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Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan
Swalesong | 11.05 mins | 2022 | HDV

 

Swalesong is a new collaborative film by artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan that originates from their artist residency at North Yorkshire's county record archive.

A sonic and visual exploration of Swaledale - a remote river valley in England’s North Yorkshire Dales - the film layers together place, people, history and nature, with the River Swale as a leitmotif. The film’s score was created by musician Sam McLoughlin (samandtheplants), who played and recorded his river harp in the current of the Swale. The soundtrack also includes historic audio interviews with local people who remember Neddy Dick - an eccentric 19th century musician who was infamous for his ‘lithophone’, an instrument constructed from rocks he pulled from the river.

Collaging together location shots with maps, documents and the viewing apparatus of the archive itself, Swalesong also features photographs by the Kearton Brothers - fellow local residents and pioneering wildlife photographers of early 1900s.

Commissioned by Chrysalis Arts Development for 'Unfolding Origins' artist residency programme 2020-2022

 

 

 

Swalesong / stills, 2022