HECTOR MACINNES sound artist | musician | producer
The Informants (2015 - Sound Festival, Aberdeen)

The Informants is a multi-channel audio installation that plays upon our thoughts about the future, how those views date, how those views tie us to our sense of place, and the need we have to build a narrative bridge between us and our possibilities.

The work centres around the fact that as adults we often make sweeping predictions ourselves, when the people who live in the future are already here among us, in child form. It presents edited and anonymised interview content which is, in a playful way, an attempt to get them to “report back” on what that future is like.

The Informants was originally presented at the 2015 Sound Festival in Aberdeen for New Music Scotland's "In Cahoots" conference, with the help of Struan Primary School and Bun-Sgoil Shlèite on the Isle of Skye. The audio above is excerpted from a second iteration, created with children from the village of Kyleakin, next to the Skye bridge. It was part of their creative response to exploring local history with the Travelling The Archive project, created by Nicky Bird with Atlas Arts.
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