In one of her sketchbooks, there’s a monoprint consisting of five lines that divide a rectangle of paper. A penciled annotation on the following page reads ‘lines of tension, lines of anxiety, lines of thought’.
Developed out of research with composer Richard Glover and Gloucester Cathedral choristers, this expanded film explores the experience of sustained tones in music and the relationship of pitch to colour.
On each filmstrip is a single sustained note sung by a chorister who was given the instructions: “Close your eyes and sustain this (given note) for as long as you can. As you sing, picture a colour. Remember that colour”.
Printed onto each filmstrip in parallel with the voice is a single block of colour. The five film loops cast the lines of the monoprint into physical space, the lengths of film slicing through the semi-dark. With the lenses pulled out of focus, the projectors throw large diffuse spots of colour and filmstrip shadow onto the walls and ceiling, the voices coinciding as the pentatonic harmony shifts through differing degrees of consonance.
Devised with composer Richard Glover. Voices: Gloucester Cathedral Choristers. Co-commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2014 and ICIA University of Bath. Video documentation by Bernard G Mills.