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|In the Dining Room, guests listen to a new composition|
inspired by the sounds of the Parsonage while
watching a choreographed dance piece play on an iPad.
— at Bronte Parsonage Museum. Source
The Silent Wild: Brontë Parsonage Museum unveils exciting new collaborative exhibition with artist Diane Howse
Visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum this summer will have the opportunity to experience an exciting new perspective on the work and lives of the Brontës through an exhibition comprising text, performance, film and sound.
The Silent Wild is part of the Contemporary Arts programme at the Museum and takes as its starting point the written word and how silent shapes on a page have the power to conjure whole worlds of sound, noise and commotion.
Yorkshire-based artist and curator Diane Howse is interested in creating new possibilities for presenting works in alternative - and sometimes unexpected - locations. For the The Silent Wild she has brought together a team of creatives: filmmaker Adam Baroukh; choreographer Carolyn Choa; poet Thomas A Clark; cinematographer Daniel Fazio; dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon; calligrapher Gigi Leung and musician and sound artist Lemma Redda.Diane explained: ‘We read and write in silence, but lines on a page evoke whole other worlds of meaning and experience. It is impossible to read “The wind roared high in the great trees” from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre without bringing to mind that particular sound of wind in the trees. We have no way of actually, physically hearing the voices of the Brontës, the world they lived in, or the worlds they created, but by silently engaging with the words they wrote, we can vividly experience the roar and clatter and murmur of their extraordinary imagination.’The exhibition will be installed in the historic rooms of the Parsonage as well as in the Contemporary Arts Space. In this genuinely collaborative project artists, filmmakers and performers have worked together across art forms. The film and sound work in the Dining Room was made in partnership with Salts Mill and shot on location there, inspired by the surprising but crucial relationship between the two places. Gigi Leung’s poetic Chinese calligraphy uses “sound” words from the novels of the Brontës and poet Thomas A Clark has created new works in different forms for this exhibition.