I am a wee weaver confined to my loom…

Pogon JEDINSTVO | large hall | performance | 8. 9. & 10.11.2013 | 20:00

Taking as its central motif the contemporary computers’ predecessor, the Jacquard weaving loom, the performance Atlas of Tremors confronts live sung folk song with digital sound processing. The Jacquard weaving loom was a 19th century technological advancement – a mechanical machine whose weaving patterns were programmed by means of punched cards, an instrument that would shape both the industrial age and the development of computers in modern times.

Starting from a selection of songs composed and sung first by handloom linen weavers and later by textile mill workers, Atlas of Tremors reflects the transformations of labor and local communities as production of textile transitions from a man’s craft into the industrial age factories powered by steam and labor of women and children, only to close down across Europe in our own age. Textile production has been displaced to zones of cheap labor, run by a computer integrated global market. Linen is still woven, but mostly somewhere else. Traditional songs of the linen trade sound an echo of the labor of generations past, they map its social, political, but also technological memory.

An echo resonates in the tremors of the affective response of the performer, modulating the vocal performance in real-time and creating a variation of the work each time it is performed. As Atlas of Tremors travels to different locales, with each occurrence it maps an evolution of the material sung, reshaping it by the performer’s affective state, response of the audience and the environment of the live event, leading to an ongoing cartography of encounters.

Authors: Phil Hession, Ivana Ivković, Christian Cherene, Ivan Marušić Klif

Crew: Lovro Rumiha (production assistant), Miljenko Bengez (light technician), Jasmin Dasović (sound technician), Dejan Dragosavac Ruta (graphic designer)

Thanks to: Maurice Layden, Hermann and Marion Baur, Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Thomas Fergusons Irish Linen, Lawrence Street Workshops – Belfast, BADco.

Co-produced by: Arts Council of Northern Ireland and POGON – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth

Supported by: Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Zagreb City Council for Education, Culture and Sport; Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia.