Hello, (for those who know of Napoleon IIIrd and also those who don't) Napoleon IVth is the sound art and installation arm of Napoleon IIIrd.
We produce large scale sound installations focusing on documenting buildings and institutions; using sounds recorded within these places and including both the public and users of the building in the final production. The aim is to get people to look differently at spaces they use regularly and to inject an unexpected layer of beauty into everyday places.
For a full weekend this September sound artists Napoleon IVth are taking over Leeds Central Library for an installation of sound.
Traditionally silent places, this installation challenges the notion of a library as a noiseless environment. It will be used to draw attention to the increasing pressures placed on libraries, not only through cuts in funding but also through the steady progression of the digital age, libraries must evolve and are evolving in order to survive.
This sound installation will be produced from scratch in the weeks preceding the 26th and 27th of September. It draws upon both the experience of those who regularly use and rely on the library as well as the fabric and history of the grade ii listed building itself.
Live musicians will perform alongside recorded sound and music emanating from 24 separate speakers placed around the library.
We would like instrumentalists, vocalists, poets and anyone else to get involved. For further information please email us through our website.
This event is a follow-up to an installation that Napoleon IVth created in Union Chapel (London) for Open House 2014.