The Foundling by Terry Smith
The installation entitled The Foundling was constructed in a series of individual and related sequences that had been developed through a series of live performances that had taken place during 2008. Lost and Found for Tete a Tete Opera Festival was shown at the Riverside Studios in August 2008; Hide and Seek – a promenade piece was performed at the Foundling Museum in April 2009 and Sticks AND STONES at St Georges Church, Venice, at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
The installation was presented in the form of a series of video pieces displayed in the dedicated Exhibition Gallery as well as throughout the period interiors of the Museum. A sound work was installed on the original eighteenth century staircase. Smith also created works on paper, which were exhibited in the café space. Using found images and sounds as well as deconstructed scores by Handel and Vivaldi, the foundling played with ideas of the hidden and the lost.
In a year which celebrated Baroque music this piece acknowledged the active contributions that Handel and Vivaldi both made to institutions in London and Venice respectively, dedicated to giving vulnerable and destitute children a second chance at life.
The Foundling was a collaborative project which brought together musicians, composers, sound designers and writers and cinematographers. Smith’s approach to these projects was an open collaborative process. Discussions, workshops, rehearsals and performances enabled him to construct a work that was informed and determined by the different skills and ideas of the individuals involved. The Foundling was a unique meeting of different art forms. Crucial in this collaboration was Ian Dearden, renowned composer and sound designer, Linda Hirst (vocalist), Oliver Coates (cello), Miguel Tantos (trombone), the cinematographer Jonathan Callery, and the actor Julian Bird.
This related publication contains new texts by writer Mel Gooding and photographs by Terry Smith.
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