A Collective Memory of Childhood

28 Jul 2012

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  • 4, 19, 29, 106, 153, 210, 236, 253, 254, 259, W3, W7
  • Manor House, Finsbury Park, Harringay Green Lanes
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A Collective Memory of Childhood


Please join us for the launch event on 28 July 2012, 2-5pm, at Furtherfield Gallery Artist and composer Michael Szpakowski has worked with local children and their families to create a generative sound sculpture that invokes the collective memory of childhood, drawing on the memories of Haringey residents from all over the world. Through a series of celebratory events at Coleridge Primary School and Furtherfield Gallery, Michael gathered field recordings of children's' rhymes: playground, skipping, clapping and those of other games from three generations of local residents, in every language that is spoken locally. These are mixed with fragments of a magical and gentle Summer music that he will compose to fit with the sounds of the park - working with modal and pentatonic scales and scoring for bells, flutes, harps and singing bowls. The resulting immersive soundscape, with fragments of children's rhymes spoken by many generations changes constantly and kaleidoscopically, drawing on the texts and music in endless variations will be audible during opening hours in the area around the gallery and spill over into the adventure playground from July to September 2012. The project is part of PARK ART in Haringey - an alternative, multi-venue sculpture park for the London Borough of Haringey, produced by UP Projects in partnership with Haringey Council and supported by Arts Council England.

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