Installations at the Sidney Cooper Gallery
On the evening of Friday 6 January 2017, composers had the opportunity to showcase their installations at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, sponsored by the Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts. The installations drew a large audience, encouraging conversation and debate around the experimental and diverse practices used by the composers.
Liz Hayward (CCCU)
Pianoforte Memento Mori: a forty-minute electronic sound art installation. Reclaimed piano parts were used to create interactive sculptures, and the sounds produced by the audience contributed to the overall installation. The production of the work was evident through the sound, sculptures and photography (Charlotte Stratton). The electronic sound was a culmination of recordings completed outdoors, where the piano was destroyed and the remains created the sculptures. The evidence of the work’s creation allows the audience to reflect on renewal as the destroyed piano has a renewed function.
Joe Inkpen (CCCU)
A polytemporal composition for solo guitar: an audio-visual installation with pre-recorded audio/videos projected onto the walls and live performance. The polytemporal layering of the varying rhythmic ostinatos produced a conflicting and complex texture which in turn created an almost meditative experience for the listener.
Sophie Stone (CCCU)
“As Sure as Time…”: an acoustic and spoken-word sound art installation in which a quote from Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (2015) was used. This performance involved three vocalists who performed their own compositional processes, explored the space and the different techniques of sound production.
Hardi Kurda (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Diagnosis Machine: a demonstration and performance of an ECG which creates music using the responses of the body with a graphic response. The machine creates different sounds through the movement of a person’s fingers, therefore making the human body a musical instrument – which means that every person can produce a unique sound.
Emily Peasgood (CCCU)
Crossing Over: an experimental choral composition and installation presented as a projected video. The work explores social identities and attitudes towards immigration through a performance by a cross-cultural community choir. Crossing Over is inspired by JMW Turner’s painting The Slave Ship, attitudes towards migration in Thanet and the transatlantic slave trade. The political and expressive messages of the film resulted in an emotional and thought-provoking response from the audience.