Juneau Projects Make Music in Worcester

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Acclaimed artist-duo Juneau Projects are to create an album of songs for people to download at locations in Worcester.

The project is one of five Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM) artist-residencies awarded to institutions in the region. The Worcester residency is being led by the University of Worcester, working in partnership with Movement Gallery and Worcester City Art Gallery.

Juneau Projects will be in Worcester in the early months of 2013 to research and develop new work in, for and with the city. Building on their long-term project of collaborative music making, they will produce a short album of songs downloadable for free via contemporary ‘shrines’ to the sometimes perverse and always weird back-to-nature techno-urban 21st century culture of modern Britain. 

The shrines that the artists will make and install will relate to the city centre venues in which they are housed. After a period of on-site research in February and March, they plan to write and record a song for each venue, collaborating on the songwriting and recording process with venues’ users.

Juneau Projects will present the outcomes of their work in May, when Worcester residents and visitors will be invited to gather all the tracks that have been produced by plugging a USB stick into the shrines located in each venue taking part. They hope that experience of collecting the songs will offer an antidote to the ever increasing speed of the worldwide web.

Juneau Projects were appointed to carry out the residency following their proposal to develop work that ‘repurposes’ the ubiquitous, near instant process of music downloading to become a perambulatory process of “pilgrimage, exploration and intrigue”.

The TPWM award was made in response to the partners’ proposal to “present the city as a temporary site for artists’ intervention, production and discourse in a manner that is open-ended, non-prescriptive and generates a discursive and intellectually stimulating period of engagement”.

IMAGES: courtesy the artists and Ceri Hand Gallery