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installations and performances 

The Shape of Sound brought the second phase of their research sharing to the Anglican Mortuary Chapel in London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum in Coventry on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2022. 

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Photograph by ReelMasterProduction, 2022.

Film by ReelMasterProduction, 2022.

Explore and interact with this site-specific installation and performance that explores how minute elements of the inner ear work through movement. In this creative interpretation we’ll see how movements of air allow us to hear sound.

 

Drawing from weaving, one of the industries that Coventry is most famous for, dance artists interpret this process in live performances with floating warps of silk threads. 

Together, the Anglican Mortuary Chapel and Charterhouse, founded by Carthusian monks, raise contextual questions around fluctuating embodied receptions of listening and touch over time. Relations to the departed as they had been (in part) negotiated between local pagan rites and universal Christian rites prompt site resonant questions on how current understandings of the somatic body relate to the fluctuating understandings of the departing souls that were and continue to be honoured in chapels.

This film shares the events that took place over the two days and offers a small insight into the experience of those involved, spectators and creators.

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The Shape of Sound performance and installation flyer, 2022.

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The Anglican Mortuary Chapel in London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum in Coventry,  2022.

Echoes Of Voices is an audio essay that was presented at the performance and installation

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Photograph by ReelMasterProduction, 2022.

The Shape of Sound began their sharing at the Being Human Festival at Coventry University in November 2021 

This research was made possible by support from Coventry Historic Trust, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Community Fund, Coventry City of Culture Trust, and Coventry University.

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