On Thursday 21st September, we host an evening of audiovisual delights, showcasing new work by some of Cumbria’s most exciting artists to be exploring the digital realm.
The night will begin with a preview of emerging artist Amy Story’s specially commissioned artwork Lost and Found, which focuses on the people and stories at the centre of Barrow’s past, present and future.
The second half of the evening will be hosted by Barrow’s very own resident sound art collective: Octopus, who will be talking about their work before leading an interactive session with the opportunity to try out some of their newest creations for making sounds.
6.30-7.20pm – Lost and Found Preview + short artist talk from Amy Story
7.30pm-8.00pm – Octopus Collective Artist Talk
8.10pm-8.40pm – Octopus Collective Interactive Sound Session
Amy story is a Cumbrian-based artist working in photography, film and installation. With a background in videography, she has an experimental approach in testing new processes for expressing the themes within her work. Amy’s recent work has focused on exploring the physical, social and historical landscapes of Cumbria.
Echoing the Lost Stations theme and created from many interviews conducted with members of the local community, Amy’s new commission will use the huge network of disused train stations and lines surrounding Barrow-in-Furness as an entry point to explore personal relationships to the town’s past, present and future. Featuring moving, ghost-like figures and localised sound, the piece will journey through a desolate space, undulating with the many voices and generations of the town. Through a non-linear narrative, the installation will unearth the impact of Barrow’s transitions throughout recent history on it’s people and imagine the paths for its future through those who know it best.
Octopus Collective are a sound art and new music organisation based in the public park within Barrow-in-Furness. Dedicated to developing and exporting new work and acting as an incubator for emerging artists. Octopus offer an ongoing programme of activities including performance, education and research projects, artistic commissions and the Biennial ‘Full of Noise’ Festival.
To date, Octopus have produced over one hundred events, including four biennial festivals, showcasing new work by over two hundred artists, ranging from Faust, AGF, Hildur Gudnadottir and Tetsuo Kogawa to Laura Cannell, Lee Patterson, Lee Gamble and Ryoko Akama. Touring events have taken place in venues including London’s Cafe OTO, the Liverpool Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennial, Beacons Festival and National Trust Castles in the Lake District.
Octopus will be giving a 30-minute talk about their most recent sonic explorations before giving the public the chance to do some creative noise-making of their own!