Welcome to Bridgeland!
Welcome to Bridgeland by Jodi Rose
A Lowsalt Event for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010
FRIDAY APRIL 23rd 8PM
Location: South Portland Street Suspension Bridge (1853)
(Old red foot bridge on the River Clyde, next to Jamaica St Bridge)
Lowsalt is thrilled to be working with Jodi Rose, a Berlin-based artist, writer and creator of Singing Bridges, an urban sonic sculpture using the cables of bridges as musical instruments on a global scale.
‘Welcome to Bridgeland’ will be the ceremonial opening of Bridgeland, takingplace on the South Portland St Suspension Bridge on April 23rd for GI 2010. With local collaborators Guy Veale and Dave Tunstall, artist Jodi Rose will conduct a site-specific musical performance and celebration to bridge sounds.
During the build up to Gi Jodi Rose wrote an ongoing blog for PAR+RS (Public Art Scotland), discussing the development of Bridgeland, and sharing her thoughts about the project and its broader context.
What is Bridgeland?
Bridgeland is singing. Bridgeland is dancing. Bridgeland is freedom. Bridgeland is yes. Bridgeland is infinite. Bridgeland is every bridge around the world. Bridgeland is home.
Every bridge, everywhere is part of Bridgeland.
Every bridge is connected to all other bridges through the vibrations in their structure. Stretching across geographical and architectural borders into a new acoustic form, all bridges resonate with a secret music, transmitting and receiving messages, codes and signals. Voice and vibration. Concrete and abstract. A sensual aurality. Immersed in the world by your ear.
Amplifying the cables and bridge structure, the Bridge becomes an instrument played by the artists, in an audio/ visual on-site intervention taking us on a mysterious journey through a suddenly unfamiliar urban landscape. The live sounds of the bridge are woven into a “dark, industrial, organic, chaotic, strange and beautiful” composition, including a performance exploring the mythology, stories and poetics of bridges.
Bridgeland transcends the outlines of geography, where crossing the bridge transports you into another reality. Bridgeland is a place where anything may be possible. All we need is imagination.
Bridgeland Production Credits
Concept Development: Jodi Rose
Musicians: Guy Veale & Dave Tunstall
Production/Technical realisation: Jodi Rose, Lowsalt
Commissioned by Lowsalt Gallery in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010