Installation on Millennium Riverwalk, Cardiff
October 14 - November 3, 2002
8 channel audio,
32 speakers, programmed sound files, pvc banner
listen to excerpt (4')
5000 Calls Sydney - 5000 Calls Ljubljana
About the Work
5000 Calls was installed along the riverwalk outside the famous Millennium
Stadium in Cardiff. Utilising existing architectural elements, 32 loudspeakers
were mounted at intervals along the eight giant masts and
cables to provide a changing corridor of sound along the riverwalk.
In this installation, local calls were
recorded and added to the piece. These
include fragments of traditional Welsh song, the Welsh Commonwealth
women's hockey team and children playing football in Pontcanna fields.
Visitors to the riverwalk included
many locals walking and riding to the
city centre, with occasional major crowds for sporting events.
"I was suddenly struck by the
intimacy - and by the archetypal quality of
the cries. By restricting themselves to preverbal utterances, they have,
effect, created a universal language. People can recognise and respond
these wordless exhalations. People also recognise the freshness of the
Bleddyn Butcher, The Wire, London, July 2003
Commissioned by Chapter Arts Centre, with support from Cardiff Rugby
Find out more about the concept and sound sources in connection with the original installation in Sydney, or see another setting of the work in Ljubljana.