Jenna Burchell: Homing: Art15 (Olympia Exhibition Halls, London)

Overview

Homing is an unique instrument that allows an audience to wander through a forest of glimmering copper strings, strung from floor to ceiling, to touch, listen and play their memories of home.  Dogs barking, laughter, thunder, traffic, a piano - wherever you may be today, wherever you may live, each string of the artist Jenna Burchell’s touch-sensitive instrument Homing triggers familiar sounds that take you back to that place, real or imagined, where you know you belong, feel safe, breathe easily. 
 
The travelling project Homing encourages audiences to talk about what home means to them in the context of diaspora.  It is an opportunity to move diverse people to interact and exchange stories, embracing their differences and similarities.  This meticulously hand-built interactive environment has been designed to be an accessible and exciting meeting of contemporary art, sound and live interactive participation.
 
The unique soundscapes are recorded and collected with the local communities prior to each exhibition.  Some of these memories, conversations and ambient sounds are heard raw, others processed into intricate musical tones. 

 

The structure is a “memory harp” that consists of many copper wires. Run your hands up and down the surface and it will play sounds from daily life. The work seeks to explore how intimacy can be evoked by sound, and will expand as the piece travels with the artist while she adds sections with sounds from each city they visit. As it stands, the work includes 168 strings in sets of 7, making 24 string sets with heights varying from 250-900 cm.

Homing is an unique instrument that allows an audience to wander through a forest of glimmering copper strings, strung from floor to ceiling, to touch, listen and play their memories of home.  Dogs barking, laughter, thunder, traffic, a piano - wherever you may be today, wherever you may live, each string of the artist Jenna Burchell’s touch-sensitive instrument Homing triggers familiar sounds that take you back to that place, real or imagined, where you know you belong, feel safe, breathe easily. 
 
The travelling project Homing encourages audiences to talk about what home means to them in the context of diaspora.  It is an opportunity to move diverse people to interact and exchange stories, embracing their differences and similarities.  This meticulously hand-built interactive environment has been designed to be an accessible and exciting meeting of contemporary art, sound and live interactive participation.
 
The unique soundscapes are recorded and collected with the local communities prior to each exhibition.  Some of these memories, conversations and ambient sounds are heard raw, others processed into intricate musical tones. 

 

The structure is a “memory harp” that consists of many copper wires. Run your hands up and down the surface and it will play sounds from daily life. The work seeks to explore how intimacy can be evoked by sound, and will expand as the piece travels with the artist while she adds sections with sounds from each city they visit. As it stands, the work includes 168 strings in sets of 7, making 24 string sets with heights varying from 250-900 cm.

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