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Requiem for… a foghorn?
Hark! Is that an arty foghorn I can hear?
A foghorn, recast as an instrument, as part of a floating orchestra of ships, might sound like a Dadaist’s wet dream, but is in fact exactly what is happening on 22 June as an ambitious musical performance sets out to transform the North Sea area of Souter Lighthouse into a stage. Foghorn Requiem, devised by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway (pictured) and composed by Orlando Gough, will feature ships from a small armada of vessels off-shore and Souter Lighthouse, sounding their horns to a musical score to mark the disappearance of the sound of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape. More than a maritime lament, this flagship event for The Festival of the North East is a celebration of a strong sea-faring culture, offering a unique opportunity (well, have you ever heard of musical score composed for ships?) to engage with a monumentally ambitious yet transitory project. As the artist Christo once said, ‘it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.’