Roll Call (2018)
pf, tape, video
Written for Heloisa Amaral with funding from Norwegian Arts. Premiered at the Almost Connect Festival, Oslo in 2018.
“I realise that making in prose a decent pattern out of what happens to come your way is a preoccupation, which, in a sense, has no higher ambitions than, for a brief moment in time, to rescue something out of that stream of history that keeps rushing past.”
The subject of the piece is a panoramic photograph of the pupils and teachers of a boys’ school in Romford, Essex made in 1946. The work explores notions of biography, memory and nostalgia and attempts to forge an audio-visual music using the image itself, speculations concerning the lives of the people in the shot, and a sonic space spun out of field recording representing the school playing-field on which this photograph was taken.