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Touch Wood: an interactive, playful soundscape installation

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arebyte Gallery

7 Botanic Square

London City Island

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E14 0JU

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Hosted by cAt and arebyte gallery, Touch Wood is a playful soundscape installation that activates Concertina for a day.

We often ‘Touch Wood’ – knocking on wood twice to keep from jinxing the expected good fortune. This tradition seems to have long debated various origins. Some say that it derived from the Pagans who thought that trees were the homes of fairies, spirits, dryads and many other mystical creatures. If you expressed a hope for the future you should touch, or knock on, wood to request good luck, or to distract spirits with evil intentions.

So, let’s Touch Wood by ‘playing’ the wooden staircase of Concertina by Richard Wentworth X APPARATA, and let the fairies and spirits in the wood hear our beat!! Everyone is invited to pick up a tool or two provided in the space, and create a spontaneous Concertina concert! Tap-tap-tap, ratta-tatta, bang-ba-bang, and thump snip knock!! Find your favourite spot for making noise, up on the staircase down under the steps, walk up the steps to your delight, and let your body and heart sense the beat!

cAt is Colin Priest and Takako Hasegawa – working in the context of architecture and art. Site-specific and performative, we create public encounters, manifesting as ephemeral actions and interventions that choreograph experience, conversation, and gathering. For this event, we are joined by a trio of artists Tom White, Rob Lye and Andrea Kearney, whose work spans sound, moving image, installation and dance. At times, they will activate Concertina by experimenting with its rhythmic and sound potentials.

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