Daniel O Sullivan to take part in Laid To Rest | The Final Procession

13 Sep



Laid to Rest: Final Procession takes place at 3pm on Sunday 18 September, with a mythical marching band, dancers and heavy horses.
Come along and join the procession.
Laid to Rest’ has transformed dust collected from houses, businesses and institutions into a time capsule of 500 commemorative bricks. The bricks were put on display as part of our ‘Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life’ exhibition. Each brick contains the specific dust of its contributor and is imprinted with information cataloguing its origins. The stack of bricks grew over the course of the exhibition. The project ends with all the bricks being processed through the streets of London and buried in a hole.
Inspired by the commercialisation of waste in victorian London, from the dust heaps of Gray’s Inn Road to the engineering achievements of Joseph Bazalgette’s sewage system. The dust heap was a monument to the invisible and provided a major source of income. One of the industries to be born out of the heap was London brick-making: ash, cinders and rubbish from the heap were mixed with the mud of nearby fields to produce the humble brick.
Laid to Rest is a project by Serena Korda, commissioned by the Wellcome Trust in association with UP Projects. Laid to Rest is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Dirt Season.
As part of this procession, Daniel O Sullivan (Mothlite, Ulver, Grumbling Fur…) scored a marching band opera for a ritual dance around a pallet of bricks that were forged from people’s donations of dust. Daniel is orchestrating the final procession from the Wellcome Collection on Euston Rd to Brunswick Square Gardens to bury the bricks and perform the music/dance for the last time.
As a publication artist Serena Korda has pressed a deluxe vinyl version of Daniel’s compositions with hot foil sleeve and a 20 page booklet, they’re going to be giving these to people who attend the event. Musically, it’s very close to Miasma but more voice orientated. The band features the Medieval Babes, Alex Ward, Steve Noble and Chloe Hoof. On the record there’s also a piece Daniel wrote for O’Malley and Kristoffer (Ulver). All in all, it’s quite the project!
If you are in London this weekend, be sure to check it out!

One Response to “Daniel O Sullivan to take part in Laid To Rest | The Final Procession”

  1. owlwoman October 7, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Would have loved to have gone to this, but left London for the wilds of Cornwall some years ago. Hope it was as good as it sounds!

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