a collaborative authorship of interdisciplinary poetic textual and visual practices
*aka cris cheek and Kirsten Lavers
far from silicon fen
soundtrack from an image-text-sound work for the web browser interface that playfully explores the origins and ideologies of naming places to perform a critique of techno-romanticism.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
a voiced recording of 'Rime Of The Ancient Mariner' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge by the entire staff and pupil body of Coleridge Community College, Cambridge, Jan 2005 with sound score by cris cheek and Simon Keep.
TNWK spent a week (Jan 05) in Coleridge Secondary School,
Cambridge recording the Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line - literally
line by line - with all of the school’s pupils, all of the staff
including the support staff (canteen workers, cleaners . . ) taking part.
The total number of people involved was over 400 and only 3 pupils refused
point blank to take part, necessitating some people to voice more than
one line (although we preserved the fierce artifice of line by line shifts
by getting those repeat voices not to voice consecutive lines but rather
to come back 10 or 20 lines later - sometimes much later). So, line by
line there is a shift of voice, often dialect, intonation, pronunciation,
cadence, rhythm . . . the sheer range of names in this school is extraordinary,
very very culturally diverse. The mariner is voiced by the pupils and
staff intermixed (about 360 young people and 50 staff), the hermit by
the head teacher, the narrator and the wedding-guest by year-heads of
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