We’re excited to announce Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) and Beth Gibbons (Portishead) as collaborators on Clarion Call, a large-scale outdoor sonic artwork which will ring out from Ipswich Waterfront for eleven days from Oct 25. Their voices along with Melanie Pappenheim, Elaine Mitchener, Cherise Phillips, and the Wattisham and Honnington Military Wives Choir, and girls from Copleston School, the Roma Choir and South Street Kids all come together projected from 488 speakers under the guidance of folk revivalist Shirley Collins.
Broadcast with audio technology usually employed for emergency and control the artwork is devised by Melbourne based artists Byron J. Scullin, Hannah Fox and Thomas Supple, and is a co-commission with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.
Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future, but instead of unifying us in grief, the composition of reimagined melodies provides a moment for a community to come together in a public ritual en masse.
Clarion Call is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Pacitti Company for the SPILL Festival of Performance. Developed with the support of Dark Mofo Festival, Tasmania. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.