From midday to midnight St Augustine’s Tower will be a performance space dedicated to the exploration of Time; as a construct and a natural force, how it is valued and perceived, regimented and elastic, strange and unyielding. Sounds from the clock, the surroundings and live performances will echo through the tower, merging and reforming, shifting and resting, sonic ghosts appearing and disappearing across the twelve hours like sand through an hourglass.
The piece is the culmination of a six month residency at the tower supported by Oxford Contemporary Music’s BOOM program and is supported by the Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts at Greenwich University and Hackney Historic Buildings Trust.
How do you capture a moment of sound in time? How do you photograph a voice? E5 Process photography collective have been collaborating to explore how using collodion process and pin-hole techniques can be used to capture fragments of time at the tower.
"So, when its spiral spine and cladding stones appeared
The old selves who roamed freely through this land
Felt their hope get ground with types of fear
As light was slowly taken and space darkened
Now when our bits of selves gather in the tower
With machines to filter scattered drones
Our voices repeat the ticking hours
We sing in time, in sound, in stone
Images vanish and reappear
Material records of stolen light
And the tower keeps on standing here
As we plant wild noises to celebrate
So when the darkness falls again
The old selves soar in sound, in sight"
Free entry, drop in.
Overground: Hackney Central, Hackney Downs
Buses: 38, 48, 55, 106, 242, 253, 254
Please note: There is limited disabled access to the upper floors as there are many steps to climb. However, all visitors will be able to experience immersive sound, performances and images on the ground floor.