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.

www.lakesalive.co.uk

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.

The Artists

  • Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
    Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
  • Jacob Polley
    Jacob Polley
  • Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
    Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
  • Jacob Polley
    Jacob Polley
  • Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
    Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
  • Jacob Polley
    Jacob Polley
Voices
Paul : Joe Dixon
Xin : Wendy Kweh

Recording

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

To Travel and To Matter ABOUT Walk With Me Strijbos Van Rijswijk

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s collective body of work is a combines electro acoustic compositions and spatial elements, design and innovative music technology. The composers seek out the zones where different disciplines meet and intersect. Their site-specific performances, installations and innovative technology which transforms the listener into an active participant has earned them an award winning international reputation. They developed the Walk With Me platform to support their vision which breaks down the relationship between artist and listener.
www.strijbosvanrijswijk.com

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. His novel, Talk of the Town, which was set in and around Carlisle, won the Somerset Maugham Award, and his fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry.  Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song. His dramatic work includes short films, radio scripts, sound installations and collaborative musical work, most recently ‘Lamanby’ for BBC Radio 4 and the short ‘imaginative documentary’, ‘Keeping House’
www.jacobpolley.com/news

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

To Travel and To Matter ABOUT Walk With Me Strijbos Van Rijswijk

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s collective body of work is a combines electro acoustic compositions and spatial elements, design and innovative music technology. The composers seek out the zones where different disciplines meet and intersect. Their site-specific performances, installations and innovative technology which transforms the listener into an active participant has earned them an award winning international reputation. They developed the Walk With Me platform to support their vision which breaks down the relationship between artist and listener.
www.strijbosvanrijswijk.com

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. His novel, Talk of the Town, which was set in and around Carlisle, won the Somerset Maugham Award, and his fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry.  Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song. His dramatic work includes short films, radio scripts, sound installations and collaborative musical work, most recently ‘Lamanby’ for BBC Radio 4 and the short ‘imaginative documentary’, ‘Keeping House’
www.jacobpolley.com/news

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

To Travel and To Matter ABOUT Walk With Me Strijbos Van Rijswijk

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s collective body of work is a combines electro acoustic compositions and spatial elements, design and innovative music technology. The composers seek out the zones where different disciplines meet and intersect. Their site-specific performances, installations and innovative technology which transforms the listener into an active participant has earned them an award winning international reputation. They developed the Walk With Me platform to support their vision which breaks down the relationship between artist and listener.
www.strijbosvanrijswijk.com

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. His novel, Talk of the Town, which was set in and around Carlisle, won the Somerset Maugham Award, and his fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry.  Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song. His dramatic work includes short films, radio scripts, sound installations and collaborative musical work, most recently ‘Lamanby’ for BBC Radio 4 and the short ‘imaginative documentary’, ‘Keeping House’
www.jacobpolley.com/news