Tom Milnes, our newest Resident Artist. Over a five-week period Milnes will be creating a sound installation by transforming the Gallery Studio into an ambient wonderland using culturally redundant audio material. After the completion of Milnes’ Residency, the site-specific installation will be available for viewing from 14 June when Milnes will be introducing ‘Deep Relaxation’ and offer a free limited edition, hand-recorded cassette tape featuring recordings of the ambient soundtracks.

Milnes is interested in cultures reliant on technology, cultures that only occur because of the invention/popularity of certain technologies. In previous works Milnes has looked at particular audio effects and recording techniques that have shaped popular music, recreating an working Roland Space Echo tape delay machine and using it in a performance to produce Dub, like the Reggae producers of the 70’s. His work spans performance, installation and New Media including web-based interactive projects.

‘Deep Relaxation’ aims to turn the studio into an ambient wonderland. Using culturally redundant materials such as walkmans and New Age relaxation tapes, the space will be draped with loops of audiotape stretching the width of the room. These loops will be installed in situ, organised into patterns, winding their way up walls and over viewers’ heads. Audio from the moving tape will be played through speakers, layering the nature sounds together. The actual result is an un-ambient cacophony of various animal noises and New Age music, the work ironically will be uneasy to relax in. On entering the space viewers will walk on unfolded tape sleeves laid down on the floors like an Islamic design. With tape over head and sleeves under foot, the experience is aptly confusing mix of cultural references, being playfully New Age. Far from a spiritual experience, the piece may remind the viewer of technological advancements, cultural wastage and fads.