Muscle Damage was an artwork that I created in collaboration with my father, Gordon Taylor.
I presented the artwork for my MFA degree show (Glasgow School of Art) at The Glue Factory in Glasgow, in June 2017.
Foremost, Muscle Damage is a compilation of digital material including binaural sound and still imagery. The sound features a collaborative voiceover that narratively explores the loss of a local accent when someone moves away from home. It picks up on how an accent is strongly related to the landscape associated with where you grow up.
So, the images that feature in Muscle Damage are of the landscape in The Peak District National Park, in Derbyshire. This is where I grew up and it is also where my father still lives. Well, on the fringes of it anyway. Some of the images are of sculptures that I made in response to the narrative and the landscape. My father and me originally produced the included images as photographic slides. A&M Imaging in Edinburgh then processed and digitized the slides for us.
I designed the artwork as a digital compilation for display on a television monitor with headphones. By accepting it as a digital compilation, not just a film or video, I think it revealed more phenomenological interplay. Specifically, how the senses of sight and sound punctuate one another.