Sam Belinfante’s Decomposition engages with the Carillon, perhaps Loughborough’s most recognizable local landmark. The Carillon is a musical instrument played by manipulating levers to ring bells housed in a tower above. Built as a war memorial in 1923, the unveiling of the Carillon was marked by the performance of a new composition commissioned from Edward Elgar. Interested in the tension between preservation and decay that is inherent in materials, as well as systems of collective care, Sam is creating Decomposition—an audio-visual installation which will be both produced and presented in the Carillon Tower itself. With the Carillon currently closed for renovations, Sam invited volunteers at the Carillon’s Museum, as well as students from Loughborough and Leicester Universities to a collective cleaning session in the Carillon, which he will filmed and recorded. This footage is being edited together with recordings made at the local Taylor’s Bell Foundry, where repairs to the instrument are being carried out.

Sam Belinfante is an artist and musician making film and photographic work, often in collaboration with with other musicians and composers. His practice incorporates curating, sound, and performance. He has a long-term interest in the cross-overs between the visual and the sonic; and the ways in which the sonic may be considered visual. Recent projects include On the Heights, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); This is a Voice at MAAS Sydney and Wellcome Collection, London (2016-17); The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle and The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery (both 2015). He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include Feedback at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017) and On the One Hand and the Other at Camden Arts Centre and Supernormal Festival, UK (2016). Sam is an Academic Fellow in Fine Art and Curatorial Practice at the University of Leeds.

Picture: Laura Purseglove/Radar

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Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee is a musician, artist and educator based at Primary Studios in Nottingham. She produces audio works, performance, site-specific installations, film scores, broadcasts and publications.

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