Interactive sound sessions and exhibition launch at Barrow event

15 September 2017 10:58AM

FURNESS sound art company Octopus Collective will be holding an interactive session in Barrow next week.

The event, part of Signal Film and Media's year-long Lost Stations programme, also doubles up as a preview night for a new exhibition.

On Thursday 21, the next instalment of Lost Stations presents an evening of audiovisual delights, showcasing new work by some of Cumbria’s most exciting artists exploring the digital realm.

The night will begin with a preview of emerging artist Amy Story’s specially-commissioned artwork Lost and Found, which focuses on the people and stories at the centre of Barrow’s past, present and future.

Amy is a Cumbrian-based artist working in photography, film and installation. With a background in videography, she has an experimental approach in testing new processes for expressing the themes within her work.

Echoing the Lost Stations theme and created from many interviews conducted with members of the local community, Amy’s new commission will use the huge network of disused train stations and lines surrounding Barrow as an entry point to explore personal relationships to the town’s past, present and future.

Featuring moving, ghost-like figures and localised sound, the piece will journey through a desolate space, undulating with the many voices and generations of the town.

The second half of the evening will be hosted by the Octopus Collective, who will be talking about their work before leading an interactive session with the opportunity to try out some of their newest creations for making sounds.

Dedicated to developing and exporting new work and acting as an incubator for emerging artists, Octopus offer an ongoing programme of activities including performance, education and research projects, artistic commissions and the biennial Full of Noises Festival.

Thursday's event takes place at the Cooke's Studio, in Abbey Road.

The Lost and Found preview, including a short talk from Amy Story, starts at 6.30pm, and the Octopus Collective begins its presentation at 7.30pm ahead of an evening of interactive sound sessions.

For more information about this event and to reserve your free place, visit the Lost Stations website or email

Lost and Found will be open to the public from Friday September 22 to Friday October 6, Monday to Friday, from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

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