In this talk, composer, creative producer and artist Jennifer Bell discusses her research project 'Songography' which looks at alternative ways of mapping an area, based on how we locate ourselves and our communities.
Bell has been working with people from Mounts Bay to discover stories, which she interweaves with unaccompanied song, infused with verbatim from interviews. This material builds a cartographical picture, based on the interactions we have with it and with each other.
Jennifer Bell is a composer, creative producer and artist who creates song portraits of people drawn from verbatim material. She specialises in close-harmony vocal compositions, through which she chronicles places or groups of people. Her practice was the focus of Michael Rosen’s BBC Radio 4’s ‘Word of Mouth’, following her song tour of The Houses of Parliament, ‘Mouthpiece’.
Her BBC Radio docu-drama ‘Bread and Butter’ was shortlisted for Best Drama Production (BBC Radio and Music Awards) and made an international pre-selection for Best Radio Drama (Grand Prix Nova). She stages arts events and performances in unusual locations, such as on buses, in offices and in living rooms, and she has worked nationally and internationally at arts venues such as Bristol Old Vic (UK), Seedworks (USA), and Sophiensaele (DE).
Open Studio Fridays
From 10:00 - 17:00 you can stay at the Studio for Open Studio Fridays - join us to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. The Studio provides chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Tell us what you’re up to, or allow us to facilitate conversations within the resident community. Studio staff and residents will be around to chat, answer questions, or tell you more about what we do. The open afternoons close at 17:00, sometimes with a trip to the Café & Bar.
Where to find us
The Lunchtime Talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio, which is in Watershed. The Studio is just beyond the Café & Bar, turn right and then go down the corridor to your left (where the toilets are). The double doors here will be open, go all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.