Lee Berwick is a sonic and video artist. He has been producing and performing found sound compositions, music, and more recently films, since the mid 1980’s.
Lee has had his work included in shows at London’s Hayward Gallery, The ICA, The Museum Of London and Dilston Grove as well as having a program about his work made by the BBC. For the last fifteen years he has also worked as a sound designer/composer for various contemporary dance companies often touring with them and running/interacting with his sound installations live and in real time, as well as performing and showing his film and sonic pieces at a range of venues, festivals and radio stations etc. all around the world.
Lee’s work endlessly pushes barriers and explores new areas. Recording sound from a specific site and using it to compose music is a continuing theme in Lee’s work. This music is often used as the soundtrack to films shot at the same location or as part of other site-specific artworks/interventions.
The psychological effect of sounds (both inaudible and audible) on listeners has been an ongoing element of Lee’s work. He has collaborated with the National Physics Laboratory when he used an infrasonic pipe speaker tuned to specific psycho acoustic frequencies for a sonic installation in a London church. This interest in sacred spaces, their geometry and acoustics has led to further installations at London’s Dilston Grove (July 2011) and at the Art in Romney Marsh festival (Oct 2010).
Currently he has an ongoing project analysing and then electronically reproducing healing sounds taken from various worldwide traditions.
Lee’s work has led him in many varied directions. This has included walking from London to the source of the Thames to produce a film, soundtrack and dance choreography, Running and producing the music for the Digidub record label, Producing various site specific soundtracks for a variety of film makers as well as making his own films, sonic installations and various educational projects. A list of some of Lees more major works is included in his biog.
Currently Lee has just finished his first quirkumentary (a short arts film about the Slussen one way system in Stockholm), He is also working on an album composed from sound found in the north of Sweden landscape and worked on in the London landscape, The Inanna project (Working with Swedish storyteller and performer Mikael Oberg on a new telling of the ancient Mesopotamian myth Inanna, circa 5000B.C.), Regular educational projects in South London schools continue as well as a long slow world tour by the Swedish SU-EN butoh company touring the piece Voracious for which Lee has composed the sound, Lee is also working with sculptor Rob Olins writing music for a set of sound reflecting 3 dimensional dishes built by Rob, These dishes along with Lees sound tracks have been exhibited several times and their collaboration will continue into 2014.