“Atlas of Tremors” Basecamp in Belfast

Christian Cherene, Phil Hession and Ivana Ivkovic met in Belfast in August for two weeks of their research and development of “Atlas of Tremors”.

I am a wee weaver confined to my loom…

Taking as its central motif the contemporary computers’ predecessor, the Jacquard weaving loom – a 19th century mechanical machine programmed by means of punched cards, a synthesizer of complex patterns, an instrument that would shape both the industrial and the computational developments of modern times – Atlas of Tremors confronts live sung historical folk song with contemporary digital sound processing.

Presenting a selection of songs composed and sung firstly by handloom linen weavers and later by textile mill workers to contemporary audiences, Atlas of Tremors gives an insight into transformations of labor and transformations of local communities as a single traveling man’s trade transitions into the industrial age powered by steam and labor of women and children. As textile factories across Europe close, songs of the linen trade sound an echo of the labor of generations past.

The echo resonates in the tremors of the affective response of the performer, modulating the vocal performance in real-time and creating a variation of the work each time it is performed. As Atlas of Tremors travels to different locales, with each occurrence it maps an evolution of the material sung, reshaping it by the performer’s affective state, response of the audience and the environment of the live event, leading to an ongoing cartography of encounters.

Co-Creations produced on “Atlas of Tremors” Basecamp in Belfast:

  • Atlas of Tremors

    Taking as its central motif the contemporary computers’ predecessor, the Jacquard weaving loom, the performance Atlas of Tremors confronts live sung folk song with digital sound processing. The Jacquard weaving loom was a 19th century technological advancement – a mechanical machine whose weaving patterns were programmed by means of punched cards, an instrument that would shape both the industrial age and the development of computers in modern times.

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Artists in Basecamp: