An installation for all the senses, inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, presented by Buffalo and Purple Patch Arts.
“You can hear and see, behind the eyes of the sleepers..from where you are, you can hear their dreams.“
Hidden in Leeds Central Library, Dylan Thomas’ writing shed stands as it was in Laugharne, but abstract and deconstructed as if half-remembered, merging with its surroundings. It sits on a small sand out-crop, surrounded by layer upon layer of rippling images. Voices and distant music hang suspended in the air. Echoes, dreams and memories of private worlds.
Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Over time there are shifts and changes. Let your hand rest a while in cold salt water, pick up a shell or perhaps a book. The smell of parsley lingers. Every angle tells a unique story. Stand silently and hear subtle and ambient sounds inspired by the stories of Milk Wood.
Following the success of their most recent exhibition, Evangelist, audio-visual installation artists Buffalo have worked closely with Purple Patch Arts to create an innovative installation. It draws on the themes of Under Milk Wood to create an interactive, collaborative and constantly evolving experience. Visitors are encouraged to share their memories, dreams and ideas of community at the exhibition. Once they have, they are encouraged to return to experience Dreams of Milk Wood again, but this time their story will be part of the experience.
Dreams of Milk Wood is a fully accessible installation which is inspired by, created with, and open to audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). The work explores and reveals Under Milk Wood to both mainstream and disabled audiences in new ways, challenging assumptions on how people with disabilities might collaborate and engage in high quality, innovative art. It demonstrates how the barriers presented by disability, far from hindering the creation and understanding of great work, can actually ignite and expose a far more exciting journey.
Listen to an excerpt here: