Beyond Silence, a new digital commission, launching 21 October

6th August 2021

A new digital artwork by SAF-S2E, Jahday Ford and Melissa Sorrell in collaboration with Studio Morison. Launching online on 21 October 2021 at 6pm.

Join us here for a livestream of Beyond Silence, followed by a discussion with the artists.

Studio Morison and Future20 Collective members SAF-S2E, Jahday Ford and Melissa Sorrell have created a new digital artwork which reimagines Heather Peak and Ivan Morison’s sculptural installation Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds, on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Lake.

The diverse creative practices of SAF-S2E, Ford and Sorrell will fuse together to produce a creative digital response to the sculpture and its surrounding landscape, titled Beyond Silence.

Whilst Silence invites visitors to be quiet in the space, the sculpture also asks audiences to spend time listening and focusing on the surrounding natural environment. SAF-S2E, Ford, Sorrell used this idea as inspiration to produce a new work from onsite field recordings and compose a heightened audio experience of the site, accompanied by moving images.

The group have spent time together onsite after hours, between dusk and dawn, and capture this usually unseen moment of time at the Park. The final outcome is an interpretative expression of the work Silence seen through the collective’s individual practices, which includes poetry and spoken word to glass blowing, ceramics, textiles, filmmaking, photography and performance.

The members worked together to build and layer their audio and visual responses, each adding their own captured sounds, performance and footage from the out-of-hours visit. The work will be accessible and experienced in many ways, including being made available to view online from 21st October 2021.

About the Artists

Jahday Ford
Since relocating from Bermuda to Manchester UK in 2011, Jahday Ford has developed his artistry through collaborations, Art & Design courses at Manchester College and most recently graduating from The Manchester School of Art with a BA Degree in Three Dimensional Design. His practice explores glass blowing, moulding making and sound design. Ford’s most recent work with Deconstruct and Breathe show an exploration of concepts and materiality in craft and digital sound exposing aesthetic mediums beyond traditional techniques. Throughout the pandemic he was able to explore multimedia and sound composing for HOME Manchester’s Future20 Collective Project.

Melissa Sorrell
After graduating with a Filmmaking degree in 2018, Melissa Sorrell has concentrated on a variety of film productions; primarily short dramas and music videos. During the pandemic, she completed her first Virtual Reality exhibition with the Future20 Collective in collaboration with Studio Morison. The exhibition, Last Place on Earth is an artistic response to climate change commissioned by HOME MCR. Currently, Melissa is developing her skills in Assistant Directing and Producing. Her interests include location scouting; discovering unique spaces, and seeing how they can inspire new narratives and characters that may inhabit.

SAF-S2E is a poet, rapper, theatre maker and member of Young Identity. His writing explores existence as a whole in terms of spirituality, growth and the meaning of being .He has performed in various stages and festivals across the UK such as Latitude and Sundown and Manchester International Festival. As part of Young Identity he has also performed in various places nationally and internationally such as the British Council literature festival 2019 in Berlin. He was one of 6 winners of BBC Words First 2019 and was featured on Bitesize and Blue Peter. He is also published in Young Identity’s Anthology No Disclaimers and in the Jude Yawson edited Use Words First. With Contact Young Company he has had the pleasure of being in 3 theatre productions Old Tools, New futures, Baby Fever and The Starter kit.