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Shifting Lines

‘Hurry now you bright-eyed dark-throated / chanters of the Cley.’ – Mona Arshi

The shifting nature of the North Norfolk coast is evoked through the subtle choreography of voice, natural sounds, video, photography and sensor data in this new multimedia poetry collection by Mona Arshi.

Inspired by and recorded at the stunning scenery of Cley Wildlife Reserve, Arshi draws on the ancient Arabic poetry form of ghazal, combined with cutting edge audio techniques from sound artist Peter Cusack and beautiful imagery from Norfolk-based photographer Matthew Usher, to conjure this vibrant and elemental landscape.

Birdsong, wind in the reeds and distant waves entwine with the poet’s voice to create a polyphonic immersive experience – as if the poems are rising out of the shoreline itself.

During your visit to the installation at Cley Wildlife Reserve, you can also try the ‘field audio’ version of the work on your own phone, allowing you to listen to poems out in the spaces which inspired the writer.

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    Upcoming events for Shifting Lines

    For those who cannot travel to Cley to enjoy the in-person installation, we offer an online version of the work. The shifting nature of the North Norfolk coast is evoked through the subtle choreography of voice, natural sounds, video, photography and sensor data in this new multimedia poetry collection by Mona Arshi.

     

    When

    From 21st May to 1st September

    FREE ONLINE EXPERIENCE
    AVAILABLE FROM 21/5/21

    Where

    Online

    Shifting Lines (Online)
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    Upcoming events for Shifting Lines

    Mona Arshi will be in conversation with digital arts collaborator Mutiny and UEA’s Jos Smith about her creative response to the coastal landscapes and wildlife of North Norfolk. The event includes a visit to the installation in the visitor centre, a reading and chaired discussion, and a suggested walk around the reserve.

    When

    21st May

    SPECIAL LAUNCH EVENT
    NEW POETRY & IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION
    STARTS 17:30
    CLICK 'BOOK NOW' FOR DETAILS

    Where

    Cley and Salthouse Marshes

    Cley Marshes Visitor Centre, Coast Rd, Cley next the Sea NR25 7SA

    ‘Shifting Lines’ (Launch Event)
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    Upcoming events for Shifting Lines

    Immerse yourself for 20 minutes in a dynamic multimedia installation. The shifting nature of the North Norfolk coast is evoked through the subtle choreography of voice, natural sounds, video, photography and sensor data. Then take Mona Arshi’s striking new set of poems out into the landscape.

    When

    From 22nd May to 30th May

    11:00- 15:00 EVERY DAY
    CLICK 'BOOK NOW' FOR MORE DETAILS

    Where

    Cley and Salthouse Marshes

    Cley Marshes Visitor Centre, Coast Rd, Cley next the Sea NR25 7SA

    Shifting Lines (Cley)

Credits

Mona Arshi

Writer

Dr Jos Smith

UEA Lead

Peter Cusack

Field Recording

Sandy Nuttgens

Sound Engineering

Matthew Usher

Photography and Video

Simon Poulter

Sound Installation

Sophie Mellor

Software Development

David Fieldhouse

Cley Community Engagement Officer

Tim Wright

Executive Producer

Venue Partner

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest and one of the largest of 46 wildlife trusts in the UK. Our principal objects are to advance the conservation of wildlife and wild places in Norfolk for public benefit and to advance the education of the public in the principles and practices of sustainable development. NWT is responsible for over 50 nature reserves and helps advise on 1300 other protected sites. NWT’s flagship nature reserve at Cley Marshes was acquired in 1926 and today is regarded by Sir David Attenborough as one of his top 10 sites for wildlife.