Aswarm & Thor McIntyre-Burnie

Artist & Sound Designer and home of Aswarm

Creative Director of Aswarm (Public Arts Org ) and Swarm Sonics (Sound Design Company).

Aka: Thor McIntyre • Thor McBurnie • Thor McB  •  aswarmthing


IMG_8648 copy IMG_8846 copy‘FLYING INTO THE DAWN..’

7th June-20th July 2014.

The Wind Tunnels Project, 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.

• 31st Oct-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).



Nov 2014 (TBC ), @ Oxford Festival of Lights, Oxford, UK.

20-28th Sept (TBC), Placcc Festival, Budapest (pending funding decision).

• 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9 Historians co-ordinated by Stefan Benedik, gathering half the content from archived texts (much of which previously unpublished) from the Hinterland during WW1, contextualised with the Tweets from current zones of conflict & resistance.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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RITES OF WAR  : touring Choreographic Performance.

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

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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!

Rites of War – Autumn Tour Dates:

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)