BRENT BIENNIAL: FOR NOW (HOUSE OF LIFE) WILLESDEN JEWISH CEMETERY

The United Synagogue has commissioned FOR NOW to create a sound piece as part of the new “House of Life” heritage experience, which has opened at Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

Immerse yourself in an evocative soundscape and explore 21 acres of tranquil memorial landscape at Willesden Jewish Cemetery - thanks to the sound installation, Invisible City, produced by artists FOR NOW.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s novel “Invisible Cities”, artistic duo Joey Morris and Susanna Grant, have built a sonic city, full of life and stories that will wash over the cemetery as the listener wanders its expanses. Invisible City transports you to a land of memory, as Arthur, the cemetery foreman, with a chorus of relatives and people from around Willesden, draw you in.

The audio art can be downloaded free of charge to any smartphone from a QR code on site. Visitors are asked to bring their own earphones. As the experience is fully outdoors, it provides an ideal Tier 2 activity for individuals or socially distant groups of up to six.

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FOR NOW are environmental sound artists creating award-nominated, site-specific soundscapes. Specializing in working and collaborating on immersive projects that are community and locality-based.

Recent projects include: Yellow Flowers, Nonclassical commission, 4 minute soundscape for compilation album (released 2020); Rabbit and Horses, Radiophrenia commission, 2 soundscapes for broadcast (May 2018); Let’s get lost, Arts Council, England funded sonic map and walking app using GPS for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (August 2017); Third Coast Festival shortlisted best short (2017); Hear-Say Audio Festival shortlisted for best feature (2016); Meet me at the cemetery gates, Shuffle Festival commission, 20 minute soundscape (August 2015).

Historic Willesden Jewish Cemetery is the final resting place of hundreds of people whose legacy touches us today, from scientist Rosalind Franklin to Tesco founder Jack Cohen and shoe designer Kurt Geiger. With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, a three-year conservation project at the cemetery has culminated this autumn in a new local place to visit -- for a rejuvenating socially distanced walk, to learn about the history of London’s Jewish community and to be inspired by hundreds of life experiences. All communities are welcome to come and explore London’s Place to Remember.

www.willesdenjewishcemetery.org.uk

Supported by the 2020 Culture Fund.


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