The Inhabitant of the Watchtower is a durational project by Richard Rigg based in the natural and barren stage of the desert that will be produced with CIRCA Projects in partnership with High Desert Test Sites, California, through August 2012. It takes place during and beyond his solo exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and explores ideas within his work that relate to non-site.
This new work will centre around a device developed by the artist: a transmitter/receiver which will take field recordings when placed in the Mojave desert. The devise removes frequencies within the human range from its recordings and broadcasts only the ultrasonic sounds which remain. This easily dismissible constant in the recording, acts as a signifier for the presence of scales of information that are out of our comprehension. This new work will centre around a device developed by the artist: a transmitter/receiver which will take field recordings when placed in the Joshua Tree desert. It will strip the sounds that are within human audible range, within the adapted speaker, leaving only ultrasonic sounds and the noise of this erasure.
Richard Rigg has recently had solo exhibitions: ‘Lacuna’ at BALTIC, UK and ‘Holography’ at Workplace Gallery, UK. He has recently exhibited as part of: Glamourie, PSL, UK; The Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK; and Quiet Works, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA.