Songsmith (Bangor City)

Public interactive sound installation
Various dimensions
Copper, resin, sound
2015

Songsmith (Bangor City) is part of Burchell’s on-going international project, Songsmith, consisting of a series of site-specific sound instruments embedded into cracks, fractures and gaps found in places and objects chosen for their age long histories and rich narratives. These ‘repairs’ follow a method based on the Japanese art and philosophy of Kintsukuroi1. Songsmith explores how to re-connect people to each other and to the world around them by activating the exquisite cracks that narrate the beauty of life lived.
 
Songsmith (Bangor City) repairs three sites in Bangor City, Wales, namely: Bangor Cathedral’s fractured boundary wall, Garth Pier’s 13 missing pavilion shingles and a cracked retaining wall at Bangor University.  Their song is generated from the stories of the everyday citizens who navigate their understanding of home, land, memory and culture in relation to each site.  These sounds were captured during Burchell’s month long residency in Bangor city during which she inhabited each site. Soundscapes are activated by QR codes allowing each viewer to listen to the soundscapes on their smartphone. View the official website for Songsmith (Bangor City) by visiting soundlands.org/songsmith 

You can listen to each songsmith and find out more about their history and contributors by clicking on the links below:

1. Bangor University Songsmith
2. Garth Pier Songsmith
3. Bangor Cathedral Songsmith

Songsmith (Bangor City) was commissioned by Soundlands and was sponsored by Arts Council Wales, The National Lottery, Bangor Cathedral, Bangor University, City of Bangor Council and Ross S Morgan. Audio was created in collaboration with Alex Baily. A special thanks to all the community contributers to this project.
 
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1. Kintsukuroi: (n.) (v.phr.) “To repair with gold”; a Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. It is referred to as a physical expression of the spirit of mushin. Mushin, as a philosophy, alludes to the vicissitudes of existence over time to which all humans are susceptible.