In 2006, the site was renovated into a mixed-use heritage and leisure site, complete with restaurants, cafes and hotel rooms in former prison cells; a thin gloss over a history of incarceration and corporeal punishment that goes back centuries. Sam Kidel will install a replica Prisoner Visit Telephone, transmitting audio from an imagined sound-world beneath the site’s surface.
Bristol-born Sam Kidel — also operating under the moniker El Kid, or as a member of the Young Echo collective and Killing Sound — has built up a diverse portfolio, including soundtracks for British and French TV documentaries, a fashion show, French painter Fabienne Verdier, the New York theatre world, an intervention at the Pitt Rivers Museum, installations and performances from Glasgow and Geneva to Basel and Berlin. He is currently completing an MA in Composition and Sonic Art at Oxford Brookes following his receipt of an AHRC studentship award. His debut LP is available on Entr’Acte (vinyl & digital) from February 2015.