I Bring My Body to This Place to Observe the Coming and Going of Life

12 Jun 2016 – 31 Aug 2016

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North (Palmer) Bird Hide

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

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This new sound installation by one of our Associate Artists, Jason Singh, explores themes of home, separation and migration for both people and wildlife. Developed as part of Jason's residency with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.


Jason has explored the social history around Thrapston and unearthed connections between Northamptonshire and Washington DC. The resulting soundscape employs stories, conversations, birdsong, music, poetry, myths and legends, as well as field recordings from urban and rural locations in both places, to interweave the historical with the present day and evoke a fresh sense of place through a new sonic landscape.

Thrapston has a special link to the USA. Sir John Washington, the brother of George Washington's great-grandfather, was Mayor of Thrapston in the seventeenth century. His wife is buried in the Church of St James, where the Washington family’s Coat of Arms is displayed, which is thought to be the origination of the Stars and Stripes design of the American flag.

Jason relates the movement of people and the migration of birds to his own history. Reminding us of what we share, as humans with freedom to move from one place to the next, and with birds with their patterns of migration. With everyone seeking a home, a place where we feel safe, where we belong.

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2 - 3pm, Sunday 12 June

Meet at car park on Aldwincle Lane

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