Throughout the final week of the Manchester International Festival Underworld’s Manchester Street Poem will be in residence in the city.
Over the last year, Hyde has been working with pioneering local organisations including Mustard Tree and the Manchester Homelessness Partnership to develop a project that will spotlight the stories of those who find themselves homeless in the city.
MIF audiences will be able to watch Karl Hyde at work on a piece that is both fleeting performance and compelling installation, transforming a disused city centre space. Over the course of a week Hyde will cover the walls of the venue with words and phrases drawn from the streets, whilst the space will fill with a powerful soundtrack by Rick Smith built on fragments recorded all over the city.
The performance will be broadcast daily via a network of CCTV cameras, whilst the Street Poem project becomes a portal to an online library of stories and images gathered from the people with lived experience who have contributed to and steered the project.
“We came to Manchester with a concept for a performed installation connected to its own digital library to serve both as a shop window and a receptacle for stories from people with lived experience who are too often reduced to a generic the homeless. It is imperative to us that this project is directed by and serves the fellow citizens of our island whose voices, stories and identities are repeatedly ignored. Having created the concept we invited all our contributors to hijack it, direct it and have control of the editorial, which they did with great relish.” Karl Hyde
Karl Hyde is co-creator and co-composer for Fatherland which runs at MIF17 from 1 July.
MACHESTER STREET POEM
10am – 6pm
Previews: Thur 6 – Sun 9th
Opens: Mon 10–Fri 14 July
Venue A city centre venue – see mif.co.uk for details