Eric La Casa  &   Philip Samartzis Captured space

At recording, the project relies on a double listening of the same territory, the largest animal reserve in South Africa (Kruger National Park) or 20000 km ² (350 by 60 km), as large as Slovenia and Israel, which is almost twice the Parisian areas.

As an installation, in space, a double diffusion structures this doubling of the understanding, in terms of our initial postures of attention: the confined space of the car (our immediate environment) to the endless Savannah ... that of the collector to tracker...

Biodiversity encountered, along with the hours of day and night, is as much the subject as a pretext for listening to this landscape... in pairs.


Captured Space occupies two parallel environments – the natural and constructed. Whilst the natural world of Kruger Park is wild and occasionally ferocious, the constructed world of roads and settlements is pedestrian, designed to keep visitors comfortable and safe from the daily struggle of life and death.

From the vantage point of the car one can witness extraordinary habitat comprising a familiar cast of characters. Yet no matter how far or wide one travels one cannot easily escape the confined space of the car or the high voltage electric fence encircling the tourist resort.

Whilst African animals are the mainstay of zoos around the world, at Kruger the animals are the vigilant keepers of an exotic mix of people confined to the smallest of spaces for their own self-preservation.

2011, creation - duration : 43 minutes 30 - configuration : double quadriphony


Philip :
  Since the mid 90's, listening to the environment, Eric La Casa creates forms (of attention) that enters the sites, thus developing installations and sound environments, according to protocols which are developed in-situ as close to the site and produces music, composed only from his own recordings.

Eric La Casa is represented by Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris.

Philip Samartzis uses field recordings of natural and constructed
environments as his primary material to render densities of space and discrete zones of aural experience, which are arranged and mixed to reflect the acoustic and spatial complexities of everyday sound fields.

He draws on a range of practices ranging from acoustic ecology and bioacoustics to musique concrète and sound art to arrive at compositions that highlight the pervasive nature of sound and the myriad ways in which it informs and influences our daily experiences.
To emphasize this Samartzis designs his compositions for multi-channel surround sound systems that afford immersive and tactile listening experiences to demonstrate the transformational qualities inherent in sounds..