Music, art and ping pong

Last year Ariana Jordao and myself hosted five artists in residence at the Centre for Alternative Technology, enabling them to come up with a creative response to the considerable archive of oral history interviews collected through the Voices from a disused quarry project, now archived at the National Library of Wales. Two of the artists – Christine Mills and Carlos Pinattii – collaborated to create an art installation based around a table tennis table, which they named Receive and Return. We receive from the earth so we must also return something to the earth (in the sense of giving something back). On Friday we were extremely pleased to attend an event in a Bangor shopping centre where five students of composition at Bangor University presented five different musical pieces based around the themes in Receive and Return as part of Bangor Music Festival. I’ll post more about it next week and put some photos up but whilst its fresh in mind I just wanted to note that Receive and Return has taken an interesting creative journey. The central element – a map of the world – was first created in a three day workshop working with clay and plaster moulds, before being digitalised and  layered as a piece of vinyl on to a table tennis table and given a surround sound video accompaniment. And now the piece has a musical layer to it. The creative process can unfold in many different directions and I wonder where it will go next but this idea of starting something in the very physical world of clay and plaster and continuing it in the spiritual world of music is very interesting. One student created a piece using instruments and the table itself, with two players playing a game in time with the music. I could picture this on a grander scale with a ping pong table in a concert hall in Wales and a full orchestra.

2 Replies to “Music, art and ping pong”

  1. Hi,

    I love your book ‘The Organic Garden’. In it, and also on your website, you reference for fact sheets on make many garden items. Unfortunately this url seems to produce a defunct site. I would love to know if they have a new title, as there is no redirect provided.

    With thanks,

    1. Hi Maresa

      Thanks for your comment and enquiry. It does seems to have disappeared. A shame as it was a good website. I found this email and postal address online. Let me know if you manage any contact with them. Thanks again, Allan

      Allotment Forestry Project

      2 Five Acres Holbrook Ipswich
      IP9 2QESuffolk

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