Noise of the Past – 29th October 2010

Friday 29th October 2010, 5pm, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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‘Noise of the Past’ – a poetic journey of war, memory and dialogue through
two inter-related works.

Introduction by Nirmal Puwar, Co-Director of Methods Lab, Goldsmiths,
University of London

Post-colonial War Requiem (excerpt from live performance) – Composed
by Francis Silkstone, AHRC Fellow, Dept of Music, Goldsmiths,
University of London

Unravelling (screening) – Directed by Kuldip Powar
(Poet/Screenwriter), with original score by Nitin Sawhney

Q&A with Kuldip Powar, Francis Silkstone, Nirmal Puwar & Sanjay Sharma
Noise of the Past project (principally funded by the Arts & Humanities
Research Council) presents two commissions produced from a creative
‘call-and-response’ method to cast a different light on war, memory
and the art of dialogue. Project Directors: Dr Nirmal Puwar
(Goldsmiths, Univ. of London) & Dr Sanjay Sharma (Brunel University).

Unravelling (2008, 17 mins) is the result of a unique film-making
process, creatively working with poetry, archive materials, visual art
and music. Internationally acclaimed Nitin Sawhney composed a new
score in response to an original inter-generational poetic dialogue in
Urdu between Sawarn Singh, a WWII Indian soldier who fought for the
British in Burma, the Middle East and Africa, before moving to the UK,
and his grandson, Kuldip Powar.  Through poetic motifs a sensory
experience emerges, both evocative and haunting, inviting us to
explore our own ambivalences towards collective and personal stories
of war.

Post-Colonial War Requiem (2008) also drew upon the inter-generational
poetic dialogue as the source of inspiration for Francis Silkstone,
who produced a new composition performed with moving musicians.
Benjamin Britten’s original ‘War Requiem’ inaugurated the newly-built
Coventry Cathedral in 1962, offering Remembrance without militarism.
Though consciously inclusive, it did not reference the contributions
of the (former) colonies.
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