Taking inspiration from the newly restored memorial organ at St Mellitus in North London, which commemorates lives lost and saved in the First World War, Objects as Memorials is about objects that represent us, our stories, and our journeys, past and future. It is about how memories adapt, fragment and meld over time. It is about collections of objects and how conversations inform and shape the memories which surround them.
Objects as Memorials was created through a series of online community workshops, where participants explored their sense of place by collecting objects that represent themselves, their families and their heritage and through dialogue, word collection, sound making, image creating and play. From these collections, a new piece of music – or soundscape – and a film response was made.
The four movements of the soundscape have been made to be listened to as you choose, whether separately or as a whole.
The animations were made in response to each movement of the soundscape and were designed to be watched on their own, or with the soundscape. The four movements are available to listen to below, with the accompanying films alongside them. The animations which accompany movements I-III are silent; the one which goes alongside the final movement IV, Reflections, includes the soundtrack.
Full Piece (sound only):
Objects as Memorials Playlist:
Thank you to everyone involved in creating the sound and images – who composed, recorded, wrote, drew, and took photos.
The four community groups involved were:
Young string players
Arts & Media Islington School students
Members of the London Medical Orchestra
Members of the Cubitt Arts Saturday Socials Group.
The Creative Team:
Tara Franks – Curation, sound & creative workshop lead
Preetha Narayanan –Sound & creative workshop lead
Lucy Steggals – Image, film and creative workshop lead
Filipe Sousa – Sound mixing & mastering
This project is generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.