Experience Mobilities of Memory:

…, these sounds give way to fragments of stories from the men in the trenches; a stilted marriage proposal, an enquiry about health, a thank you for kippers sent through the post, a description of daily conditions and accounts of the terrible realities of the conflict. Approaching the Cenotaph, the soldiers’ words are disrupted by ever intensifying GPS interference. This distant, targeting technology of modern day warfare, …

Please join us on the 9th of November for an evening fieldtrip to see and discuss Jen Southern’s (Cemore’s Mobilities Lab Director) Homing artwork produced in collaboration with Sam Thulin (Cemore Postdoc). We’ll go on the train from Lancaster to Preston (a 15 minute journey, then walk 10-15 min to Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, £7.50 return).

Depart Lancaster Station 16:57 (Meet from 16:40 on the platform)

Return trains go every 15 min or so from Preston station until late.

There is a limited set of free rail tickets available. Please contact m.buscher@lancaster.ac.uk if you need one.

Wednesday 9 November 6pm – 7.30pm
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

1st Floor Discover Preston gallery
Free
Homing artist Jen Southern, writer Dominic Smith and award winning Cenotaph architect Charlie MacKeith come together to discuss
the work and the relationship between monuments and collective memory.Homing is an interactive sound artwork, experienced through headphones, animating the original letters of Preston soldiers serving in the front line trenches of WW1. Using sound to make connections between presence and absence, people and place, displacement and home, the experience begins at the Roll of Honour in the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and moves out onto the Flag Market and the Cenotaph. At the Roll of Honour, a sound composition from the cemeteries at the Somme can be heard, with all the sensory qualities of the local conditions; wind, rain, whistling, stonework. Out on the Flag Market, these sounds give way to fragments of stories from the men in the trenches; a stilted marriage proposal, an enquiry about health, a thank you for kippers sent through the post, a description of daily conditions and accounts of the terrible realities of the conflict. Approaching the Cenotaph, the soldiers’ words are disrupted by ever intensifying GPS interference. This distant, targeting technology of modern day warfare, creates a sonic fog through which individual voices can no longer be heard.

Southern, Mackeith and Smith will consider the perpetuation of memory through objects, including the supposed permanence of architectural monuments, and the interpretation of past and present through sensory experience. A new publication on the work and a Homing app for smartphone will also be launched.

Homing has also been selected as a case study on sound based art by the British Art Network and Contemporary Art Society for a special event On Space and Soundheld at Tate Britain on 27 October.

Click here for additional project information and video.

Homing is a special commission by In Certain Places and Preston Remembers, created by artists Jen Southern and Sam Thulin with the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire.