Audio Visual performance exploring historical and contemporary accounts of migration
22 October, 12 November 2009
Promised Lands: new work by Flow Motion
Iniva at Rivington Place
22 October, 12 November 2009, 6:30pm
Iniva presents exciting new work by Flow Motion at Rivington Place. Through two multimedia performances Flow Motion artists Edward George and Anna Piva showcase developments in their ongoing project Promised Lands. They explore historical and contemporary accounts of migration using songs and texts gathered in their multidisciplinary, multicultural archive.
Since completing the first phase of their residency at Iniva in May 2009, Flow Motion have delved yet further into the ideas and themes of the project, selecting from their vast collection of material to create one hundred textual narratives accompanied by visuals in the form of triptychs.
The songs have been collected from histories and cultures across the world, spanning a 400 year history of migration from the 1600s to the present day. They open doors to new narratives, forming unexpected connections, and making the journey to the Promised Land a fascinating and unpredictable one. The diverse sources for the material include the first documented African American slave songs, Bob Marley's Exodus, Palestinian liberation songs, orchestral work by Jewish composer Wojciech and William Blake's Jerusalem.
"'Promised Lands', we discovered, are haunted lands, haunted by the stories of other Promised Lands, haunted by the migrant, the displaced, the forcibly removed, the vanquished, and the past and place from which s/he is part and apart." Flow Motion
There will be a live audio visual performance presentation on 22 October where the artists reflect on their work to date and take part in a Q&A session. This will then be followed by a live performance installation with new sound and visual elements on 12 November.
To reserve a free place for these events email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7749 1240. Flow Motion have also created an interactive website and comments forum at http://www.promisedlands.info/ which you are invited to participate in, as well as a touring installation.
Flow Motion have previously exhibited in the Centre Pompidou, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and most recently at the ISEA, and have previously worked with Iniva on their installation Dissolve in 2001.