The Sound of Somebody Changing Their Mind is a multimedia installation created by Leicester-born artist Beth Kettel, expanding from her experimental video, A Bang, A Bomb, A Lie And A Band That Stands For Something Else. Kettel worked with Leicester-based musicians, vocalists and dancers to bring together a series of diverse music styles, gestural movements and objects based on and bought from Leicester’s Cultural Quarter past and present.
The installation includes a new edit of the video screened as a multichannel display – expanding ideas in meaning-making, perspective, foreground & background and composition. Isolated stems in the music form songs; individual gestures form dances; objects form ‘still-life’ compositions; words form lyrics and patterns move from object to costume to backdrop.
With a dynamic dexterity in language, pattern and movement, the work features objects, backdrops and costumes designed and assembled by Kettel, bringing together music, objects and video to form non-linear, multi-layered narratives.
Video: Written, directed & edited by Beth Kettel
With special thanks to: Vocal: Asher, Jafro, Andy Jenkinson, Starboy SunSun | Dance & Gesture: Satya-Sara Khachik, Danni Spooner, Scarlett Turner, Alice Kettel | Filming: Reece Straw | Sound: Tom Rose, Andy Jenkinson | Sound Studio: HQ recording studio | Installation Technical Support: Andrew Johnston
The original video was commissioned by Phoenix in 2018, in collaboration with the Art & Screen Network, Institute of Contemporary Arts.
This exhibition is part of Leicester Art Week, a festival of visual art taking place across Leicester in November.