Every day from 10-15 November, internationally acclaimed band Everything Everything take over Central Library Manchester as they present Chaos To Order, a week of curated events and experiments to challenge perceptions and test the limits of what a 21st century library can be.
Throughout the week Everything Everything will, in public view, compose new songs that directly respond to the iconic Grade II* listed building’s extraordinary architecture. Library goers, visitors and audiences can see first-hand how the Ivor Novello Award and Mercury Prize nominated band work together and with other artists in the surroundings of a working public library.
Kiran Leonard performs Dereveaun Seraun, an original composition of five movements specially commissioned for the residency and in collaboration with HOME and North West Film Archive singer-songwriter Josephine will perform against a backdrop of historical footage from the archive collections.
Throughout the week Emma Jane Unsworth will be the Chaos To Order Writer-in-Residence. Unsworth will host daily readings of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems and Q&A sessions with Manchester’s hottest new fiction writers, as well as hosting drop-in workshop sessions in one of the city’s newest social spaces.
Comedian, writer, presenter and activist Josie Long performs a one-off specially commissioned piece in Central Library’s performance space, in which she will explore the theme of Chaos To Order. BBC 6 Music presenter and stand-up comedian Shaun Keaveny will kick off the weekend by inviting audiences to drop by for a drink and a spot of post-work levity.
The audience gets in on the act on with a part-performance, part-installation from Matthew Bourne and Christophe De Bezenac. Performance company Quarantine present The Reading Room, a mass spoken-word choir under the magnificent dome of the Henry Wolfson Reading Room and invite members of the public to make a contribution to Chaos To Order with ‘Between us, we know everything….‘ a mobile video studio based at Central Library throughout the week capturing both the useful and useless information a person acquires in their lifetime.
Elements of Everything Everything’s residency will combine in the residency’s finale event on Saturday 15 November. Singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop performs a new commission in the Henry Wolfson Reading Room, while internationally-renowned dance producers Company Chameleon reprise an improvised dance piece created for the residency. Everything Everything will then take to the stage to debut original material shaped and influenced by the library’s unique surroundings and the residency’s theme – Chaos To Order.
Produced by Manchester art organisations, Brighter Sound and HOME, the live music, art and film collaboration, EIGHT, took place over eight days with eight artists – four from Manchester and four from Wuhan, China. Musicians – Denis Jones, and Josephine Oniyama, Fan Pei Pei and Victor Wang and visual artists He Chengyun, Zhou Gang, Kim May and Chris Paul Daniels.
The finale performance at K11 art village celebrated the opening of the British Consulate General in Wuhan, Manchester’s sister city.
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Part of the Celluloid History Songs project, this is one of six short films drawing on footage from the North West Film Archive. They were shown live alongside new songs written by Josephine during the opening weekend of HOME arts centre.
The Finale event film of the Chaos to Order residency week.
See the building, meet the band and the event producer, hear the concept behind Chaos to Order. The Library is OPEN!
With the work of Alan Turing as an implicit influence in their sonic and visual explorations, saxophonist/creative programmer Christophe de Bézenac and analogue synth player Matthew Bourne will be creating sound in conjunction with a visual computer programme that will capture and scramble ambient sound and movements in their immediate surroundings, from the library’s performance space.
This event is part of Chaos to Order, a collaborative artistic residency curated by Everything Everything and produced by Brighter Sound, running 10-15 November at Manchester Central Library.
Awarded to the best, perviously unpublished writing on a new work in the arts. The winning 1500 word piece will be a review of a book, film, concert, ballet, stage play or TV show.
Judges: Mariella Frostrup, Stuart Kelly and Helen Oyeyemi