Findings - Week 08
Folk on Foot, Soundmarks, From up on Poppy HillOne of my aim for 2020 is to be more conscious of the time I spend reading/listening/watching new (to me) creative projects. I want to actively make time for other people’s work and creativity in my life. One way of achieving this has been to be more focused with my time but as the year gets busier, I am going to to lose that focus. To combat this, I am going to publicly share a list of works I’ve been enjoying on a weekly basis.
Folk on Foot – Front Room Festival
On the bank holiday Monday, Folk on Foot organised a festival from musicians front rooms to ours. Over seven hours, music streamed, all recordings home-made and entertaining. Folk music is something I’ve been discovering recently and it was great to hear so many artists in one place.
The livestream is still available but if you only want the highlights, you can listen here.
Rose Ferraby and Rob St. John – Soundmarks
Soundmarks is a collaboration between archaeologist Rose Ferraby and artist Rob St John. Together they explore the sub surface of Aldborough Roman Town in North Yorkshire.
Through field recordings, music, drawings, and archaeology, they weave in stories of the past with the present, mix knowledge and poetry together, and explore the relationship between time, boundaries, and memory.
You can discover more about the project on its website.
Gorō Miyazaki – From Up On Poppy Hill
Set in 1963 in Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school’s clubhouse to help save it from demolition.
It is a quiet film about family, history, and heritage. Gentle and slow, it is set against the historic background of the Olympics coming to Tokyo. You can see society changing but this is not what this film is about. Instead it celebrates everyday life and experiences that get lost in history books.