Blackbird in Infospace
USB audio download trail, sculpture, music download available here.
23 May - 22 June
Exhibition at MOVEMENT
23 May - 20 July
Commissioned by Turning Point West Midlands in collaboration with the University or Worcester, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum and Movement.
This project took the form of a download trail that visitors could travel around collecting a specially made piece of music at each venue on a USB flash drive. The songs, created by our band Juneau Brothers, following a period of research in the city and relate to the history of Worcester. One track, A Story of Recursion, was inspired by the black swan pillow of Sir John Beauchamp’s tomb in Worcester Cathedral. A story about Beauchamp describes him appearing in a field near the city when he was supposed to be away on a crusade, claiming that he was carried home by a black swan, a bird unknown in medieval Britain.
The download shrines were made in opposition to our 21st century insatiable worship of new technology and the instant download and were temporarily installed in five of Worcester’s most distinctive destinations: the city’s architecturally renowned Georgian Guildhall; Worcester City Art Gallery; The Hive (the newly opened, first joint University and public library in Europe); MOVEMENT ( artist-run gallery on Worcester Foregate Railway Station); and Rise Worcester (the city’s only independent record shop).
Audio samples for the project were recorded in locations in Worcester suggested by local people, such as the station platform and the museum rooftop.