Simon Whetham is a professional Sound Artist. For him this term has been considered and refined over a decade of practice and experience of working creatively with sonic phenomena and perception.
Projects include, and often combine, sonic investigation of place and site, historical reference, collaboration, workshops, performance and installation. Exchange and engagement are integral to his working practice.
These projects have been commissioned and hosted in countries South Korea, Iceland, Estonia, Chile, Australia, Colombia, Norway and Japan.
In a world where even artists seem to crave fame and fortune, Simon is content to live as a travelling artist, directly engaging with smaller communities and audiences, in an aim to reach those who are normally excluded from art and culture.
Simon has a number of works published through labels including Crónica (PT), Line (USA), Baskaru (FR) and Helen Scarsdale Agency (USA); performed extensively internationally (most recently Iceland, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia); collaborated with musicians, performance artists, painters, video artists and dancers; given listening and field recording workshops in UK, Estonia, Colombia, Chile and Australia; and received a large number of commissions and awards for projects and installations – most notably for curating the collaborative project ‘Active Crossover’.
The most recent iteration of the project was hosted by MoKS in Mooste, Estonia and supported by the Artists International Development Grant from the British Council and Arts Council England. For two months Simon and MoKS directors Evelyn and John Grzinich were joined by a further 12 international artists in sonic investigation, discussion and creation of new working relationships.
Previously supported Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation, the project has toured in the UK, and been hosted in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Norway and Australia.
Simon has developed sound workshops for groups of children and young people. This began with the participation in the project RED de Artes Visuales in Medellín, Colombia in 2013, and has led to workshop sessions with children in Norway, Australia and South Korea, and with unaccompanied minors in a refugee camp in Munich, Germany.
In recent projects he has begun working with more visual ways of presenting sound works, either in visual art gallery spaces or as interventions in nature, responding to the space and the resources available.