Aswarm & Thor McIntyre-Burnie

Aswarm (public arts org) and Artist & Sound Designer: Thor McIntyre-Burnie

Thor McB: Creative Director of Aswarm (Public Arts Org ) and Swarm Sonics (Sound Design Company). Aka: Thor McIntyre • Thor McBurnie • Thor McB  •  aswarmthing


2014/15 has been, as ever, too busy to update the website, but below are some hi-lites..

AWARD WINNING: – ‘Best Temporary Installation Project’ Winner  2015.  Thor McIntyre Burnie/Tannoy (Wind Tunnel Project)ProSound Awards 2015
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:• The Speakers new commission for Marseilles Travellings Festival  by Lieux Public & INSITU: Opens 25-27th Sept 2015  (more info on The Speakers Page)

• The Speakers new commission opens in Kosova 10th -13th Sept 2015. Right in the centre of the capital Pristina , next to the PM’s office! & the national hero statue of Skenderbeu. A new commission for the first year of Kosovas’ first & only festival of Art in Public Space: HAPU  (more info on The Speakers Page)

Finalist list:

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The Wind Tunnels Project,

7th June-20th July 2014.

Farnborough, London UK.         –  An extensive site specific solo commission to re-awaken 3 vast spaces, open to the public for the first time.

New Short Doc film about Flying Into The Dawn – made by ShyCamera:

THE SPEAKERS - An evolving project which adapts to each new location & time. Adding new layers of content and new forms of interventions into public space.

• 29/30th Dec 2014 @ Burns Birthplace Museum> Ana That Festival> Scotland.

• 31st OctIMG_5522cr-2 Nov 2014 @ BELGIUM. Samhain Festival & Klankenbos Sound Art Forest, Neerplet.   - Art Trail Commission by TAKT Dommelhof and Musica Impulse Centre for Music.   Here long term old collaborator and artist Toby Jarvis re-enters the fold (Aswarm).    - Here’s a sneak preview of the location in the midst of the worlds only sound art forest Klankenbos.  incl: a sealed glass cube called Tacet, the forest around which The Speakers will occupy, along with a new element of Voice Responsive Light Fences, inspired by WW1‘s Dodendraad (‘Wire of Death’ dividing Belgium and Holland).







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• 5-9th August @ LaStrada, Graz, Austria.  Opening the day Britain declared war on Germany 100 yrs ago, in Arch Duke Ferdinand’s home town, in this special version I collaborated with Austria’s leading WW1 Historian Helmut Konrad, a team of 9 Historians co-ordinated by Stefan Benedik, gathering half the content from archived texts (much of which previously unpublished) from the Hinterland during WW1, contextualised with the Tweets from current zones of conflict & resistance.





• 14th-22nd June 2014. @ Oerol Festival, Island of Terschelling, Netherlands. Europe’s leading festival for site-specific art set in the environment.

Here responding to the WW2 bomb crater forest clearing, we asked visitors a related personal question and over 10 days their input gradually replaced the content anew..


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The Body-less Soldier & Rites of Rubble. Site specific Installations in Gunpowder magazines of NEWHAVEN FORT :   part of WW1 project Home Fires with Zap Arts & Inrounds Productions.

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TOURING EXHIBIT _ THE BODY-LESS SOLDIER.  - An exhibit Touring WW1 Museums & Centres in UK. Featuring a mix of Interviews with Blind War Veterans (WW1 Centenary Oral History Project)




BELOVED: BL500px-300x199Sound Design Collaboration with one of UK’s leading Aerial Theatre companies Scarabeus:

Opened with a Summer Tour incl London City Festival and Autumn dates below


bOing! Festival, Canterbury 29 August 2015at 1pm and 3pm South Hill Park, Bracknell 12 September 2015 at 3pm and 7pm Bell Square, Hounslow 26 September 2015 at 2pm and 6.15pm

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Sound & Fire Installation & Performance, inspired by  Starling Murmerations. Collaboration with Mandy Dyke And Now Collage 05 i



RITES OF WAR  : touring Choreographic Performance.

- A collaboration with Darshan Singh Bhuller, Lindsey  Butcher’s Gravity & Levity and BBC Afghanistan Correspondent David Loyn.

Rites of War – Spring Tour Dates:

May 1st,2nd & 3rd at Stratford Circus, London    •   May 13th & 14th at The Lowry, Salford    •    June 4th & 5th The Lighthouse, Poole    •   June 15th, Mobilsation Festival at Kendrew Barracks    •   For Autumn Tour Dates – watch this space!

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Tue 28 Oct, 8pm & Wed 29 Oct, 4pm
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
020 8977 7558  book online

Sat 8 Nov, 7.30pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
01970 623 232 | book online

Tue 11 Nov, 7.30pm
Laban Theatre, London SE8 3DZ
020 8305 9300 | book online

Fri 14 & Sat 15 Nov, 7.30pm
The Point, Eastleigh
023 8065 2333 | book online

Sat 22 Nov, 7.30pm
The Riverfront, Newport
01633 656757 | book online


Photographer Credits: Shaun Jackson  (Flying Into the Dawn)