Invisible Dust

London | Tuesday 26 March
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Adam Chodzko British Science Festival 13

© Adam Chodzko, 'Rising', photos Colin Davison, September 2013

Adam Chodzko’s Rising – an audio co-commission between Great North Run Culture and Invisible Dust.

Put your headphones on and immerse yourself into the sounds of Rising here.

Rising is an extraordinary, waterlogged, dreamlike future for the Great North Run, where runners have adapted physically and psychologically to their increasingly aquatic environment of flash flooding and rising water levels brought about through climate change.

As part of the British Science Festival 2013, Chodzko produced this audio work for fatigued athletes and their supporters to listen to directly after the race whilst on their way back home on Sunday 15th September. The first live performance of Rising by actress Gretchen Egolf with sound by Tim Barker took place on 7th September in the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.

The famous sight of runners passing across the Tyne Bridge out of Newcastle, has become for Chodzko a ritualistic preparation for a city’s evacuation prior to its final submergence under flood waters.  This becomes an annual exercise in escape showing the Great North Run’s ongoing ability to evolve, actually incorporating the challenge of flooding into the event. The work operates in a hypnotic way to address the reality and consequences of climate change.

See video about ‘Rising’ here.

Flash flooding in Newcastle

Rising connects to the event at 4pm on 28th June 2012 when Newcastle came to a standstill. The Tyne Bridge was hit by lightning and a month’s rain fell in one hour causing widespread chaos and flooding. This freak weather event was named the ‘Toon Monsoon’.

Alice Sharp (Invisible Dust curator) linked Chodzko with Dr Claire Walsh; Researcher in Water Resources, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, at Newcastle University and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research who has been researching the flood (see below) and Chodzko has reimagined the ‘Toon Monsoon’ of tomorrow.

Rising is the first part of the research on a new Invisible Dust programme ‘Invisible Heat’ about the effects of climate change on health, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Invisible Dust at the British Science Festival

Mariele Neudecker and Adam Chodzko showed their works on the deep sea and flooding as part of the British Science Festival 2013which took place from 7th-12th September in Newcastle.  The Festival was hosted by Newcastle University with associate partners Northumbria University and Newcastle City Council.

More about Adam Chodzko here

About Gretchen Egolf

Gretchen Egolf is an American theatre, television and film actress. Broadway: Jackie, Ring Round the Moon (with Lincoln Center). West End: Jackie. Film: The Namesake (Mira Nair), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella), Quiz Show (Robert Redford). Television: Journeyman, Law and Order SVU, Roswell, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, CSI: Miami, Lie To Me, Criminal Minds, The Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Medium, Martial Law, Without a Trace, Law and Order, Cosby. New York Theater: plays at Second Stage, The Vineyard, The Flea, Women’s Project, The Atlantic. American theater: among others, A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater), Betrayal (Huntington Theater), As You Like It (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Private Lives, Much Ado About Nothing (both Barrington Stage).

About Tim Barker

Tim Barker studied sound design for film and television at The Royal College of Art and for the past 16 years has been working as a Sound Recordist and Sound Designer on a wide range of British independent films and television drama.

Recent feature film credits include Terrence Davies’ THE DEEP BLUE SEA; Dan Mazer’s directorial debut I GIVE IT A YEAR for Working Title and Jerusha Hess’ AUSTENLAND produced by Stephanie Meyer.

TV credits include last years BBC improvised drama LOVE LIFE directed Dominic Savage and has worked with Marc Munden on BAFTA winning ‘THE MARK OF CAIN’; THE CRIMSON AND THE WHITE’ and this years cult thriller UTOPIA for Channel 4.

In 2010 Tim was nominated for a BIFA (Best Technical Achievement) for his sound design on Clio Barnard’s Art Angel collaboration THE ARBOR.
Most recently Tim has completed sound recording on The BBC Christmas special period drama DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY directed by Daniel Percival

About Great North Run Culture

Great North Run Culture is an annual series of arts projects, events and exhibitions which celebrate and explore sport and art. Featuring film, photography, dance, drama, writing, participation projects and much more, we use the world’s largest half-marathon as the starting point for commissioning exciting, innovative and accessible art.

Thank you to our funders and partners

Rising is supported by the Great North Run Culture, the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Newcastle University, basicFM, CIRCA projects, The British Science Festival 2013, The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.