If I was going to be in Wellington this Thursday, I would be making a point of being in the vicinity of this. *
Amy Howden-Chapman: The Flood, My Chanting
This Thursday 9 October 2008, an event commencing at 1.00 pm*
The chanting of bells will be heard in Wellington city on Thursday 9th October. Triggered by a ship’s bell installed on Jervois Quay by the Lagoon, a circuit of ringing bells will progress inner city before returning to the harbour beside the Meridian building. Wellington-based artist Amy Howden-Chapman has choreographed the street circuit, using antique marine bells from the Wellington Museum of City and Sea’s collection. Their placement delineates the part of central city most under threat from future flooding, and considers the how Wellington’s waterfront environment has been shaped and settled over time.
*if raining, the event will be postponed until Friday 10 October 2008 at 2.00 pm
I am a recent convert to this kind of art. Why? Well this captures it a little:
“Amy Howden-Chapman works in a range of media including performative collaborations. Her work considers social and emotional responses to our surroundings, particularly sites where urban settings meet natural and environmental phenomena. A dance is created between fable and fact, science and prophecy. Reaction is summoned, and an event becomes a chant.” [my emphasis]
I know it sounds a little over the top but when an artwork or event actually achieves this – it’s magic. I have to admit this performance is also extremely ‘accessible’.
Speaking of Bells, I came across this today and really liked it.
I am supposed to be writing a piece about the medicalisation of childbirth at the moment and am finding it about as joyful as Vanessa looks. Maybe she had good cause though – the complex lives and loves of the Bloomsburies and all. Nice little video/talk about this pic here.
*This is not an advertisement. I actually wish I could go – so hoping others will and report back.