"Requiem for Crossbones" Merge Festival at Crossbones Garden - 8 June to 1 July

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For the first time Bankside Open Spaces Trust is working with Merge Festival 2018, in partnership with Better Bankside and Tate Modern to present a site-specific, commissioned artwork for Crossbones Garden, coinciding with both the London Festival of Architecture and The Great Get Together Bankside 2018.

A sound installation by award-winning composer and sound artist, Emily Peasgood, has been specially commissioned as part of Bankside’s annual MERGE Festival, while echoing LFA’s 2018 theme of ‘Identity’, as a requiem to the thousands of forgotten women and children, known as the ‘outcast dead’ buried at Crossbones.

From interactive sound works for galleries and public spaces to intimate installations and large-scale community projects her work uses intricate sound and technology design to focus on creating a connection between people and locations that have become forgotten and unvalued, often rooted in political realities.

Through telling a series of stories, Requiem for Crossbones will connect visitors with the historical, social and spiritual context of Crossbones: not only of its past but also of the work that takes place there in the present and as a call to preserve its future.  

Struck by Crossbones’ history as a burial ground for ‘outcasts’ – particularly with the absence of grave markers stones to indicate who is buried there, thus indicating inequality and a lack of respect. 

Each layer of her 15-minute sound-scape piece ‘Requiem’ (or Mass for the Dead) represents the physical layering of bodies at Crossbones, the identities of people buried there, and the identities of those who pay respect to the dead in the monthly vigil.  With varying playback options, each sound experience will evolve and be unique.

Requiem for Crossbones is a reflection on group and individual identity, where all are equal regardless of background, identity, beliefs, life and death. 

Location: Crossbones Garden, Union Street, SE1 1TA

Exhibition dates: Friday 8th June – Sunday 1st July. Open Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 7pm

For more information: www.emilypeasgood.com

Sarah Mangan