“I like that as a former church Fabrica has been sung in. The fabric of the building has vibrated with sound. Where are the traces of this? The air in the volume of the space has been filled with invisible sound”.
For this work commissioned by Fabrica, sculptor Susie MacMurray suspended thousands of musical manuscripts from the ceiling to create a fragile landscape that resonated with the history of the building.
The manuscripts had been assembled from a variety of sources – hymns that might have been sung at Holy Trinity when it was a church, other religious, choral and chamber works but also jazz and more recent popular music – all in different ways emphasising music as an ephemeral, shared and emotional experience.
Susie MacMurray is a classical musician turned visual artist. Her work encompasses drawing and sculpture and ranges in scale from the small and intimate to the architectural. Her engagement with materials and with the body is at the heart of her practice. She has completed several site-specific installations that have sought to immerse or overwhelm the viewer and describes these works as producing ‘a physical experience akin to the sensation a musician feels playing at the centre of an orchestra.’
‘One way to imagine music is as a complex intertwining landscape of sounds textures, volumes and rhythms. I am thinking about how the light in the space – itself a transient, moving and ever-changing thing – could help to describe an alternative musical landscape.’
On Thursday 18 July 6-7.30pm Susie MacMurray discussed her past work and artistic approach with Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of the School of Arts and the Digital Industries of the University of East London, and UK editor of Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture.
Much of the sheet music purchased to create Resonance came from the Music Corner. They have been selling secondhand sheet music and instruments to raise money to build a school in India.
Resonance is part of Time and Place, a collaborative project with organisations in the UK and France funded by the Interreg Iva Channel programme. For more information on the project and the partners visit timeandplaceproject.org
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Thanks for the music!
Great work. Perfect for the space. Invites contemplation when you spend time with it.
Subtle + delicate – love that viewers can lie back in beanbag chairs to appreciate it!
Photographs by Ben Harding