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Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
5000 Calls


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 24 tensioned
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, in
effect, created a universal language. People can recognise and respond to
these wordless exhalations. People also recognise the freshness of the
piece's conceit."
Bleddyn Butcher, The Wire, London, July 2003

Commissioned by Chapter Arts Centre, with support from Cardiff Rugby and the Australia Council

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.

The Way You Move Me
Almost Always Everywhere Apparent (II)
We, The Masters
Field Formation
Now and Forever
Rewards of Silence
Landing Place
Almost Always Everywhere Apparent
Oceanic Endless
Reiterations (Elizabeth Street)
Gordon Assumption
The Persuaders
The Master's Voice
5000 Calls
David Chesworth's Music (external link)