Playing the Bridge is an inventive collaboration which transforms Hull’s Scale Lane Bridge into an interactive musical instrument as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture. It’s the idea of bridge architect Jonathan McDowell who recognised that like the Gamelan, the bridge can be played by striking the metal work to make tuned sounds. The culmination of the project is Nye Parry and Madi Boyd’s sound and light installation which is open at Scale Lane Bridge, Hull, weekends in April. The installation is impressive – dark, ethereal and atmospheric. Laurence and I have been invigilating the exhibition and we’ve had over a thousand visitors each weekend so far.
The multimedia installation by Nye Parry and Madi Boyd inside the bridge hub, using sounds gathered in the workshops, as well as interviews and sounds from Qualter Hall, the engineers who built the bridge. These are combined with films created through a collage of hundreds of found images of the bridge under construction. The imagery is abstracted and fragmented into a visual poem that conveys a sense of the complexity of the bridge and reveals the hidden mechanics of the opening mechanism. The installation is open each weekend throughout April, check the Hull2017 website for details. “
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