Folklore Tapes

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA

0117 917 2300
[email protected]

Saturday 12 September 2015
Admission Fee: ?8/6.50 concessions

Artists, musicians and folklorists weave traditional storytelling, experimental puppetry and improvised music together to transform Arnolfini's performance space.

Folklore Tapes is an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain and beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic and strange phenomena of the old counties via abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals.

The driving principle of the project is to bring the nation’s folk record to life, to rekindle interest in the treasure trove of traditional culture by finding new forms for its expression.

This raggle-taggle coven of musicians, artists and folklorists will ritually reanimate the lore of ages past through traditional storytelling, experimental light puppetry and improvised music, transforming the Arnolfini's auditorium into a supernatural light-box-landscape of myth and legend. Expect modified instruments, illuminated installations, possessed projectors and shamanic voyaging.

This event is produced in collaboration between Folklore Tapes, ONOMATO, and Arnolfini.

Richard Long: TIME AND SPACE

This event accompanies the major exhibition TIME AND SPACE by Richard Long at Arnolfini, that explores the artist's enduring relationship with the landscape of Bristol and the South West – a starting point for so many of his iconic works. This exhibition will bring together recreations of previous important works and entirely new commissions, both in the gallery and on The Downs, where the artist spent much of his childhood. A programme of events accompanies the exhibition and offsite commission, including walks, talks and conversations, family events, screenings and performances.


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