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Myself and artist Sam Francis were recipients of an Interpreting Isolation grant from the British Music Collection and Sound and Music for new works that reflect on COVID-19 in a creative way in response to this unique moment in our history.
Drawing upon water as a source of inspiration and as a metaphor for the Covid 19 situation, Tina Hitchens based in Bristol and Sam Francis in Weston Super Mare met virtually over two weeks to connect their separate locations through different water sources – the WSM coast and the River Frome in Eastville, Bristol that both conjoin with the Severn Estuary. At the changing times of high tide they met virtually to observe, listen, look, meditate on and respond to the connecting pull of the water, the environment and surroundings to connect creatively and personally as a lifeline during these uncertain and disconnected times. This work is a montage of material gathered during these outings and a reminder that flow and continuity will always be present and can close the space between us as the space between us all widens.
The film has had further screenings:
BEEF Showreel; Sound Around Festival; Kaliningrad, Russia; ‘All at Sea’ programme for Art Walk Projects, Edinburgh; Bluescreen, Cube Cinema, Bristol.
A solo writing / recording project of Tina’s
I was a commissioned artist for CANOPY’s Phone Box project 2019-2021. I explored underground in the Forest of Dean area, recording sounds, stories, and capturing the history of the caves and mines. The project was due to culminate in a 10 mile trail across phone boxes in the Forest, where artists would place their pieces. I had intended to compose a sound piece using field recordings, instruments, voices – as visitors picked up the phone they’d be given an opportunity to pause and be taken into an intimate underground realm, expanded with stories and the music inspired by them. Sadly the project has been placed on pause due to COVID, but ‘Caves’ is a work in progress:
Recorded in Bristol and Swansea, August 2018:
Flute & electronics livestream for Fuzz Bat, May 2020:
Viridian Ensemble respond to the events of 2020, inspired in part by Wordsworth’s epic poem The Prelude. Commissioned by The Quietus and Aerial.
A previous discussion about making an object. Recorded in 2019 and released in November 2020
‘At the Well’, recorded live 15th November 2019. Released January 2020.
rat was recorded in 2018 and released in September 2020
Grass Sends Out Runners
A distanced collaboration made during 2019 with drummer Matthew Lovett, via file swapping and recording improvised responses to each other’s sounds.
Goldfinch film events
A song composed by Tina for Freya Gabie’s Grafted Chorus, a project for Future Perfect public arts programme. Words by Holly Corfield-Carr. A performance at Spike Island Arts Centre in Bristol, 30 April 2017. Performed by Leila Gamaz, Phil Owen, Ellen Southern and Rosena Wenonoah.
1. Dots.filmband performance at Chapter Arts Centre
2. Dots.filmband performance at Chapter Arts Centre