The Past is Singing in our Teeth
The Past is Singing in our Teeth suggests that artworks, objects and sound can serve as an umbilical cord back in time, thus functioning as an intermediary into the past; in this case a fictional past reinvented in the absence of women’s histories.
The work, will be reimagined for the space at Civic Room, including a two-channel film projection, incorporating sound, the opening night performance and sculptures and a salt-laden floor. Filmed in four UK locations – the Welsh Borders, the Kent coast, One Tree Hill and a Hampshire lake, as well as film sets (memory rooms) constructed in the artist’s studio, the exhibition traces the journey of a young girl as she rediscovers a heritage of knowledge and power.
On the opening night percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir has been invited to activate McMillan’s sculptures, bringing a voice to the silent objects that punctuate the exhibition with a score developed in collaboration between Cat Hope and Kate McMillan.
Sponsored by Arts Council England, British Council, Oran mor, Carson and Partners, Australian Gov and Australia Council for the Arts.