Field Bagatelles: A radio composition in five episodes, and a sound installation by Samson Young

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, the University of Salford Art Collection and West Kowloon Cultural District. Produced by Manchester International Festival.

Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, brilliant young artist Samson Young premieres a major new work at MIF17. Inspired by mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot, this multilayered piece asks: how are journeys remembered and retold? What of the aching feet that carry the bodies, the bumpy ride, the incidental mountains? How do stories lend meanings to places left behind?

One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) will begin with an MIF first: a five-part radio series, performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Broadcast live from Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry can be heard throughout Manchester on FM and online: on radios, laptops and phones. A small number of tickets will be available for audiences to observe the live broadcast of each episode.

Following the radio series, a multichannel sound and visual installation will premiere at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. The installation will bring another intriguing perspective to these stories, while also marking the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover of Hong Kong to China.

Photo: Samson Young in Düsseldorf, Germany, December 2016
© Donald Christie