Installation: Video on designated TV unit, 40 mins 16 seconds, 8-channel sound installation, photographic c-print on paper, digital collage c-print on paper, carpet, movable curtain system, 3 custom stools, 1 vintage leather armchair, acoustic baffle with window, music score stand, music scores, wind machine, leather saddle, custom foley table, cereal box, duct taped cereal box, audio cable, plastic flower bouquet, compressed air, mini xylophone, tam tam mallet, Victorian lamp, melodica tubes, printed radio scripts, 5 Thomas the Tank Engine wooden train whistles, rotary dial phone, 2 coconut shell halves, portable record player, thunder drum, ocean drum; radio composition: for 6 voice actors, 3 foley artists, ensemble (viola, clarinet doubling bass clarinet, trumpet doubling bugle, double bass, percussion doubling piano); in 5 movements, 2 hours 30 mins
Excerpted from the Manchester International Festival’s website:
”Inspired by mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot, this multilayered piece asks: how are journeys remembered and retold? What of the aching feet that carry the bodies, the bumpy ride, the incidental mountains? How do stories lend meanings to places left behind?
One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) began with an MIF first: a five-part radio series, performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Broadcast live from Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry could be heard throughout Manchester on Unity Radio 92.8 FM and online at Unityradio.fm.
Following the radio series, a multichannel sound and visual installation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art brought another intriguing perspective to these stories, while also marking the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover of Hong Kong to China.”
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Photo credit: Simon Bray, Manchester