Twelve Thousand Years in Fragments
Twelve Thousand Years in Fragments is a live film and sound experiment commissioned for Electric Dreams Festival of Immersive Storytelling to run over 8 live performances between 24th July - 16th August 2020.
“Twelve Thousand Years in Fragments” re-imagines 12,000 years of human influence on earth as a 40 minute symphony of sound and image, created live by the artists and the audience.
Throughout the anthropocene, humankind has collected, measured and recorded aspects of our lives and our planet - much of this information now floats freely online in archives and repositories, and on our computers and phones.
In “Twelve Thousand Years in Fragments”, composer Jamie Perera transforms numerical data is transformed into sound, revealing the melody of our planet’s evolution to the present day. Alongside this, filmmaker Katharine Round wades into the internet’s discarded imagery to create a live, spontaneous montage of our digital detritus: a subversive, surreal, kaleidoscopic fever dream.
The interplay between sound, image, data and memory, evokes a past reverberating in the present. In this visual and audio symphony from the digital wastelands, do we experience humanity’s memory, dream or nightmare?
Twelve Thousand Years in Fragments is part of the wider “Climate Symphony” series of collaborative works by Leah Borromeo, Katharine Round and Jamie Perera.
Film devised, directed and performed by Katharine Round. Sound composed and performed by Jamie Perera. Additional montage by Juan Soto, sonification programming by Adrian Lewis and located sound by Jez-Riley French and Phoebe Riley-Law.
Electric Dreams Festival is curated by Mark Atkin and Tom Millen, and supported by Arts Council England.