House was an exciting project I was involved in as a technologist. I implemented Sonolope (designed and created by Maria Capsali and Simon East) to add interactivity to the performances happening over the week of Tuesday 30 January 2018, to 3rd February.
Details of the project:
HOUSE begins with the story of Robert Arthington, a rich man locally known as the Headingley Miser. He built a large house for his bride; but the bride never came. So he lived alone in one room, on half a crown a week, and received his visitors in the dark.
Around him 19th Century Headingley was growing from a country village separated from Leeds by fields and farms to a vibrant suburb, where industrialists and imperialists alike built themselves splendid houses. The miser’s millions meanwhile were supporting missionary projects around the world. Arthington, Liberia, bears his name to this day.
Created by A Quiet Word in collaboration with members of the local community, HOUSE is a site-specific performance that explores how property and power connect Headingley and the wider world. You are invited behind closed doors for a conversation in the dark, and to where the present overlays the past.
Tuesday 30 January to Saturday 3 February, 6pm and 8pm
Booking is essential. The performance lasts approximately two hours and involves some walking outdoors between sites and upstairs. Due to the domestic nature of the sites, access is limited. Meet at 57 Headingley Lane, LS6 1AA.
Booking fee of £5 per person. To book, visit eventbrite.com and search for ‘House’, or visit aquietword.co.uk/house
Proceeds will go to Shelter and St George’s Crypt.
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