Sounds from the Garden
[Being Human Festival 2019 'Discoveries & Secrets']

a festival of listening, walking and performance
Goldsmiths University of London at the Horniman Museum

Marcus Leadley • Adrian Newton • Ambrose Seddon • David Rogers + over 40 artists and 'young creatives'

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10.30 - 17.00 Horniman Museum London - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November 2019

Two days of participatory events curated by Dr Marcus Leadley (Goldsmiths, University of London)
exploring the sounds of the Horniman Museum and Gardens and our impact on the environment.

On Saturday, soundwalks, field recording and composition workshops will culminate in a collaborative
live performance in the Conservatory.

On Sunday, performances and sound works exploring environmental change will be broadcast from
the Bandstand via wireless headphones throughout the gardens.

Across the weekend, an interactive sound installation by artist Ambrose Seddon will bring the sounds
of the local ecosystem into the Natural History Gallery. Sound installations will also be available
throughout the Gardens.

Weekend Programme:


10.30 – 17.00 installation | Wedding Garden 
Multi-speaker diffusion programme - featuring works by: Rob Mackey, David Rogers, Maeve Moayadi,
Olivir Haylett, Oliver Koch, Rose Ford, James Wignal, Claudia Martinho, Elisabeth Salverda, Marcus Leadley,
Sarah Westwood, Adrian Newton, Lizzy Laurence, Josh Grey-Jung, Dominika Wroblewska and Phil Wolsternholm.

10.30 – 17.00 installation 'Tipping Points' | Natural History Gallery 
Multi-Channel sound installation.

10:30 - 11:00 | introductory talk | Conservatory | all welcome

11:00 - 12:00 | introduction to field recording workshop and walk | Conservatory & Gardens

11:00 - 12:00 | guided soundwalk | Gardens | booking required*

12.00 – 13.30 recording walk | Gardens | booking required*

14.00 – 17.30 editing workshop and performance prep. | Conservatory | booking required*

17:30 - 18.30 | performance followed by Q&A | Conservatory | all welcome* 

Children under 16 must be accompanied. No dogs 

* booking covers all 4 events


10.30 – 17.00 installations | Gardens | Natural History Gallery (as above) | all welcome

11:00 – 16:00 | headphone concert | Bandstand:

11.00 – 11.30 Karolis Paulikas

11.30 – 12.00 Chase Lynn

12.00 – 12.30 Adrian Newton & Lynn Davy

12.30 – 13.00 Tansy Spinks/Iris Garrelfs: Lab of sonic possibility

13.00 – 13.30 Douglas Benford and Adam Bohman

13.30 – 14.00 Marjorie Van Halteren

14.00 – 14.30 Ingrid Plum

14.30 – 15.00 Daniel Ross and Rosie Bergonzi

15.00 – 15.30 Lizzy Laurence

15.30 – 16.00 Luca Venerus and Andrea Corradi

PLEASE NOTE: all our Bandstand performances are wireless headphone concerts - we do this to maximise sound quality and minimise impact on the environment. Please collect your headsets from the side of the stage. Due to demand there may be a wait at times - bring your own headphones - we can plug you in.

Link to booking details

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Being Human festival is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy.

Being Human Festival 2019: the UK's only national festival dedicated to demonstrating the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanties. This year's theme is 'Discoveries & Secrets'. At heart, the festival is all about making research in the humanities - from art history to philosophy, history to classics and literature to languages - accessible and fun for as many people as possible.



Performance Programmes

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