The Secret Lives of a Building – Photo by EL Heath
I’m a bit late sharing this one, but here’s the set I put together for The Secret Lives of a Building, a single night exhibition of performances and installations at The Vaults bar in the Jewellery Quarter. The event featured a series of works that explored the historical and fictional resonances of the space, which was a brewery in a former life and is rumoured to have been a workhouse and even a women’s prison in its time. The work was incredible – you can find links to the artists involved in my previous post.
I (loosely) took my cues from the building and the idea of songs that evoke certain feelings and times, even if it was produced in a different period, which is a fiction or affectation in itself. I also drew on the notion of hauntology, a term originally coined by Derrida but applied to music by Rip It Up And Start Again author Simon Reynolds to describe music that has a spectral resonance. Boomkat have a great introduction to the genre (!), featuring artists such as The Caretaker and the Advisory Circle, here.
Grandaddy – What Happened… // Mercury Rev – Blackbird’s Call // Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground // M. Ward – One Life Away // The Caretaker – False Memory Syndrome // Tom Waits – Innocent When You Dream (78′) // Califone – A Wish Made While Burning Onions Will Come True // The Gentlemen Losers – Gold Dust Afternoon // Molina & Johnson – All Gone, All Gone // Calexico – Crumble // Max Richter – A Sudden Manhattan of the Mind // Volcano Choir – And Gather // Burial – Night Bus // Epic45 – In All the Empty Houses // Aphex Twin – Hankie // Boards of Canada – Alpha and Omega // Hannu – Pop // Avrocar – Dialogue // Fieldhead – Document // Beach House – Norway // Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue // July Skies – Holidays to Wales // The Advisory Circle – We Are Coming Back to Dance With You // Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able // White Hinterland – Icarus
I know we normally put together a Spotify playlist but not enough of the tracks are on there to make it worthwhile.