Lost and Found is one component of a larger work called The Foundling. This new work will be shown next year at the Foundling Museum in London as a performance in April as part of the Handel celebrations and then in October as a video and sound installation. This is a work in progress, an opportunity allowing us to explore certain themes and ideas, that may form part of the final work.

 

Synopsis

 

Lost and Found, Drunk and Disorderly are just two of the components that make up the new Sound and Video work The Foundling. The team that brought Broken Voices to the Tête à Tête last year return with a section from their new work that will be shown at the Foundling Museum, London in 2009.

 

Terry Smith is a visual artist who has exhibited at four biennials in Venice, the last time in 2007. The video installation will be shown next year at the Foundling Museum. As with Broken Voices, this new work will be split into two parts, a video and sound installation and a touring live performance, with sound and video projections.

 

The collaboration with Ian Dearden, renowned composer and vocalist Linda Hirst is an essential element in the development of the project. Just as in Broken Voices Smith develops the work through performances and workshop, although essentially destined to become an art installation for galleries and museum, the process of collaboration crosses over into music and sound works.

 

There are three major influences on this work Hogarth, Vivaldi and Handel. At this stage it will be near impossible to see/hear those influences. This is a solo cello piece with video monitors and recorded voice. Lost and Found is one section from The Foundling.

 

This is an experimental work and includes a new piece created for Oliver Coates by Ian Dearden, a piece for cello. This is the first time this work will have been seen

 

 

Terry Smith, Ian Dearden & Linda Hirst Produced by Clare Fitzpatrick


Presented by workinprogress


Special guests Oliver Coates (cello) and Thomas Dearden


 


Terry Smith is a visual artist, best known for cutting into the physical structure of buildings. Projects have included interventions at the British Museum and Tate Modern during its refurbishment. He is preoccupied with exploring and experimenting in new media. Recent shows this year have included, La Monnaie de Paris, and in HiFi with Artprojx in New York and work in the forthcoming Manifesta 2008. Smith’s recent video and sound work, Broken Voices a collaboration with Ian Dearden and Linda Hirst, was presented last year at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. Broken Voices was also performed at last years Venice Biennial, and the A-Foundation in Liverpool. The piece was finally shown as a video installation at The Pavilion in Bexhill in 2007/8. For this project, Lost and Found, he has invited Ian and Linda to collaborate once again, also including for this performance the Celloist Oliver Coates.


 


Ian Dearden (composer) made his mark on London’s vibrant new music scene of the mid 1980s. His first major collaborations included Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus at ENO in 1984. He founded Sound Intermedia with David Sheppard in 1996, the year in which his drama for radio The Voluptuous Tango won a Sony award and Prix Italia.


 


Linda Hirst (vocalist) began her career during the early music revival of the early seventies. From 1974-78 she was a Swingle Singer, and co-founded Electric Phoenix. With both groups she travelled the world. Linda has performed with many of the world’s leading composers and orchestras, conductors and chamber ensembles in festivals, broadcasts and recordings.


 


Oliver Coates (celloist) plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta, Mira Calyx, The House of Bedlam, the Ossian Ensemble, Sound Intermedia, the London Contemporary Orchestra and RADIUS (founding member). He is also artistic director of Sounds Underground, a new music organisation in London promoting collaborative projects with distinctive young composers.