28 Sep 21

Sound Generator: Spotlight on Chisara Agor

Chisara Agor

Sound UK’s new artist development programme, Sound Generator, supports early career artists and the work they present.

In this series of Spotlight interviews, we will find out more about the artists on this year’s programme, delve deeper into their Sound Generator project and discover what the process has meant to them.

This week, we talk to Chisara Agor.

Can you tell us about your Sound Generator project? Where did the initial inspiration come from?

My project is called The Air We Live In. It's a project based about air pollution and climate justice and shining a light on the relationship between social justice and climate change. The initial inspiration came from tragedy, hearing about the death of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah.

How has your idea developed during this project so far? And what have you learnt?

My initial sketches of ideas and the initial pitch for sound generator has grown and materialised into what I believe to be clear, strong ideas and themes. I have learnt a lot about storytelling, creating a cohesive project and communicating my ideas about somewhat complex themes using visual art and sound.

What has this opportunity meant to you?

This opportunity has meant being able to dream big while having support and without feeling like the project cannot take on a life of it's own.

Has it helped you to develop your creative practice? If so, how?

My filmmaking skills as a director and editor have developed immensely. Also the way in which I pitch and make work for the future has changed as I feel more confident in imagining and creating work that is larger and cross disciplinary.

Who are your key musical influences?

I can't really choose any key influences; different music creators lend themselves to me for different projects.

What have you been listening to recently? Any new music recommendations?

Recently I have been listening to the Promises album by Floating Points, Pharoh Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra, very meditative stuff.

What are your hopes for the project? How do you see it developing beyond this initial 6-month award?

I hope to have it fully realised one day and if not work on developing each part of the project. I hope to expand into further artistic provocations, works and discussions about air pollution and create a series linking to this project and beyond.

To find out more about Chisara Agor's work, visit her website. We look forward to sharing more information on Chisara's Sound Generator project as it develops.

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