|26 Mar 2024
|09:30/10:00 - 12:30
|Atrium, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
- 09:30: Breakfast showing of the inReach exhibition at the Alison Richard Building (including pastries)
- 10:00 Workshop begins, Families welcome, minimum age 5
We invite you to join a session with the Bat Choir, exploring what it is like to communicate in a ‘bat-like’ way. This session will introduce you to strategies for human echolocation, using echoes to navigate and communicate. We will experiment with our voices and ‘listening sticks’, crafting objects that allow us to listen in new ways to our environment and to each other. This workshop is offered to individuals and families (minimum age 5).
Bat Choir is a collective led by Hermione Spriggs, Sarah Latto and Harsha Balasubramanian. It is an experimental project/practice in which groups of people use voices and objects to echolocate, exploring different architectures through attentive listening. Bat choir is radically inclusive. It welcomes and absorbs different publics in varying situations, starting from the premise that everyone who can speak can sing, and everyone who can hear or feel can echolocate.
About the inReach project
About inReach – /ɪn riːtʃ/
- inside the distance to which someone can stretch out their hand.
- within the capacity of someone to attain or achieve something
- (inversion of ‘outreach’) considers the expertise of those usually closed off from academic and artistic reception.
The term ‘inReach’ signifies any action which reshapes elite institutions as inclusive domains through centrally placing work by people otherwise absent in traditional arts and academic spaces. This series will critically question and therefore set to prove false the too-common trope that certain people are ‘hard to reach.’ By bringing artists, academics, and key local publics together via CRASSH, inReach will amplify the underacknowledged value of lived expertise of socially marginalised people, while also fostering ongoing debates about transience, stigma and inequality in the UK.