Sculpture @CINEDROME, Green Man Festival, Wales, 21 August 2022
Music for Alice Doušová’s film, Kinloss.
Danish shipping company Maersk Line owns the largest containership fleet in the world, with over 600 vessels at its command. A multi-billion dollar industry invisible to many (yet involved in 90% of all cargo transport), a career in shipping promises significant financial reward- let alone the timeless allure of adventure upon the waves.
As Kinloss aims for the next port and day merges into night, we embark on a journey of our own: roaming between the waves and the sky, the control centre and the engine room, the canteen and living quarters. This behemoth of a ship carries a multi-million dollar cargo, along with 23 men and women from around the world- all subject to its strange version of place and time.
As we witness the continual activity demanded by the vessel and its schedule, we hear conversations with members of the crew- and the hidden reality of their work gradually permeates what we see. On board for up to nine months, their experience ranges from Ryan, a young Engine Cadet three months into his first contract, to Captain Kyaw Thu Ya, with over 33 years of employment at Maersk.
Just as the contents of the containers is never known, the identity of those we hear floats just beyond our reach. But through these reflective, personal recordings, the voices and stories of those who facilitate our global consumerism travel to us on land: sharing the possibilities, and costs, of a life spent at sea.
The filmmaker shot the tons of steel moving between Busan and Shenzhen as both a wasteland inhabited by a few human beings and an industrial monument to the cold beauty and helplessness of the advanced phase of consumer capitalism. Fragments of cabins, decks, engines, massive ropes and breathtaking views of the sea complement the depersonalised narratives of a cosmopolitan line-up of employees of the world’s largest transport corporations.
Stereo cassette with two-panel 300gsm card inlay and free download. Audio disturbance: Dan Hayhurst. Design: Reuben Sutherland.
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Ecstatic paean to our favourite synth
Dan Hayhurst: Dell computer, Uher 4000 tape recorder, Sony ‘my first Sony’ Walkman, Soundcraft EPM6 mixer, Oto Machines BIM 12-bit stereo delay unit, Elektron Digitakt
Reuben Sutherland: Technics SL-1200 turntable, Sony NEX 6 camera, paper phenakistiscopes (all designs R Sutherland, printing by Snappy Snaps)
Recorded live 11 December 2020. London
Originally streamed @More Kicks Than Friends 18 December 2020 youtu.be/OExk9VhrS90
Thanks @Ned Rush
Fanfic Telepresence by Sculpture, August 2020
Fanfic Telepresence is a 20 minute documentary configuration of everyday cornucopia, tapes and synthesizer gnarl, conversational fragments, observations, juxtapositions, sensory punchlines, redirected energy, pattern, speculation.
We made this for Channel9319062‘s DREAM APPOLCALYPSE, streamed live 8 September 2020. What you see changes what you hear and what you hear changes what you see. Structure, harmony and discord come and go. It’s a (time) travelogue made in lockdown. Objects and situations lose their original meaning and communicate something else. The music is electromechanical. The pause control of a Uher 4000 tape recorder (Education Authority Unit) sees heavy action. Entities transmit by telepresence, inhabit places, objects and organisms, impersonate themselves.