The Quays first creative media commission celebrates the area’s unsung heroes
Created by: events events, 10 November 2011
The Quays Partnership, made up of a wide range of culture and leisure attractions, has announced its first ever jointly commissioned artwork – ‘Unsung Heroes’ – an interactive light and sound installation to take place across the historic waterfront location in the run up to Christmas.
Created specifically to bring the public spaces on The Quays to life, the installation involves a series of projections onto ground surfaces of locations around the Quays that people can interact and play with. Best described as a digital kaleidoscope, the lighting takes many shapes and patterns and is constantly evolving so it never looks the same twice. The work has been designed by KMA, creators of pieces for The Royal Opera House, The Institute of Contemporary Art and Prince’s live stage shows. KMA’s 2010 installation ‘Congregation’ was chosen to represent the UK at the Shanghai World Expo before being exhibited at Tate Britain. For ‘Unsung Heroes’ the artists will incorporate archive images and recordings from several local sources including Retracing Salford, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Unlocking Salford Quays, and Imperial War Museum’s oral history collection. KMA are also appealing to local residents to get involved and add or produce material about their unsung heroes for use in the artwork itself. Members of the public can find out more about the project and upload material about their unsung heroes at www.unsungheroesproject.net. The project will also be setting up special ‘Unsung heroes’ postboxes and stalls across Salford and Trafford where people can hand-deliver material connected to their own unsung hero. Said Kit Monkman of KMA: “We hope people will be inspired to make a contribution – a story, poem, anecdote, photograph, drawing or even a comic. We want people to do this throughout the run of the installation. The piece will form and reform as a kind of digital library for fragments of memory and allow us all to pay our respects to the past before we move onto the next exciting phase of Quays history.” ‘Unsung Heroes’ is KMA’s first ever site-specific piece, a brand new installation designed just for The Quays complete with a specially scored soundtrack by renowned composer Peter Broderick. The one-off score will be layered with sections of recorded voices and submitted text to form a rich, poetic conversation about the spirit of Salford and The Quays. Unsung Heroes is open to the public from 29 November and takes place across several locations: • 29 Nov – 3 Dec: Imperial War Museum North, 5pm – midnight • 7 Dec – 17 Dec: Piazza at MediaCityUK, 5pm – midnight • 19 Dec – 21 Dec: The Lowry Plaza, 5pm – midnight The commission is funded by Arts Council England and Salford City Council with in kind support from the cultural and leisure partners on The Quays. The Quays Partnership has recently created The Quays Cultural Framework which outlines its programming ambitions and plans going forward, making sure that ‘Unsung Heroes’ will be the first of many new dynamic commissions taking place at The Quays If you are connected to the area, you can be part of ‘Unsung Heroes’. Visit www.unsungheroesproject.net or call 0161 876 2097 to find out more about contributing stories, images, video or audio content about your own ‘Unsung Hero’. -ends- NOTES TO EDITORS About KMA – www.kma.co.uk KMA’s work focuses on developing interactions between people in public spaces using digitally controlled interactive projections. Whilst their pieces utilise many advanced technologies, the focus of all their pieces is on the human experience and audience response. KMA have dramatically transformed many iconic spaces from London’s Trafalgar Square to Shanghai's Bund with their large-scale installations. Through a diverse range of commissions, including those from the Institute of Contemporary Art, FACT and the Royal Opera House, KMA have been able to explore the impact that their transformation can have on a wide range of audiences. KMA’s 2010 work 'Congregation' was chosen to represent the UK on National Day at the Shanghai World Expo before being shown at Tate Britain. Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler have also collaborated with other prominent artists on a wide range of projects in theatre, film and music, including interactive projections for Prince’s 2011 Tour and 3D projections for DV8 Physical Theatre. About The Quays Visitor Destination Group The QVDG is a strategic partnership of organisations involved in developing and delivering the visitor experience at The Quays. The Group focuses at a strategic level on the key actions required to establish The Quays as a globally significant visitor destination and works with all relevant stakeholders with a responsibility or interest in the visitor economy. The Quays’ vision is for a globally connected waterfront packed full of innovative ideas, activities, inventions and events that inspire everyone and change the way they think, feel and live. The QVDG is made up of representatives of the following organisations: The Lowry, Imperial War Museum North, The Arts Council, Salford City Council, Trafford Council, BBC North, Lowry Outlet Mall, Creative Industries in Salford (Unleashing Creativity), Peel Media, Salford Community Leisure, The University of Salford, Visit Manchester, Lancashire County Cricket Club, and Manchester United. It is supported by three working groups (marketing, event programming & community participation) which have representation from community and voluntary sector organisations as well as the private sector. The Quays: www.quays.org.uk For further details on ‘Unsung Heroes’ or to arrange a press trip to The Quays, please contact Rebecca Barnes at Mason Williams Communications: Tel: 0845 0941 007 E: Rebecca@mason-williams.com
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