On 4 February from 19:00 to 19:30 UTC, Shout at Cancer and Philip Clemo presented a performance as part of their ongoing project From Silence Into Song. The event was shown via Facebook Live on 4th February at 19.00 UTC.
The project investigates the destructive and healing legacy of radiation, while raising funds and awareness for the charity Shout at Cancer.
From Silence Into Song explores the dichotomous history of radiation “as an instrument of both healing and war” - Philip Clemo; “...in the late 19th Century X-rays were first used to treat cancer and in 1918 Ernest Rutherford split the atom, leading to the development of the first atomic bomb. We explore this parallel legacy and its profound effect on humanity.” On 16 December 2020 a collection of four artworks by Philip Clemo, Separated by Shadows, was launched on Sedition Art as part of the project, with profits going to the Shout at Cancer charity.
Separated By Shadows by Philip Clemo
Coinciding with World Cancer Day, the event on 4 February featured performances from the choir and cellist Emily Burridge. It also featured recordings of the extraordinary trees that survived the atomic bombs of Hiroshima & Nagasaki; footage and sound recorded directly from those trees with highly sensitive sensors at the exact time of the explosions 75 years earlier. A poem composed from the perspective of the trees, and a discussion of the project with Choir director Dr Thomas Moors and Philip Clemo, completed the event.
This project has been made with the support of Arts Council, England, Hottinger, Bruel & Kjaer, Sennheiser and Alice Riddell.