On the evening of Vertumnalia, the ancient celebration of seasonal change, Cathy Haynes presented a manifesto for Stereochron Island followed by a performance by cellist Natalie Rozario, improvised to the sounds of dusk.
Rozario was invited to respond to the natural sounds of Stereochron Island at dusk in order to focus our senses on rhythms that are not dictated by the mechanical time of the city. The experiment was inspired by Beatrice Harrison’s cello performances with nightingales, which were broadcast on BBC radio in the 1920s. However, for this performance, instead of the birds singing to a human tune, Rozario’s challenge was to perform to theirs.
Natalie Rozario is a prize-winning cellist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed with Jamie Cullum, Barb Jungr, appeared on the Jonathan Ross show with Take That, toured with dancer Akram Khan and played at Sydney Opera House. She is a member of Loop Collective’s Fringe Magnetic, MooV and the hybrid Jazz-Latin-Gallic band Gypsy Dreamers.
Stereochron Island re-imagines Victoria Park as a fictional island state campaigning to liberate itself from the mechanical clock. This research project by Cathy Haynes for her Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency 2013-14 investigates the devices we use to make sense of the world, such as clocks and time maps. Though a series of field studies led by specialists ranging from ecologists to astronomers, Haynes invites visitors to Stereochron Island to reconsider what time actually is.
The Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency 2013-14, is produced for the third year in partnership with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Department.