Verity Birt will use her time with BALTIC + The NewBridge Projec to work with local women’s groups to develop a sound piece, video work and live incantation responding to the tradition of Canntaireachd- a melodic oral tradition of women’s chant, and sites of unmarked histories in North East England.
Whilst in Liverpool, Kelvin Brown intends to develop ideas initially conceived in recent in order to further explore the possibilities of using speech within a compositionally musical framework, and the collective social and emotional responses to current geo-political events. He is interested in engaging with both the opinions of individuals, and the challenges the community in Liverpool faces in navigating its place within the current social and political climate.
Metal will support Sabina Sallis to create a video intertwining fact with fiction to depict a visionary scenario about a secretive poetic eco-terrorist society active in Liverpool. Their political actions include activities such as guerilla gardening, seed bombing, ephemeral landart making and also surreal, Dadaist activities that will be invented collaboratively as the project unfolds.
Anthony Shapland will work with an orchestra in Cardiff to film a performance. The focus would be those musicians that are counting bars, or ‘resting’ during a performance in anticipation of making a sound at exactly the right moment; the absolute focus on time and timing in the silence that leads to the noise.
Cecilia Stenbom will use her time at Chapter to research and develop an experimental approach to observational documentary, exploring the idea of the institution in its widest sense, as a civic organisation, an architectural structure and a space where human interaction occurs.
Gary Zhexi Zhang will work with BALTIC + The NewBridge Project seek to understand human interfaces via systems of biological intelligences - he has been growing and observing Physarum Polycephalum (literally, “many-headed slime”), a slime mould which is relatively common in the wild in England. These single celled creatures are profoundly (evolutionarily) primitive, and literally brainless, yet exhibit complex social intelligence by forming distributed networks.