Thursday, 29 September 2016

'House for Sale' Campaign

It's Immaterial

John J. Campbell and Jarvis Whitehead are a pair of artists/musicians who met in Liverpool in the late seventies having moved to the city to study Art and Architecture respectively. Working together under the moniker of It’s Immaterial since the eighties they have produced work for both radio, theatre and film as well as recording two well received albums titled ‘Life’s Hard and then you Die and Song. A third album ‘House for Sale’ was originally intended for release in the early nineties but the multitrack recordings were misplaced in a studio move and only rediscovered in recent times. After restoration and remastering the material will finally see the light of day as a result of this Pledge campaign.

Artist in Residence The Welsh Streets

Home Movie by Moira Kenny 2006

10 Year Anniversary of Artist Residency

Writing on the Wall

A NEON sign  will urge residents of Toxteth's Welsh Streets to "Talk To Me" as part of a new project to capture neighbourhood change.

Liverpool artist Moira Kenny was chosen as an artist in residence to help residents through changes in the area.

Ms Kenny will use an empty house in Powis Street as an artistic base for documenting the change, which has caused controversy and has split the Welsh Streets community. Organisers hope it will be a positive way of expressing different opinions.

It is part of the Solid Futures initiative, which aims to engage with people in areas undergoing housing market renewal. Schools, shopkeepers and community groups will all be encouraged to get involved, as will individual residents.

Similar Solid Futures projects are planned for housing market renewal areas in Bootle's Queens Road/Bedford Road neighbourhood and Rock Ferry, Wirral.

Ms Kenny said today: "I aim to record the social history of the area, capturing the local identity of the past for present and future generations.

"The work will focus on the transition of people from dereliction to new housing. It will be contemporary and I'll be using the house as a working situation - it will be open in time for the Biennial.

"This project will help to document the value of community and belonging. I enjoy stories relating to people, their lives, histories and relationship to the surrounding architecture."

She will research the original occupants of the house and will transform one of the rooms using traditional textiles.

A second room will be used to produce a collage of photographs, memories, newspaper cuttings and music lyrics, reflecting the feelings of Welsh Streets residents.
First published June 2006

The Residency was devised and commissioned by Sonia Bassey Solid Futures when she worked at Plus Dane.

Personification and Identity in a Post-digital Age Faces of Merseyside

This image was produced by overlaying 23 photographs of Chinese women Photographer: Moira Kenny 2016
This image was produced overlaying 26 photographs of Chinese men Photographer: Moira Kenny 2016

Moira Kenny and John Campbell collaborated with Dr Caroline Wilkinson and Face Lab Research Assistant Dr Stenton Mackenzie to resonate a mutual interest in promoting an understanding of and access to British hidden social histories, a commitment to demonstrating the potential for flexibility in gender roles and the generation of a more equalised representation of female lives.

Dr Caroline Wilkinson Caroline took up the post of Director of the School of Art & Design in October 2014. She has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification.

he project aims to analyse the faces of people from Merseyside through the creation of a range of facial averages that describe different populations, such as ages, genders, occupation and interests. Similarities between groups will emphasise social cohesion, and differences will highlight ‘tribalcohesion. These discussions/results may broaden an understanding of identity, appearance and society for the people of Liverpool – informing an ongoing interest in national/local identity, social cohesion and the migration of world populations.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Lyceum Public Art Work Bold Street Liverpool


Pic Sue_Hen

THE SOUND AGENTS were commissioned by The Liverpool BID Company to design an installation to dress The Lyceum building to commemorate The Great War for the Anniversary of The Battle of The Somme on the 1st July 2016. The Title of the installation is taken from the Wilfred Owen poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” 
“Bent double, like old beggars under sacks Knock-Kneed,
coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep.
Many had lost their bootsBut limped on, blood-shod.
All went lame; all blind” 
The installation depicts the 1914 - 1918 correspondence between Liverpool families and their loved ones. The image on the center panel is Arthur Lloyd Kings Regiment and Liverpool Pal. He died aged 20 years on the 30th July 1916 during the first assault of The Battle of Guillemont, one of the twelve Battles of the Somme.Arthur Lloyd as a central theme represents every man. The work is contextualised by supporting images and correspondence contributed by the people of Merseyside.                                       
    “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory
The old lie " Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori”  Wilfred Owen 
The words mean “It is sweet and right to die for your country” often quoted at the beginning of WW1.War poet Wilfred Owen lived in Tranmere, Wirral.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Dulce et Decorum Est

Dulce et Decorum Est
 (Mock up of how the building could look)

Moira Kenny and John Campbell The Sound Agents commissioned to create WW1 Public Art Work

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Sound Agents Delighted to Welcome Patron Judy Ling Wong

                                        Judy Ling Wong CBE - Painter, Poet and Environmentlist

                                OBE. CBE. FRSA. HonFCIWEM. HonPhD. HonFIES. HonSocEnv


Judy Ling Wong CBE, painter, poet and environmentalist, is best known as a major voice on policy towards social inclusion and an integrative approach to environmental participation, bringing together social, cultural, environmental and economic concerns. She is the Honorary President of Black Environment Network, with an international reputation as the pioneer in the field of ethnic participation in the built and natural environment.

Judy has received many Honours in recognition of her contribution, including OBE for pioneering ethnic environmental participation, CBE for services to heritage and Honorary PhD from the University of Gloucestershire.

 Judy was a professional Chinese traditional painter at the age of 12 in Hong Kong, and came to the West as a painter and poet. In 1977, she became the first woman in the history of China to be Master of the 3 Arts – painting, calligraphy and the carving of seals. It was a shock to everyone when she abandoned a successful blossoming artistic career in her thirties to turn towards social commitment. She has always been one who goes my own way. At this stage of her life, she continues to contribute to key environmental agendas, but in recent years, is giving time to return to her arts.

Monday, 22 February 2016


Pine Court Housing awarded The Sound Agents funding to organise a Photographic Exhibition of images held in The Sound Agents Liverpool Chinatown Oral History Archive. The residents also took part in a Chinese banquet and a spectacular dance performance by Chi Fong Chan's Ladies Dance Group on February 18th to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 Year of the Monkey at Chung Hok House.

Mr Lau: Blue Funnel

Mr Sing Zhay Woo: Blue Funnel

Mr Wong EE Chong with thanks from the Wong Family Liverpool