This year, the Artangel Longplayer Conversation brings together Brian Eno and David Graeber to discuss present concerns and the long term potential for change. Eno is a cultural polymath, an artist, writer, producer and musician; Graeber meanwhile is an activist who has worked extensively with the Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street and author of a number of books including the highly-acclaimed Debt: The First 5,000 Years and regularly writes for The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Harpers. In addition to this, he also currently holds the position of Professor of Social Anthopology at the London School of Economics.
2014 also marks another step forward in Jem Finer’s continuous 1000-year commission Longplayer, a composition that began playing at midday on 31 December 1999 and will continue to play without repetition until the end of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again.
Longplayer the musical piece can be directly experienced in the atmospheric environment of the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London; additionally, it can be heard at several other listening posts around the world and even via a live stream on the internet at longplayer.org
In addition to the listening post, 234 singing bowls – used as a part of the 66-foot-wide orchestral instrument to perform Longplayer – are on display at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The steel structure, designed by Ingrid Hu, was commissioned to display the bowls with each tier of the structure, containing 39 bowls positioned sequentially, corresponding to one of the six concentric rings of the Longplayer instrument.
Brian Eno and David Graeber: The Artangel Longplayer Conversation 2014 : 7 October, 7pm Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Longplayer, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. longplayer.org
1. Longplayer bowl. © James Whitaker