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Published on Jan 23, 2018
This film documents how visitors interacted with Halfway to Heaven (2017), an interactive multi-channel sound installation created for Folkestone Triennial.
Halfway to Heaven is a 5-channel choral work and sound installation created in response to an invitation from Folkestone Baptist Church and The Bradstone (residents) Association to celebrate the Baptist Burial Ground, an inaccessible ‘island’ for almost 150 years. Peasgood researched some of the people buried in the Baptist Burial Ground using their grave markers and created a choral work and sound installation that is triggered by the presence of a listener. To hear all 5 channels as a unified work, several people need to work together as a community. The composition draws on the history of those buried in the site to create polyrhythmic melodies. Melodies stand alone as independent voices or combine to form a complex whole: a meditation on history, the individual, and group identity (Folkestone Triennial, 2017).
This film was created by Clare Unsworth and Daniel Battersby with Emily Peasgood, and funded by the Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University.