Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel & New Horizon Youth Centre
Over the aching beats and lonely piano of 'Sleepless City' , three soft voices spin bitter words of exhaustion and despair in the dark underbelly of the city: "I'm in the depths of London / Straight up in the depths of a dungeon." In the elegiac breakbeat song 'S'alright', two people in very different parts of the night reassure themselves everything's going to be fine.
NightJam presented two music tracks, a film, remixes and a photographic montage that can be experienced at www.nightjam.org.uk A limited edition CD was also being distributed for free through the website.
NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction's
Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have
a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited
young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King's Cross
to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night
looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops
they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of
the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on
disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative
and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and
musical journeys through the city's 'quiet' hours.