Turning Point West Midlands Residency: Blackbird in Infospace - Juneau Projects
Blackbird in Infospace was the outcome of Juneau Projects’ three month period of research in Worcester in the early months of 2013.
One of five Turning Point West Midlands funded artist residencies taking place across the West Midlands in 2013, this project was been produced by Fine Art at the University of Worcester, in partnership with Movement Gallery and Worcester City Art Gallery.
Building on their long-term project of collaborative music making, the duo produced a short album of five songs downloadable for free via five contemporary ‘shrines’ installed in city-centre venues. The songs were developed in response to ambient sounds and spaces of the city suggested by people who live and work there, via twitter, talks, workshops and conversations, and to the artists’ own research into Worcester’s history, inspired by objects and places that they have encountered.
During May and June, visitors and residents were invited to gather all the songs that were produced by plugging a USB stick into the shrines installed at each participating venue. In line with Juneau Projects’ ongoing interest in Neo-Luddism, the artists hoped that experience of collecting the songs would offer an antidote to the ever increasing speed of the worldwide web, their intention being to repurpose the ubiquitous, near instant process of music downloading as a perambulatory process of “pilgrimage, exploration and intrigue”.
Launch event (with performance by Juneau Projects)
5.30-6.30pm, Thursday 23 May 2013
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester. WR1 1DT
Exhibition private view
6.30-8pm Thursday 23 May 2013
MOVEMENT, Platform 2, Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station, WR1 1DT
Exhibition open: 24 May-20 July, Tuesday-Friday 10am-2pm, Saturday 12.30-4.30pm or by appointment.
(Bring a USB flash drive, 4GB or under)
23 May-22 June