Prepared by Hollie Latham
Release date: May 2016
UK Premiere of new interactive sound installation recreates the rousing roar of a football crowd
This summer sees the UK premiere of an exciting new sound installation by Invisible Flock, a leading interactive arts organisation described by the Guardian as “real innovators” of digital and interactive art.
105+dB is an ambitious large-scale 3D sonic installation about identity, place and participation that premieres this June in Leeds as part of the Yorkshire Festival, the UK’s newest international festival and in Lille as part L’entorse Festival and the Euro 2016 celebrations.
The work recreates the rousing sound footprint of a large football crowd captured at Leeds United and combines it with pre-existing recording of a match in Lille and in Ghent, merging stadiums and cities — presenting our similarities and differences in one unified artwork.
The collective and individual cheers and boos, chants and songs, create a 3D roar for participants to navigate, walking through and around a wall of sound as if it were a sculpture. Reframing the soundscape of an emotionally charged and highly participatory sporting event and presenting it within a civic space will playfully unite audiences of all ages through conversation and interaction.
On Saturday 30th April 2016 Invisible Flock recorded the sound footprint of the crowd experiencing Leeds United last home match of the season against Charlton Athletic at Elland Road. Using a custom built array of microphones positioned around the stadium they captured not only the sound itself but an exact spatial replica of the scale and location of the noise in 3D space, recording both the roar of the crowd and individual voices. This new work invites audiences to explore and respond to the architecture of sound and question our ideas of loneliness and togetherness in public spaces.
Artist, Ben Eaton explains “105+dB refers to the sound level at which individual voices are lost in a crowd and we’re interested in exploring what it means to belong as an individual or part of a mass. We hope the work will evoke a strong emotional response from a wide range of audiences who experience it in Leeds city centre presenting a playful interaction for people of all ages in a shared public space. We are also very excited to be part of Yorkshire Festival, a major cultural celebration that showcases creativity across Yorkshire.”
Leeds United Football Club also commented "The club is thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project with Invisible Flock, who captured the crowd noise from our final home game of the season against Charlton Athletic. Leeds United prides itself on the passion of the club's loyal supporters and the huge numbers in which they famously follow the team, so it is a great opportunity to showcase this to a wider audience."
Yorkshire Festival’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman, said: “We are thrilled to be presenting a UK premiere of 105+dB with Invisible Flock as part of the epic, bold and game-changing Yorkshire Festival 2016. Expect the unexpected with world-class performances, UK and world premieres and exclusives, and even an attempt to break a world record. The Festival will reach the whole of our great, beautiful county across 18 days this June and July. Make sure you come and be part of it!”
105+dB will be presented on the hour every hour between 2pm and 10pm for three days in Lille (3-5 June) and Leeds (23-24 June) and in Ghent (18 July) as part of a European tour. To find out more about Invisible Flock, 105+dB and other projects visit www.invisibleflock.com
For media enquiries and image requests
Contact: Hollie Latham / email@example.com / 07816 104483
Photo call on Monday 13 June, 2pm
105+dB Leeds UTD Football Club, Elland Road stadium, Leeds.
Photographs with the artists and interview opportunities.
Invisible Flock are an interactive arts organisation based in Leeds; Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton. Recently described in the Guardian as “real innovators” of digital and interactive art they are renowned for creating ground breaking hybrid work across forms. Developing highly participatory live and digital work on a large scale.
Drawing from real life, their practice invites people to re-imagine the world they live in and how we all participate in it, using technology to incite meaningful encounters. Their work is characteristically ambitious in its scope and in its approach in re-imagining the role and position of the audience; interactive work that is brought to life by taking part, walking, submitting, or co-creating alongside the artists. They have made seafront installations powered by apps interacting with nautical buoys floating out at sea, sound walks across Morecambe Bay accompanied by the Queen’s last Sand Pilot, created revolutionary communities via SMS, new pieces that span continents as well as work for galleries, theatres, city streets and soon for outer space. www.invisibleflock.com
2016 - A year ahead
This year sees the development of three new pieces of work by Invisible Flock presented in the UK and internationally. 105+dB, Control and Kites will engage demographically diverse audiences from across the UK, Lille, Ghent and India creating large scale and ambitious works with sound, SMS and performance presenting a dynamic and socially engaged portfolio of work placing Invisible Flock at the forefront of creating and co-creating interactive work that connects audiences, artists and every day life and asks us to think about the world in which we live. For more information click HERE (link to website/press pack)
Yorkshire Festival 2016 runs from 16 June - 3 July with preview events around the Tour de Yorkshire weekend at the end of April. It is the UK’s newest international festival and builds on the resounding success of the first edition in 2014 and promises world premieres and UK exclusives with spectacular outdoor performances as well as music, theatre, arts and dance from theatres to clubs.
Yorkshire Festival is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire with government funding through the Arts Council England as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. To find out more visit
www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk or follow on Twitter @YorkshireFest or on Facebook yorkshirefestival
For further information contact:
Debbie Bradley – Senior Press Officer – Yorkshire Festival
Tel: 01943 603311
Mob: 07740 362861
Olivia Rhodes – Press Officer - Yorkshire Festival
Tel: 01943 603311
Partners and Funders
105+dB is supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired and Leeds United FC. Commissioned by East Street Arts (Leeds), l’Entorse (Lille, France) and Vooruit (Ghent, Belgium) as part of Ex[s] ports, funded by EU – Creative Europe.
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