BRENT BIENNIAL: FOR NOW (HOUSE OF LIFE) WILLESDEN JEWISH CEMETERY

View of Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery. Copyright United Synagogue Collection, 2020.

The United Synagogue has commissioned FOR NOW to create a sound piece as part of the new “House of Life” heritage experience, which has opened at Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

Taking Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” as a starting point, artists Susanna Grant and Joey Morris have built a sonic city, full of life and stories that will wash over the cemetery as the listener wanders its expanses, listening on headphones. Interviews with different generations within families reflect Brent’s diverse community who live around the cemetery.

Historic Willesden Jewish Cemetery is the final resting place of hundreds of people whose legacy touches us today, from scientist Rosalind Franklin to Tesco founder Jack Cohen and shoe designer Kurt Geiger. With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, a three-year conservation project at the cemetery has culminated this autumn in a new local place to visit -- for a rejuvenating socially distanced walk, to learn about the history of London’s Jewish community and to be inspired by hundreds of life experiences. All communities are welcome to come and explore London’s Place to Remember.

www.willesdenjewishcemetery.org.uk

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FOR NOW are environmental sound artists creating award-nominated, site-specific soundscapes. Specializing in working and collaborating on immersive projects that are community and locality-based.

Recent projects include: Yellow Flowers, Nonclassical commission, 4 minute soundscape for compilation album (released 2020); Rabbit and Horses, Radiophrenia commission, 2 soundscapes for broadcast (May 2018); Let’s get lost, Arts Council, England funded sonic map and walking app using GPS for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (August 2017); Third Coast Festival shortlisted best short (2017); Hear-Say Audio Festival shortlisted for best feature (2016); Meet me at the cemetery gates, Shuffle Festival commission, 20 minute soundscape (August 2015).

Supported by the 2020 Culture Fund.


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