Does Spring Hide Its Joy | Future Yard

We’re very pleased to be working with Abandon Normal Devices festival to present this special video installation at Future Yard, running between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July 2021.

Does Spring Hide Its Joy is an immersive audio experience by American composer Kali Malone featuring musicians Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton, which manifests as a multichannel sound installation in a hydraulic tower and engine house in Birkenhead Docks. The video installation at Future Yard is a specially commissioned film portrait of the installation by filmmaker Célia Hay. The film will be screened in an immersive environment at Future Yard (a 17-minute walk from the installation) on 3rd and 4th July, presented in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices.

Entry is free. No booking required.

Does Spring Hide Its Joy was created and recorded in the empty Berlin Funkhaus & Monom during the lockdown of spring 2020. The music is a study in long-form, non-linear durational composition, with a heightened focus on septimal just intonation and beat interference patterns.

Originally designed by engineer Jesse Hartley in 1868, the Hydraulic Tower, Birkenhead is based on the Palazzo Vecchio, a renaissance cavern in Florence, Italy. Bombed during World War II, the iconic nineteenth-century Grade II listed building has been left unused for decades. In this empty chamber of industrial energy, Malone’s durational composition breathes and bellows through porous brick walls, reverberating toward the surface of dockland waters.

The audio installation inside the Hydraulic Tower is a durational piece, lasting three hours in total. Visitors will be invited into the main hall of the building to listen, walk, sit, and be immersed in the vibrations of the durational audio installation. This experience is ticketed – you can book tickets and find more information about it here.