Created by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Silent Sound is part classical concert and part public séance. It draws on the powerful psychological set-up of 19th century Spiritualist public performances and is inspired in part by Victorian entertainers the Davenport Brothers, who were famed for attempting to contact the souls of the dead using their ‘spirit cabinet’. To make this remarkable project the artists joined forces with acclaimed musician Jason Pierce (Spiritualized), who scored a new orchestral composition, and leading parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe (TV’s Most Haunted). Silent Sound is an unmissable event creating an atmosphere of suggestion and uncertainty and has been specially adapted for Middlesbrough Town Hall.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively at Goldsmiths College of Art. They initially became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments which pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary visual art over a series of major live art commissions at London’s ICA in the late nineties. Performance and music culture plays a significant role in their work, and this has led to some notable collaborations. They have established an ongoing working relationship with Nick Cave, with their various projects together including a series of 14 short films, Do you love me like I love you.
Produced by AV Festival 10, in partnership with Middlesbrough Council. Silent Sound was first commissioned by the A Foundation for the Liverpool Biennial, 2006.