Sound catalogue: On the Tip of My Tongue | Chapter 5

As part of the exhibition On the Tip of My Tongue, a sound catalog in five chapters is presented. The sound catalog contains recorded material about the participating artists and the ideas informing the exhibition as a whole.

Chapter 5: The Caretaker
British musician James Leyland Kirby talks about his album An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, released in 2011 under the name of The Caretaker. Made solely from sampled gramophone records of pre-war ballroom music, it reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in what happens when our minds and memories begin to deteriorate.

Recent research has shown that for Alzheimer’s sufferers, music can act as a trigger to reawaken lost memories, and this has been a starting point for Kirby’s exploration of the mind and how it operates. The album was played in its entirety as part of Magasin 3’s exhibition On the Tip of My Tongue, on a Sunday afternoon in October 2013, inside the old ice-skating pavillion at Kastellholmen in central Stockholm.

Participants: James Leyland Kirby, musician, Tessa Praun, Curator Magasin 3, and Richard Julin, Chief Curator Magasin 3
Language: English
Date: December 2013
Duration: 18 mins
Exhibition: On the Tip of My Tongue

Listen to:
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

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