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Ed Carter & Nicky Kirk, 2013

Canopy was a site specific performance space and graphic-score projects located at a remote site in Kielder Fioest

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Composer Ed Carter and architect Nicky Kirk worked with Neville Geddes from the Forestry Commission to gather forest data for this project, which reflected the gradual cultivation and evolution of the surrounding forest.

On the ground, a charred-timber performance space framed a stunning view into the heart of Smugglers Rigg. Overhead, suspended amongst the overhanging branches, a semi-transparent form was created from 15,000 woven cable ties.

The structure and contours of each aspect of the piece related to the different ages of the trees in the surrounding area, creating two abstracted maps of the Kielder forest canopy.

Inspired by the work of architect, composer and artist Iannis Xenakis, the structure was also intended as a graphic score, designed for musical interpretation and the creation of truly unique sonic responses to the surroundings.

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