ALDEBURGH MUSIC PRESENTS PLACE 2014




Amidst the reeds, water and big skies of the Suffolk Coast, Aldeburgh Music’s annual winter weekend exploring the culture and meanings of landscapes returns for its fourth edition this weekend (1 – 2 Febuary) with a wide-ranging exploration of what it means to hold your ground and occupy a place.

In the company of award-winning writers, thinkers, musicians, film-makers, and artists, PLACE will consider the rich incarnations of the ever more relevant idea of ‘Occupation’.

A familiar term through the recent global encampments, forms of committed engagement – cultural, social and political – with locations both rural and urban continue to take on many different and equally enlivening expressions.

At a time of funding cuts and shrinking cultural horizons, staying where we are might be a new measure of success. Ambition remains the yardstick but, freed from an imperative that demands that we always move forward, perhaps the chance to stand still and take stock can also make us better appreciate where we have come from, and what we actually have.

This desire to keep hold of what we have gained and not give it up can also be infused with a new consideration for the small-scale and the local, in which the refusal-to-move of the peaceful sit-down protest becomes invested with a heightened feeling for our immediate surroundings. As we occupy space, we gain a sharper knowledge of how the nuances and specificities of place inform us and a larger sense of vocation. And in the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, this theme takes on a special resonance.

As always, the approaches to PLACE will be various – readings, screenings, music, performance, discussion, installation and walks – including the regional premiere of Mercury Prize-shortlisted band Field Music’s new score to accompany John Grierson’s classic silent documentary Drifters.

And there is a special pleasure in announcing Stay Where You Are, a series of four world premiere commissions, responding to this year’s theme, by artists renowned for their actual and imaginative travels. Artist-Composer Jem Finer, Poet Lavinia Greenlaw, Essayist Jay Griffiths and Filmmaker Ben Rivers will file a year of seasonal dispatches in their chosen media from where they are, premiering their first at PLACE. Produced in association with Film and Video Umbrella, these are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

In addition, writers, filmmakers, artists as diverse as Iain Sinclair, Patrick Kieller, Sukhdev Sandhu, John Berger and Paul Morley offer meditations and reflections on diverse forms of occupation – in place and human life.

PLACE is curated by Gareth Evans in association with Aldeburgh Music. More details can be found here: 

Amidst the reeds, water and big skies of the Suffolk Coast, Aldeburgh Music’s annual winter weekend exploring the culture and meanings of landscapes returns for its fourth edition this February with a wide-ranging exploration of what it means to hold your ground and occupy a place. 

In the company of award-winning writers, thinkers, musicians, film-makers, and artists, PLACE will consider the rich incarnations of the ever more relevant idea of ‘Occupation’.

 

A familiar term through the recent global encampments, forms of committed engagement – cultural, social and political – with locations both rural and urban continue to take on many different and equally enlivening expressions.

At a time of funding cuts and shrinking cultural horizons, staying where we are might be a new measure of success. Ambition remains the yardstick but, freed from an imperative that demands that we always move forward, perhaps the chance to stand still and take stock can also make us better appreciate where we have come from, and what we actually have.

 

This desire to keep hold of what we have gained and not give it up can also be infused with a new consideration for the small-scale and the local, in which the refusal-to-move of the peaceful sit-down protest becomes invested with a heightened feeling for our immediate surroundings. As we occupy space, we gain a sharper knowledge of how the nuances and specificities of place inform us and a larger sense of vocation. And in the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, this theme takes on a special resonance.

As always, the approaches to PLACE will be various – readings, screenings, music, performance, discussion, installation and walks – including the regional premiere of Mercury Prize-shortlisted band Field Music’s new score to accompany John Grierson’s classic silent documentary Drifters.

And there is a special pleasure in announcing Stay Where You Are, a series of four world premiere commissions, responding to this year’s theme, by artists renowned for their actual and imaginative travels. Artist-Composer Jem Finer, Poet Lavinia Greenlaw, Essayist Jay Griffiths and Filmmaker Ben Rivers will file a year of seasonal dispatches in their chosen media from where they are, premiering their first at PLACE. Produced in association with Film and Video Umbrella, these are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

In addition, writers, filmmakers, artists as diverse as Iain Sinclair, Patrick Kieller, Sukhdev Sandhu, John Berger and Paul Morley offer meditations and reflections on diverse forms of occupation – in place and human life.

PLACE is curated by Gareth Evans in association with Aldeburgh Music. 

www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/place-occupation


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