This new live art work by writer, artist and performer Caroline Bergvall, takes as its starting point the movement of language, including the winding routes that medieval love poetry took across Europe, multilingualism, endangered languages, cross border migration histories, and contemporary migration routes. The work will explore language and languages, song and speech, sites and sounds, breath and breath patterns, frequencies and electronic vibratory energy.
At the heart of this new composition are excerpts from in-depth conversations Bergvall is undertaking over 2018-2020 with people who speak and have knowledge of a wide variety of minority languages, amongst them poets, scholars, calligraphers and ornithologists. The conversations highlight the division, fragmentation and isolation that many feel against the backdrop of current political landscapes, with escalating movements of people escaping conflict and the local consequences of global climate change.
Sonic Atlas: Evening Work will be presented in North Kent in 2020, as well as being shown at Actoral Festival in Marseille in 2019.
It will be developed in collaboration with renowned composers and musicians Gavin Bryars and Jamie Hamilton, as well as light designer Maya Mouawad.