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December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 7th December | 7-10pm | Tickets £5 | Licensed bar
Special Screening of Wakeful by artist Anne Robinson with live score performed by Breathing Space Collective | Running time 45 min
Come aboard to a unique Christmas Party at Sea! Enjoy a special site-specific film screening of Wakeful, a new film accompanied by a live score from the fabulous Breathing Space sound collective with special guest Richard Wilson of the legendary Bow Gamelan and one of the creators of 1513: A Ships Opera www.richardwilsonsculptor.com. Meet the artist Anne Robinson after the performance to find out more about the story behind her personal project.
If I Sleep, I May be Caught: motto of HMS Wakeful, a WW1 destroyer, built on ‘Red’ Clydeside in 1917 on which the artist’s father was the ship’s cook. Drawing on a fragmented childhood memory and a ‘hidden history’ from a century ago, Wakeful is a project about listening to the past: a new film work with percussive sound constructed with international collaborators and considering the ‘peace’ one hundred years on.
HMS Wakeful was sent just a few days after the declaration of ‘peace’ at the November 11th Armistice in 1918, on what was later called the ‘Baltic Cruise’ heading through mine-infested waters, for the Gulf of Finland and Estonia: an illegal war on Bolshevism and a government that feared international solidarity of workers. Traumatised, but largely silent about his war, the artist’s father shared one single, stark memory of ‘Russian sailors in the ice’, waking her one night as a child to listen to an account of horror, ice and death. This experience shapes the film work: its dreamlike sense of temporality and remembered voices. Engaged in research decades later, she finds Wakeful and accounts of the voyage in two archived journals from sailors on the same ship, one a wireless telegraph officer, the other a signalman. One contemporary account of bombardments by Wakeful during this conflict describes ‘human debris in the snow’… ‘Russian sailors in the ice’.
One hundred years on, Wakeful uses film technologies to record the passing of time strangely as performers re-inhabit the past, the landscapes of war give up their dead and soundscapes of the past seep into the present. We listen to the past, cross borderlines.
More info: wakefulproject.org
Anne Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in east London. Her experimental practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time passing and she works with painting, film, sound and curating. She holds a practice-led PhD in time, film and painting and currently teaches at Middlesex University. Recent works include: Thrashing in the Static (2015) and Over Time (2014) as well as curating at Supernormal Festival.
More info: annerobinsonartwork.org
Breathing Space Collective are a London based five piece collective, who fuse voice and experimental instrumentation with techniques of improvisation, deep listening, assemblage and field recordings. They create site-specific performances exploring architectural acoustics, uncovering the social and physical resonances to shape content and form – working outside the traditional performance space they re-imagine place, adding new memory to sites.
This project has been supported by Arts Council England, Middlesex University and The David Family Foundation
*Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times aboard LV21 unless otherwise agreed with the organisers.
*Access onboard the ship is via steep staircases. Please wear flat, non-slip shoes.
*No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and no alcohol permitted onboard the ship.
*Opening times may vary dependent on tide and weather conditions.
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