Research Actions

EC Davies’ Arts Council funded research and development project ‘Sharing Passions’ began in June 2015 with Berlin Pop Choir.  These Donthinklove events have evolved over the last four years with audience exchanges in which over 800 people have participated as part of Davies’ events and exhibitions in Berlin, London, NewcastleMiddlesbrough and Durham.

Recently Davies worked with 7 choirs and 360 singers in Berlin, Gateshead and Middlesbrough. Individual lines of song lyrics were collected from choir members form their familiar repertoires. The new cut up sequences of individual lines were reassembled in the order they were given to form new combinations, and perspectives, revealing passions and messages that highlight a shared resonance in human emotion. Davies uses these lyrics as starting points for new works that include audio, animation, textile and moving image.

Further developments took place at gallery spaces with choir members in the UK and Germany. The emphasis of these sessions was to explore ideas of exchange and transformation in a playful way over tea and cakes. People made their own cut up poems and took part in audio recording sessions reading lyrics word by word from a karaoke style autocue animation. These recordings are being transformed into soundscapes that will accompany performative gestural video actions for future exhibtions.

Gallery Events

Vane (Newcastle upon Tyne)
'You're picture perfect blue', from 'Boom Clap' written by by Charli XCX
with Silver Choir singers from Gateshead (for photos click here ).

Platform-A (Middlesbrough)
'THE EARTH WITHOUT ART IS JUST, EH' from 'EARTHIZEN' written by Ridenhour, Gary G-Wiz, DJ Lord, Public Enemy
with singers from Methodist Asylum Project Choir (MAP), Middlesbrough and Middlesbrough Town Hall Community Choir (for photos click here). 

rosalux (Berlin)
'I'm sticking with you,' from 'I'm sticking with you' written by Lou Reed, Velvet Underground
with Berlin Pop Choir and Berlin Pop Ensemble (for photos click here).

Thank you to all the singers from the choirs (listed below). A special thanks to Lyndsey Cockwell, Emily Smith, David Pisaro, Julia Plastino, Ailsa Adamson and galleries: Vane (Newcastle upon Tyne), Platform-A (Middlesbrough) and rosalux (Berlin).

Berlin Pop Choir, Monster Ronson’s Karaoke Berlin (June 2015)
Berlin Pop Ensemble, Funkhaus, Berlin (June 2015)
Silversmiths, Gateshead Old Town Hall, Sage, Gateshead (June 2015)
Silver Divas, Gateshead Old Town Hall, Sage, Gateshead (June 2015)
Opera d'argento, Gateshead Old Town Hall, Sage, Gateshead (June 2015)
Middlesbrough Town Hall Community Choir, Middlesbrough (June 2015)
Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) Choir, Middlesbrough (June/July 2015)