Inspired by the adventures of Grace…

Jude Thomas, of Lines of Desire, describes their recent Swan Pedalo inspired production in the North East:

Inspired by the adventures of Grace…
…was a recent commission realised for Enchanted Parks 2012 (an innovative after-dark arts experience which annually transforms Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical night-time winter wonderland). Dive-in movie was a twist on the 1950s style Drive-in. The Lines of Desire arts collective created an outdoor cinema, consisting of movie screen, projection booth, concession stand and a theatre area where visitors could view the movie from the privacy and comfort of, not parked cars but swan pedalos (which were woken from their Saltwell Park winter nest).

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Swan Pedalo Broadcasts

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of August artists Dave Lynch and John O’Shea are broadcasting live online and in Barrow Park at Full of Noises Festival 2011 at Barrow in Furness.

The beautiful Open Source Swan Pedalo – “Grace” – has been modified through the addition of a special broadcasting unit and we have a whole schedule of shows running live between 1pm and 5pm each day.

Through the wonders of the world wide web you can listen online – live!

For online listeners copy the link below -

http://live.canstream.co.uk:8000/swanpedalo.mp3

and open in itunes (advanced –> open stream)

or

open using VLC player (file –> open network)

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Schedule for two days as follows:

Friday 5th

1pm: Station View Songs

2pm: Mayor of Barrow

2.30pm: Underwater Sound Intervention

3pm – 5pm – FON Festival artists on air!

Saturday 6th

1pm: Introduction by Dave Lych and John O’Shea

1.15pm: Hidden Gems of the Barrow Art Scene (presented by councilor Helen Wall and Bob Dickinson from Radio 4)

2pm: Optimistic Sound Intervention

2.30pm: Antye – poetry

3pm: Barrow Sounds – opens with David on laptop

3.30pm:  Ryoko Akama

4pm: Simon Jones

4.20pm: Fern of Octopus

4.40pm: Slim Pro 6 and the Bobettes

5.30pm: Performance by Tetsuo Kogawa

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We were on Radio Cumbria this morning! Find us and listen again!

We are still looking for artists and performers from Barrow to get involved tomorrow – we have empty slots between 3 and 5pm – if you are interested in getting involved add a comment on this page with a contact email or send a message via twitter @swanpedalo.

To give a flavour of what is possible here is a video of some fine Leeds Owls who came out to play on the Open Source Swan Pedalo’s visit to Leeds.

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SWAN SONGS: Samuel Foxton Welles

The Open Source Swan Pedalo hosts Leeds first swan songs featuring the lyrical wisdom of Samuel Foxton Welles…

Samuel Foxton Welles’s new track is from his upcoming album based on David Lynch’s dark view of middle America in his ground breaking TV series – Twin Peaks. For more information please visit www. samuelfoxtonwelles.co.uk

video by the remarkable Dave Lynch (nice job!)

Swan pedalo lands in Leeds

On the windy morning of saturday 25th June, the Swan Pedalo landed on the canal at Granary Wharf in Leeds for the Waterfront festival.

After a quick maiden voyage with @davelynch, @lewissleeman and @eoinshea to work out the finer details of the swan songs and other swan related activities we decided to wait on the promise of sunday sunshine before we ventured into the activities.

Our wait was blessed with a scorcher of a day, with Swan tweets commenting on #leedsriveria, it was hot hot hot and you got a swan sweat on after moments of pedaling !

10AM brought the lyrical wisdom of Samuel Foxton Wells for Leeds 1st Swan Song.

The Open Source Swan Pedalo hosts Leeds first swan songs featuring the lyrical wisdom of Samuel Foxton Welles.

Samuel Foxton Welles’s new track is from his upcoming album based on David Lynch’s dark view of middle America in his ground breaking TV series – Twin Peaks. For more information please visit samuelfoxtonwelles.co.uk

 

Due to the hot weather and super chilled day the evening performances were squeezed into a very short 30 minute slot.

 

6.40 saw  Slimpro6&theBobbettes improvised impromtu water music.  I don’t think anyone could have prepared themselves for the haunting echos of the woodwind and brass melodies emitting from 3 dogs on a swan!

 

 

6.50 – 7 was a exercise in the right to rant by Stephen Emmerson & Chris Stephenson who are  the resident poets from a regular poetry event called Precession: The Cynics curated by Robert A Sharples. Armed with megaphones and an sublime collection of funny, witty, dark and twisted word couplets that left the audience on the bank in auditory appreciation and laughter.

All in all a good experimentation of what can be done in little time, no budget and some fine weather.  Also a good gauge of how well the public react to art from a swan pedalo.  A comment by Samuel Foxton Welles early in the day kinda sums it all up:

‘you wouldn’t stare at someone in the street, but somehow a swan pedalo gives people free reign to blatantly watch your every move’

I think people feel drawn to the swan, a phoenix in our society’s great depression, but 98% more likely is the sun brings out the best in people and opens that cultural acceptance for fun and frolics on a giant bird on the water.

 

DL