A ballet for navigation buoys, mines, video and sound, with a Virtual Reality option.
Introduction Around the coast lie numerous navigation buoys and disabled mines, in car parks, in shopping malls, and on harbour walls.
Installation Requiem suspends nine buoys in a motorised matrix which permits them to slowly pitch and yaw, and rise and fall, in a choreography driven by a data feed from a tenth buoy offshore. Suspended among the buoys are ships' lanterns and mines, which also rise and fall. The site is surrounded on three sides by bathing huts, to which visitors retreat when the weather turns. At intervals fog descends, with sighs and exhalations, or soap bubbles rise in lighter airs, with laughter. Occasional showers are light to moderate. Umbrellas are optional.
Soundscape A distant soundscape is heard, from offshore, at night, consisting, variously, of:
Taps Knocks Rain Wind Seagulls Drips Barks Grunts Laughter German Silence Arabic Muezzins Whistles Coughs Creaks Mandarin Funfairs Applause Thunder Outboards Weeping Car horns Bagpipes Car alarms Promises Saxophones Whispers Ships' Bells Helicopters Aeolian flutes Fog horns News reports Diesel engines Rock anthems Church bells Tango cadenzas Rattling halyards Football scores Passing trains Rap
Occasional words, including jingles, include:
“...Are you ready, Number One?...” “...Ready about...” “... the blessings which to man...” “...and fasten your seatbelts...” “...This is your captain speaking...” “...she sent the gentle sleep from...” "...do not do, You do not do, anymore, black..." "...when you brush your teeth with..." managed by an Edwardian deck chair ticket inspector at a central mixing desk.
Video projection. At night coastal scenes are projected onto the bathing huts and include night time reflections of traffic lights, headlights, searchlights, harbour lights, streetlights, lighthouses and funfairs, inverted, in moving or still water, to the low hum of a diesel generator. The fourth side provides an unobstructed view out to sea, as though an infinity pool.
Virtual Reality A downloadable VR version will be available, as a record of the event.
Education People of differing generations will contribute to the soundtrack.
Location We seek an industrial space, factory or similar.