I Bring My Body to This Place to Observe the Coming and Going of Life.
This is the title of my new sound installation, commissioned by Fermynwood Contemporary Art, which is located at the North (Palmer) bird hide on Aldwincle Lake, Northamptonshire. The piece explores the questions of home, migration and separation. I have entwined the voices of people and birds from various parts of the world and also the transitory sounds of the surrounding nature reserve.
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"Jason has explored the social history around Thrapston and unearthed connections between Northamptonshire and Washington DC. The resulting soundscape employs stories, conversations, birdsong, music, poetry, myths and legends, as well as field recordings from urban and rural locations in both places, to interweave the historical with the present day and evoke a fresh sense of place through a new sonic landscape.
Thrapston has a special link to the USA. Sir John Washington, the brother of George Washington's great-grandfather, was Mayor of Thrapston in the seventeenth century. His wife is buried in the Church of St James, where the Washington family’s Coat of Arms is displayed, which is thought to be the origination of the Stars and Stripes design of the American flag.
Jason relates the movement of people and the migration of birds to his own history. Reminding us of what we share, as humans with freedom to move from one place to the next, and with birds with their patterns of migration. With everyone seeking a home, a place where we feel safe, where we belong."
For more information and how to get to Aldwincle Lake, visit the ArtRabbit