Sbarbi's Arrow is screening as part of the one-day festival "Fort Process" at Newhaven Fort, in Sussex on the 3rd September. The 22 minute animated film is built around an (almost) unedited field recording capturing a moment in the procession of Jesús Despojado during Seville's Semana Santa. Originally installed at London's Soundfjord gallery in 2013, as part of a solo exhibition of the same name.
2am Lunes Santo (Holy Monday) of 2015, in the Plaza del Museo (Seville): Four years on, I find myself back here, awaiting in the same corner of the square where in the darkness we filmed what would turn out to be Pepe Peregil's last saetas in public, before his untimely death on January 27th 2012. For a number of reasons it has taken this long to complete production on this film, and the images captured this year documenting the arrival of Cristo de la Expiración and the Virgen de las Aguas arriving "home" to the Plaza del Museo, will be the last before post-production begins this year.
Listen to a selection of saetas (a cappella flamenco prayer, typically sung during the Easter processions of Andalucia) sung during Lent 2015 at an event at the church of Santa Ana in Triana (Seville).
The recordings form part of an ongoing and open-ended study of Seville's Semana Santa (Holy Week) since 2006, outputs of which include Sbarbi's Arrow and a permanent collection of audio and audiovisual recordings at the British Library (visit sami.bl.uk/ and enter the collection number C1338, also see British Library music blog).