In this era of divergent voices, enter award winning public arts company Aswarm with their crack team of VEARO’s, out to harness the power of the ‘collective voice’ of our city.
speaking with the collective voice of the city
I'm going to treasure my little bottle of ‘essence of distilled Hull voices’ forever!!!
Our VEARO teams go out across the city capturing 1000’s of samples of the 'power of a cities voice' using their bespoke backpack apparatus, in both Sound & Sticky Vocal-Vapour. – This vocally infused vapour is sucked through the backpack system into a Vocal Vessel, and handed to the participant so they can for the first time in their lives: “ hold their own voice ! ”.
Each Vearo team consists of one senior Vearo (Aswarm) and 2 local trainee assistants.
Across the city all these mini-interventions also serve to invite new audiences, who have invested a little of themselves into the project, to become co-conspirators and advocates to bring people to VOICE PARK.
Each Vocal Pod breath’s until it senses you... then listens for you to call into it... then they respond with a vocal utterance rendered in sound, light & vibration.
The whole installation invites us to explore together speaking with the collective voice of our city. (* - All these phonetic vocal utterances, capture the building blocks of words and vocalisation’s before they get lost in semantics, spoken, whispered, exclaimed and sung! )
The Voice Pods are plumbed together into a giant distillery system, condensing all the voices into a tiny bottle of ‘Essence-du-Voix’. – We are given a bottle to take home with us, for when we may need to draw on the power of our cities collective voice.
Usually the Vearo’s work in a 3-6 week period leading up to the Voice Park installation, hosted within a w/e Festival event.
However we are also exploring different models, for example: in Wolverhampton, our Vearo’s went out gathering voices for Wolvs Literature Festival in 2020, and then will return for more Vearo’ing and installing Voice Park as part of the Wolverhampton hosting the British Art Show in 2021.
In York Mediale we are working with Yorks numerous local library network to train up Vearo’s with their staff going out into the communities and on-site via new vocal capturing machines, and initially in Hull we built a whole local narrative that built up over 5 months.
V1.0: Originally commissioned by: Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Under the Land of Green Ginger (LOGG secret Commissioning Scheme,) Produced by Katy Fuller. LOGG Project Producer Louise Yate. Within a wider narrative: Project VEAR.
V2.0: Developed in partnership with Oxford Contemporary Music, Oxford City Council and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space. With Lighting Designer James Ball & PM Ed Harcourt.
V3.0: In development with York Mediale.
PERFORMERS | Paschale Straiton · Brian Thunder · Andrew Macklin · Lucy Frost · Joe Flemming · Chloe Osborne · Andrew Siddal