To Fly Out In The Heat Of Day explores sound and movement as ways to re-orientate marginalised bodies in alienating worlds. To use our dreams, stories of ancestors and performative actions as mechanisms to forge ourselves anew. The audience join Barnell in an immersive sensory universe inhabiting her 'live dream'. A wearable sound-material sculpture made using reusable thermoplastic, and breakthrough electromyography sensors, creates a body-sonic score.
As a neurodivergent artist, Barnell's voice is her natural instrument. Lou has created a wearable sound-material sculpture made using reusable thermoplastic, and breakthrough electromyography sensors, to create a body-sonic score. This wearable instrument controls vocal effects with muscle movement. This mitigates Barnell’s challenges with motor skills and draws the audience into her world of ground- breaking music.
To Fly Out In The Heat Of Day is produced in collaboration with artists and researchers Robin Foster and Courtney Reed, and Sculptor Anthony Bennett. Supported by Sound & Music UK's New Voices and Northern Lights.
“Her set was one of the most astonishing and exciting I have seen...” Demerara Records
“Intense collages of sound” Electronic Sound Magazine
“Barnell captures a diverse, exciting and colourful palette of sounds” TQ Zine
£10.00 / £5.00 concessions
Lou Barnell is an award-winning vocalist, sound, and performance artist. She is one of Manchester Jazz festivals 2023 Hothouse artists, a Sound and Music New Voices 2022 composer, and winner of the 2021 Oram Awards. Her work gives language to her experience of being a neurodivergent woman in a synesthetic world of sound, hyper-focus, and sensory overload. Barnell performs with shapeshifting, wearable instrument sculptures made from ice and thermoplastic.
“As a woman with a learning difficulty, the world feels alienating. To make sense of unfathomable surroundings, I use my voice as a material. My voice is a compass, or a totem, it can be sculpted, broken and reformed.”