William Mackrell’s Gaps, glitches and speed bumps - Schedule and Performance Route

 

For the culmination of his 2015 AMBULATORY Sculpture Shock residency William Mackrell presented Gaps, glitches and speed bumps, a performance that attempted to activate the potential of ‘Ambulatory’ as site-specific language from a live and nomadic setting on London’s bus network. Born out of Mackrell's research into French cultural theorist Paul Virilio, Gaps, glitches and speed bumps responded to everyday rhythms of journeying by bus through London with a focus on the mechanics of travel that pass through and around the body. From Thursday 10 September - Sunday 13 September 2015 between 11:30am - 4.15pm unsuspecting passengers of the number 9 bus were met by professional singers each with a different vocal approach, spanning blues, classical, operatic and electronic improvisations who have been invited to make a sound response from inside the bus, absorbing the fluctuating airflow and reverberations of travel. These vocal responses also considered the automated voice of the onboard loudspeaker in relation to the singers’, the momentum of travel and the disruption to this flow by traffic lights and sudden shifts whilst negotiating immediate street activity. 

Running in parallel to this, Mackrell drew a line that maped the movement of the journey. The series of automatic drawings recorded the swerves and jumps of the bus as a composition made over music score paper, which was manipulated from its commonly linear format into a circular form. Mackrell chose this structure to consider the spherical nature of sound as a three-dimensional and surround experience. All 30 of the automatic drawings completed in the run up to and during the performance are avalible to purchase here

The performance was seen by thousands of people over the four days of the performance and was featured online by the BBC

The full performance timetable can be seen below:

Wednesday 9 September 2015 

6:30 - 9pm, Opening, 108 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA

7.15pm, Preview Performance, Onslow Gardens Bus Stop GD No. 430 Bus

Performances by Eva Abraham, Natasha Elliot, Natalie Galpern & Leo Loebenburg

Thursday 10 September - Sunday 13 September 2015; 11.30am-4.30pm daily, Route No.9, Aldwych – Hammersmith 

Thursday September 10th, Route No.9

Performances by: Eva Abraham & Natalie Galpern

Friday September 11th, Route No.9
Performances by: Natasha Elliot & Leo Loebenberg 

Thursday & Friday Departure times:
11.53am departs Aldwych (Somerset House Stop R) 
1.04pm departs Hammersmith (Bus Station Stop F) 
2.15pm departs Aldwych (Somerset House Stop R) 
3.22pm departs Hammersmith (Bus Station Stop F) 

Saturday 12th September, Route No.9
Performances by: Eva Abraham & Leo Loebenberg

Saturday Departure times:
12.03am departs Aldwych (Somerset House Stop R) 
1.06pm departs Hammersmith (Bus Station Stop F) 
2.09pm departs Aldwych (Somerset House Stop R) 
3.12pm departs Hammersmith (Bus Station Stop F) 

Sunday 13th September, Route No.9
Performances by: Eva Abraham & Natasha Elliot

Sunday Departures times:
11.55am departs Aldwych (Somerset House Stop R) 
12.55pm departs Hammersmith (Bus Station Stop F) 
2.05pm departs Aldwych (Somerset House Stop R) 
3.15pm departs Hammersmith (Bus Station Stop F)