Playing The Bridge by Nye Parry and Laurence Rugg will explore the sonic potential and hidden engineering of the bridge as it is turned into a giant musical instrument. Initiated by the architect of the bridge, Jonathan McDowell, the project draws parallels between the large steel plates and supporting girders that form the structure of the bridge and the music of the Javanese gamelan percussion ensemble.
Members of the community are invited to become sound explorers, culminating in a free live performance on Sunday 26 March, at 2pm. Part of Sunday’s performance will be outdoors, subject to weather conditions, and numbers are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
The opening of the installation will take place Friday 31 March, 5.30pm-8pm.
An audio-visual installation on the structure itself will follow the performance from Saturday 1 April, 10am-4pm. It will reveal the inner workings of the swing bridge using projections by artist Madi Boyd that act like an x-ray, penetrating down to the mechanism and structure that lies beneath the visible surface. The projections will be accompanied by a spatial soundscape by composer Nye Parry that will combine recordings from the workshops with the reminiscences of people who constructed the bridge.
By Playing The Bridge, participants and audiences will form a new relationship and think differently about a city landmark.
Working alongside Jonathan McDowell, this multi-disciplinary project is a collaboration with Hull Music Service, Hull Community Gamelan, York University Music Department and Hull University School of Arts and Media.
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