It's hard to get the effect on video, as this multi-channel sound piece surrounds visitors in a sea of voices, sounds and changing colour.
Life in Transition was a multi-channel sound and light installation which traveled to Huddersfield Art Gallery and Tolson Museum in 2011.
The installation included oral histories of women who arrived from the South Asian subcontinent to live, study and work in Yorkshire over the last 25 years. Artist Mandeep Samra gathered the material as part of a heritage project for Manasamitra.
Visitors entered a low lit space in which the sound and lighting created a range of sensory and emotional experiences. Stories conveying romantic images of the past were juxtaposed with accounts of the present day, addressing modern day challenges and issues. The poignant memories reflected peoples life journey, evoking feelings of nostalgia, the echoing sounds of mantras taking the listener on an inward and contemplative journey.
Inspired by the stories, Mandeep edited sound bites from the sound archive and worked alongside composer Daniel Weaver to bring the stories to life through the multi-channel sound-scape with changing colour which surrounded visitors in a sea of voices.
Technical direction was by Impossible Theatre with coding by Spencer Roberts. The beginning and end soundtrack entitled 'Lalitha Asthtotram' by Craig Pruess. The piece also includes chanting by Supriya Nagarajan and bansuri flute by Vijay Venkat.
Film by Donna Wood.