Dutch artist Allard van Hoorn (born 1968) creates musical scores and performances for public spaces
He recently undertook a residency in St Ives as part of the Tate St Ives Artists Programme.
This exhibition presents a series of short films documenting projects from ten years of van Hoorn’s Urban Songlines series. ‘Songlines’ is a spiritual system of songs and storytelling relating to land practiced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Influenced by this tradition, van Hoorn researches and consults with communities around the world to produce Urban Songlines projects. They result in performances, scores or audio recordings, focusing on our relationship to place and the public domain.
Van Hoorn’s latest work, 063 Urban Songline (Another Hurling of the Silver Ball) | Latitude: 50.204794° N – 50.214926° N / Longitude: -5.482636° W – -5.493938° W 2019, is based on the annual St Ives Feast Day tradition of ‘hurling’, where a small silver ball is chased through the town. Recreating the ball at a much greater scale, van Hoorn has collaborated with residents to invent a unique journey through St Ives. Following a live performance, audio extracts from the work will be played throughout the summer at Tate St Ives and a film of the event will be shown as part of this exhibition.