Dartington International Summer School '18

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Attendance at the Dartington International Summer School and recipient of the John Amis Award - a scholarship to support a 1 week course of intensive study for an Australian musician.

I spent a wonderful week studying with Neil Brand and the Dead Rat Orchestra on an installation piece within the grounds of Dartington. This piece involved an electronic file, completed at the academy, installed within 4 large tree hollows. Each tree had a speaker either hidden within its surface or in view as strange clockwork-esque flowers.

Each of tree played a file and saturated the audience in a space where sounds rise and fall suddenly. The rationale behind the piece was a comment on memory in place - thinking about the many centuries of activities that have passed at the grounds and those same four trees watching over it all.

Presented here is an excerpt of one of the files which was strung through the trees and played as a continuous installation. The image for the piece is a cross section of the brain - presenting the arbre de vie.

Special thank you to Isla Barring and the team at Tait Memorial Trust.

Kirsten Milenko