Installation on Canal Street in Manchester International Festival
July 20, 2017 - news
My collaboration with David Hoyle for Manchester International Festival played every hour of every day on Canal Street through the whole of MIF 2017 â€“ a total of 204 plays! It was recorded with the brass of Manchester Camerata and David, and then made into a sound-art installation across seven speakers along the main strip of Canal Street in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village. The piece was a tribute to the community, but also touched on themes of assimilation, military industrialisation and gender conformity. The installation was part of MIF’s Music for a Busy City, including other pieces by Olga Neuwirth, Matthew Herbert, Anna Meredith, Huang Ruo and Mohammed Fairouz.
The Irish webzine Buzz.ie said:
Philip Venablesâ€™ equally astonishing Canal Street installation also utilises the number of speakers to maximum effect. It is a riveting piece of hi-tech theatre driven by music that is at once menacing, mournful and rousing. Venables’ treatment of the utterly charming David Hoyleâ€™s provocative part polemic, part poem had me rushing from speaker to speaker to try to take it all in.
Huge thanks to Manchester International Festival and Producer Tom Higham â€“ a fantastic team to work with.