Sea Telescope for 'Sea of Voices' - Invisible Flock
Sea Telescope for 'Sea of Voices' - Invisible Flock

Invisible Flock in residence at Lighthouse


04 May 2012

For the last week we’ve had the pleasure of having Invisible Flock in an unofficial residency at Lighthouse. They have been hard at work, fixing up the sea telescopes for their ‘Sea of Voices’ interactive walk, which launches to the public on 5 May. By Ikechukwu Onodugo

Victoria Pratt
Victoria Pratt

The launch of the Brighton Festival is almost upon us and the excitement is palpable. We’re especially excited about our own festival offerings; I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point And Another by The Otolith Group, Audience/Performer by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard and Sea of Voices by Invisible Flock.

For the last week or two of April, we had the artist collective, Invisible Flock, in residence at Lighthouse working on the sea telescopes which form part of Sea of Voices. We got to glean some pretty interesting and unexpected tidbits from them; like the fact that the wheel on one of the telescopes was made by the same company that made the wheel on the Titanic! It has that well-used feeling and lovers’ initials carved into it, one of the telescopes might even be from our very own Brighton seafront, which would make this like a coming home for it, when it’s installed on the sea-front.
Speaking with Richard Warburton and Victoria Pratt, two-thirds of Invisible Flock, you really get a sense of how important this project is to them and how much thought they’ve put into it. You get an idea of just how rich their research has been by visiting their blog where they’ve published out-takes and
deleted scenes from the project.

The project is inspired by the Transit of Venus, which is about to take place in the upcoming weeks. Many believe that by observing Venus’s transit from various points on the planet, it is possible to map a scale of the universe. This inspired James Cook’s expedition to the South Pacific, which led to the discovery of New Zealand and Australia. This idea of journey is a central theme in Sea of Voices. Each participant is taken on their own personal journey as they explore the historical seafarers that have gone before them.

The work also gives you, the viewer, the opportunity to imagine yourself in the future. So as you go on the physical journey, you get a sense of your point in time, and almost get to compress your idea of time.

The location of the work adds some more mysticism. It starts up at Fabrica, which is located opposite the old Post Office with a statue of Mercury in front. The fact that Mercury is the messenger of the gods lends some more inspiration, as this walk explores how messages are carried from one point to another.

Sea of Voices promises to be a truly personal journey, which I can’t wait to embark on. Hope to see you all there.


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