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 labour and transformations of local communities as a single travelling man's trade transitions into the industrial age powered by steam and labour of women and children. As textile factories across Europe close, songs of the linen trade sound an echo of the labour 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 on-going cartography of encounters.
A project by Ivana Ivković, Phil Hession, Christian Cherene and Ivan Marušić Klif.
Co-produced by POGON - Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth (upogoni.org/) and Arts Council North Ireland (artscouncil-ni.org/) as part of Corners of Europe (cornersofeurope.org/), an intercultural arts platform created and developed by six culture organisations in Europe: Intercult (Sweden), Umeå 2014 – European Capital of Culture (Sweden) City Culture Institute (Gdansk, Poland), Exodos Ljubljana (Slovenia), Drugo More (Croatia) and POGON (Croatia). Corners R&D 2011/12 has been funded with support from the European Commission.