Spike Island tour: mnemonic collaborative drawing and sharing voices

by Ellen Southern

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This track was created on 18th July 2015, by visitors on a tour of the exhibition of Reto Pulfer's water-inspired installation Gewässerzeiten. Pulfer's own composition which plays in the space can be heard, as well as distant excerpts from the nearby installation of Patrick Staff's The Foundation.

The day of the tour coincided with World Listening Day, which was on the theme of water. So I suggested we use our voices to create layers of watery sounds as we walked meditatively amongst the installation.

About the tour:
This informal interactive tour proposed and explored potential connections between these two seemingly contrasting shows, testing out how one exhibition might in fact reveal insights into the other.

The audience was invited to share in this process, through open discussion, personal reflection and through participatory activities (a collaborative mnemonic-drawing and this group sound-work) in order to enact and realise shared themes such as notions of archiving documentary and collecting, revealing the means of making, memory, sanctuary, trust and generosity.

Many thanks to all for taking part and sharing thoughts & experiences!

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I have contributed a water themed voice piece to Cities and Memory for World Listening Day, which can be heard here:

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released July 18, 2015



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