Slow Silence: Happisburgh

Benjamin Harrison and Elliot Buchanan
Morley Gallery, London
24.04.23 - 18.05.23

Slow Silence is a collaborative practice between Benjamin Harrison and Elliot Buchanan investigating forms of slow violence through listening.

The first iteration of this project, Slow Silence: Happisburgh, explores the phantoming of Happisburgh, North Norfolk through the natural forces of coastal erosion. The project seeks to bring people closer to the issues of displacement and disruption caused by erosion through listening. The slow violence of this process is delineated through the testimony of the land itself, rendered accessible through expanded field recordings. These recordings have been carefully composed and transferred onto tape which has been fashioned to reflect the topography of the coastline both now, and its predicted form in one hundred years’ time. Due to the tape’s disintegrative nature this testimony will eventually fall silent; becoming subsumed by the accompanying oceanic soundscape and allegorising the tragic loss of these vulnerable communities, their cultures and their histories.

Presented as part of The Engine Room 2023 at Morley Gallery, London.