A man and a woman move through a landscape of green and brown, stone and water, light and shadow, searching for each other, for things lost and for their own futures.
They walk. They listen. They murmur, whisper and argue in their own heads. And we overhear the black noise of their untold stories…
Deep in the Lake District, where the landscape is suffused with literary and walking history, composers Strijbos & van Rijswijk and poet Jacob Polley have created To Travel and To Matter – a contemporary site-specific installation in the shape of a walk.
Powerfully fusing music, sound and voices, and inspired by the history and topography of the location, To Travel and To Matter uses Strijbos and van Rijswijk’s digital app Walk With Me to move the listener at their own pace through a glorious landscape and to create a unique and dramatic experience on the route.
To Travel and To Matter is an international collaboration between Dutch composers Strijbos & van Rijswijk and TS Eliot Prize-winning Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley.
The piece was created as they walked the fells, designing the walk, recording sounds and atmospheres, and finding by chance objects en route.
It takes around 90 minutes to do the walk.
About the artists:
Strijbos & van Rijswijk’s Walk With Me walkscapes are present across the world, in locations including Paris, Istanbul, New York and Glasgow. Using GPS technology to superimpose site-specific compositions, natural sounds and narrative onto the surroundings, they invite audiences to choose their own path and tempo to create their own soundtrack.
Talk at Shakespeare Centre on Sunday 10 September 3pm:
Rob van Rijswijk, co-producer of To Travel and To Matter gives a unique talk on the inspirations and methods behind creating this digital piece. Entry is free.
How to experience to Travel and To Matter:
The starting point for To Travel and To Matter is YHA Langdale Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HJ (although you can experience it at any point on the map below).
From Kendal, Grasmere is a one hour drive. Or 75 minute journey by bus.
Buses from Kendal run every half hour. Return services from Grasmere run every 90 minutes. See detailed timetable below.
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