Artist: Samson Young
Title: One of Two Stories, or Both
Accession Number: US2017-06
Field Bagatelles: a radio composition in five episodes, and a sound installation
Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, brilliant young artist Samson Young premieres a major new work at MIF17. Inspired by mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot, this multilayered piece asks: how are journeys remembered and retold? What of the aching feet that carry the bodies, the bumpy ride, the incidental mountains? How do stories lend meanings to places left behind?
One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) began with an MIF first: a five-part radio series, performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Broadcast live from Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry could be heard throughout Manchester on Unity Radio 92.8 FM and online at Unityradio.fm.
Following the radio series, a multichannel sound and visual installation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art brings another intriguing perspective to these stories, while also marking the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover of Hong Kong to China.