Instrument (Merriam-Webster, 2022):
a device used to produce music, also a singing voice
especially one designed for precision work
a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered: one used by another as a means or aid
BLETCHLEY - STANIER SQUARE
WOLVERHAMPTON - OLD MARKET SQUARE
LEICESTER - HUMBERSTONE GATE
GRIMSBY - ST JAMES'S SQUARE
HUDDERSFIELD - ST GEORGE'S SQUARE
BLACKBURN - CATHEDRAL
BARROW IN FURNESS - DUKE STREET, TOWN SQUARE
NEWCASTLE - NELSON STREET
PLYMOUTH - CENTRAL PARK EVENTS SPACE
SOUTHAMPTON - BARGATE
FARNBOROUGH - QUEENSMEAD CAR PARK
CRAWLEY - MEMORIAL GARDENS
HACKNEY LONDON - RUSHMOOR ROAD
In this project, I seek to uncover the Moon Arkestra's capacity for radical truth-telling through the instruments its members embody and play.
I want to highlight how each respective member of the Moon Arkestra has created new gateways for becoming sonic experts.
The Arkestra's instruments act as communication channels for the expression of identity, personhood, cultural memory, political action, a care ethic as well as music's relationship to whistleblowing.This project is interested in exploring how we reckon with our truth-telling powers; how we understand our resourcefulness, our limitations, our singularity within a collective setting, and our varied relationship(s) to the power structures we find ourselves confronting.
For the project, each Arkestra member was asked to reflect on what they consider their instrument(s) to be, what they feel they can communicate through their instruments and how they were able to actualise new relationships to their instruments in the space of the Arkestra.
The responses are translated onto a map, tracing Arkestra's sonic journey. Alongside the Arkestra's responses, the project also taps into the vast archive of sounds, audio, text and visuals recorded during the Tour de Moon Convoy.