Underworld release Manchester Street Poem Installation Score

Underworld have released a ‘Manchester Street Poem Installation Score’ which was recorded specifically for MIF17’s award-winning Manchester Street Poem – a live installation artwork which told the stories of people who found themselves homeless in the city.

Created during a process that was both performance and compelling installation, the Manchester Street Poem Installation Score is a unique record of the music underscoring the stories of people who found themselves homeless in the city. During the course of a week, Hyde covered the walls of a disused city centre space with words and phrases drawn from the streets, whilst the space was filled with a powerful soundtrack by Rick Smith built on fragments of human voice recorded all over the city.

Manchester Street Poem Installation Score is available to buy exclusively from underworldlive.com, and the proceeds from download sales will go towards funding the ongoing activities of Manchester Street Poem ahead of its return to this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Over the past two years, the Manchester Street Poem team have continued to work with Manchester International Festival and pioneering local organisations including Mustard Tree and the Manchester Homelessness Partnership to develop the project. This year Manchester Street Poem returns in a new incarnation to the very heart of Manchester International Festival, with a daily-changing exhibition in Festival Square – MIF’s takeover of the city’s Albert Square which also features free live music, cabaret, DJs, and special events.

The billboard-sized artworks will be created each day at a temporary city centre workshop by Karl Hyde and the Manchester Street Poem team. Visitors will be able to scan a QR code on the artworks which will enable them to listen directly to the contributor’s voices, newly recorded for this project. Members of the team will also be available on the square to answer questions and engage in conversations about the work they do throughout the year. It will also be possible to watch the creative process in action at their city centre workshop which is open daily.

See more about the MIF17 collaboration here.

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