To Travel and To Matter has been commissioned by Lakes Alive 2017 to celebrate the World Heritage inscription awarded to the Lake District National Park by UNESCO in July this year, focused on the theme of CULTURAL LANDSCAPES – the category for the World Heritage inscription.
The lakes, forests and mountains of the Lake District inspired the Romantic poets and is the birthplace of an innovative global conservation movement. A ‘cultural landscape’ is associated with universally important ideas about the relationship of humans with landscape and about models of conservation and well being.
Lakes Alive aims to reflect the history, arts and culture of the Lake District and provide opportunities for a deeper and richer partnership with artists to explore and share both the landscape and the history of people in it.
To Travel and To Matter is an international collaboration between award winning Dutch composers Strijbos & Van Rijswijk and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley. The piece was created as they walked the fells, designing the walk, recording sounds and atmospheres, and finding by chance objects en route.
Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s walkscapes are present across the world, in locations including Paris, Istanbul, New York and Glasgow. Using GPS technology to superimpose site-specific compositions, natural sounds and narrative onto the surroundings, they invite audiences to choose their own path and tempo to create their own soundtrack.