Bangor Sound City’s second season concludes with South African artist Jenna Burchell’s specially commissioned installations for Bangor.
For Songsmith, Burchell has discovered forgotten cracks in Bangor’s architecture and filled them with sound art. Three cracks, fractures and gaps found in the walls, objects and streets of Bangor have been ‘mended’ with a sound instrument called a songsmith.
Each songsmith has a unique QR code nearby which allows you to reveal site-specific audio soundscapes via your smartphone.
You can find the artworks at Bangor Cathedral, on Garth Pier and at Bangor University.
“These exquisite fractures are chosen for their age-long histories and rich narratives, they tell of the beauty of life despite complications and imperfections.” ― Jenna Burchell
To repair the cracks, Jenna has created unique casts following a method based on the Japanese art and philosophy of Kintsukuroi – repairing broken crockery with golden lacquer.
During a month-long residency in Bangor, Burchell collected ‘aural ballads’ through her encounters with local people. These soundscapes tell the stories of the everyday citizens who navigate their understanding of home, land, memory and culture in relation to each site.