peace camp sound installation for london 2012 festival
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jul 16, 2012
peace camp sound installation for london 2012 festival


‘peace camp’ by deborah warner, created in collaboration with fiona shaw with soundscape by mel mercier
19-22 July 2012, various locations: a co-commission by london 2012 festival and city of culture 2013, produced by artichoke
www.peacecamp2012.com
image © matthew andrews

designed by director deborah warner in collaboration with actress fiona shaw and composer mel mercier, ‘peace camp‘ is an immersive installation
and soundscape that sets britain’s coastline aglow with 2000 illuminated tents. the project is realized by artichoke creative agency, for exhibition
from july 19th – 22nd, 2012 in the UK as part of the london 2012 festival.

from dusk through dawn at eight coastal locations, the natural sounds of wave and wind intermingle with spoken recordings of words and love poetry
representing a spectrum of traditions and languages across the centuries, all emanating from a campsite of glowing tents set across the landscape.
the historic sites of the installation include the mussenden temple built in 1785 along ireland’s coleraine; the 18th century fort and ancient settlement
of fort fiddes in scotland, home to the north sea’s only known bottlenose dolphins; and the 700-year old ruin of dunstanburgh castle in england.
‘peace camp’ visitors to one location– godrevy in north cornwall, england– experience the installation from a boat along the beach’s shores;
for all others they walk directly among the tents and grasses.

about the quiet and ever-shifting cacophony of voices in the soundscape, composer mel mercier reflects:

while the poems were originally recorded separately as solo renditions, at different times and in different locations, in this composition two or more poems,
or fragments of poems, may be woven together to create a duet or a trio. pushing into each other, their dialogue reveals shared and contrary perspectives
on love, while the play of consonance and dissonance in the counterpoint between them draws out the rhythm and music of the poetic language. in these
various configurations, the poems inhabit a shared sonic landscape
.’


video preview of ‘peace camp’
video © matthew andrews / joe murray, courtesy artichoke trust

designed to celebrate peace, the installation is also careful to respect the existing environments of each of its locations: the existence of special
maritime grasses has dictated the placement of each tent, and a specialist seabird ecologist was called in to the godrevy island site to ensure
that the encampment does not negatively affect the natural habitat and habits of local birds.

an online version of ‘peace camp’ invites users to record their own reading of one of the site’s poems, upload literature, take photographs,
or write messages and dedications. individuals can also listen to or download the soundscape online for a limited time period.


listen here to a preview of mel mercier’s soundscape for ‘peace camp’; for a short time, the full version can be downloaded at www.peacecamp2012.com


test installation and rehearsal in the artichoke warehouse in greenwich
‘peace camp’ by deborah warner, created in collaboration with fiona shaw with soundscape by mel mercier
19-22 July 2012, various locations: a co-commission by london 2012 festival and city of culture 2013, produced by artichoke
www.peacecamp2012.com

image © matthew andrews


closer view, test installation and rehearsal in the artichoke warehouse in greenwich
‘peace camp’ by deborah warner, created in collaboration with fiona shaw with soundscape by mel mercier
19-22 July 2012, various locations: a co-commission by london 2012 festival and city of culture 2013, produced by artichoke
www.peacecamp2012.com

image © matthew andrews


test installation in glamorgan
‘peace camp’ by deborah warner, created in collaboration with fiona shaw with soundscape by mel mercier
19-22 July 2012, various locations: a co-commission by london 2012 festival and city of culture 2013, produced by artichoke
www.peacecamp2012.com

image © matthew andrews


view of cemaes bay in anglesey, wales, one of the sites for the ‘peace camp’ installation


installation planning map, aerial view of cemaes bay in anglesey, wales


soundscape planning for the proposed ‘peace camp’ installation in cemaes bay in anglesey, wales

image © john del’nero


detail soundscape planning for the installation across multiple tents
image © john del’nero

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