in clean air we fly — a new outdoor electronic symphony for 8 channels, inspired by London’s air pollution by Kaffe Matthews :: Call for Participation: 200 cyclists needed to power sound installation! :: December 6; 12:00 – 9:00 pm :: Staged the weekend before the UN CLimate change conference in Copenhagen, in clean air we fly it continues indoors at the Vortex Jazz Club,Gillett Square, December 7-11; 12:00 – 6:00 pm.
World-renowned sound artist Kaffe Matthews has made a new eight-channel audio work which will be an electronic symphony surrounding Gillett Square. The artwork invites audiences, and cycling participants, to reflect on her clean air paths playing through the polluted London air. This one-day installation on Gillett Square is also the inaugural event of the Invisible Dust enquiry by artists and scientists into air pollution, health and climate change which is led by the Hackney-based curator Alice Sharp.
In keeping with the environmental focus of the project, the power for the sound will be produced by bicycles. Cyclists are invited to take part for fifteen minute sessions to keep the sound levels live throughout the day, with over 200 participants needed in total.
The creation of the electronic symphony has involved two weeks of workshops led by Kaffe Matthews with young people at Colvestone and Shacklewell Primary schools. During the workshops young people aged 8-10 worked with the artist to gather air pollution-related sound recordings, invented carbon free transport solutions and logged air pollution statistics to filter and process the material of a new music composition. One of the project’s scientists, Atmospheric Chemist Professor Peter Brimblecombe also gave an assembly talk at each school to stimulate a wider discussion about air pollution amongst students and teachers.
Staged on the weekend before the UN Climate change conference in Copenhagen, in clean air we fly seeks to re-engage people in the issues around UK air pollution. Central to Matthews’s current work are her environmental concerns, and so the installation will only play if visitors to the event cycle its bicycle powered audio system which will be provided by the ecology collective Magnificent Revolution.
in clean air we fly is commissioned by Invisible Dust and produced by Hackney Co-operative Development’s Gillett Squared project.
Local partners: Colvestone Primary School, Jenny Staff, A Space/Shacklewell Primary School
Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Hackney Council.
More about the artist
Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new music via all kinds of digital gadgetry internationally for fifteen years. She is now most known for her live sampling performances of events and places in real time and the collective project “music for bodies” which makes sonic furniture and music to feel rather than just listen to. Recent works include The Marvelo Project (2008, above, photo by Kaffe Matthews), a Folkestone Triennial commission, which enabled visitors to cycle their own path through the work from specially made GPS linked stereo bicycles, and Fathers (2009), an audiovisual opera with the Lappetites, just premiered HKW, Berlin. Currently she is working with the Gluts to make the musical performance Café Carbon for the Copenhagen climate summit, and Symphony Hammerhead, an ambitious collaboration with shark scientists to make an audio visual work for 2011, after a recent Gulbenkian Galapagos Islands residency. Her 2004 collaboration Weightless Animals was awarded a BAFTA, she received a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship in 2005 and an Award of Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica 2006 for the work Sonic Bed London. In 2006 she was made an Honorary Professor of Music, Shanghai Music Conservatory and in 2009 a patron of the Galapagos Conservation Trust shark project. Her stereo solo works are available through: www.annetteworks.com