Playing the Field * Leslie Deere
Playing The Field is a fun, interactive event for the whole family bringing three fields to life with a collection of sound and music installations.
Four artists – ranging from leading sound artists who’ve created work for Kew Gardens and the Edinburgh Festival to young talent – have been specially commissioned to create new works that animate and ‘play’ with local fields.
Come and immerse yourself in a Sound Field, walk through a garden of pinwheels and follow a trail of Aeolian harps. Trigger the hidden sounds and stories of your local community via an installation of special bird houses and telephones. Create your own junk instrument and perform in a junk orchestra. Plus play an interactive sampling game based on Bean Bag Toss and record your own track.
With a friendly fête-style atmosphere, this is a contemporary arts event with a difference. Many of the artists have created works using local recycled materials and recordings from each of the villages.
About the new commissions and artists:
Leslie Deere / Pinwheel Garden & Harp Trail
Inspired by colourful childhood toys, Leslie’s Pinwheel Garden will be a playful kinetic cluster of pinwheels that spin in the wind. Some will offer an interactive element in that they will need to be hand cranked. When a visitor turns the handle, an antique music box mechanism begins playing a specially composed piece of music. Harp Trail will see an area of the field that forms a trail of Aeolian harps for visitors to walk through. The harps will be eco-friendly and wind powered. This is a sound installation, which is animated by shifting circulations of wind. The harps will be tuned to warm melodic notes, producing an evocative drone of sound.
Award winning sound artist Leslie Deere has exhibited internationally across the UK including Kew Gardens, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Hampton Court Palace, the BFI and Whitechapel Gallery. Forthcoming projects include an Audio Architecture show in London and a group exhibition at Galerie Analix Forever in Paris at the end of the year.
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