Transient is a durational sound installation. Most of the sound heard in the piece derives from conversations and sound recordings made with two women living on the Aberfeldy estate in east London. Joyce Thomas is a long term resident of Poplar, having lived in the same house in Abbott Road since 1951. Floria Twyman has only been living in Poplar for only a few months. Her family are originally from Zambia, and Floria has lived in the UK for most of her adult life. Joyce's recollections of her time living in Abbott road were recorded and have been fragmented and transformed. Her words were transcribed and sung by Floria and these recordings were again transformed. Florias voice was also recorded in various locations close to the A12 such as the underpasses and bridges.
People living in Poplar often live in close proximity to the noise and pollution of the A12 road. The area seems dominated by the physical presence of the road. The number of people living there must be tiny in comparison to the numbers passing through by road every day. The architectural and sonic environment of the place seems to have been determined by the nature of motor vehicles. I became interested I the idea that most of the people passing through daily, had very little idea of the nature or history of the place. From this point of view It seemed less like a place than a queue for the Blackwall tunnel. I began to make audio recordings of the road, followed by video recordings, all of which emphasised the feeling of observing motion and transience.