On Remembrance Day this November a series of performances across London will ask how we construct our opinions on war and conflict. The events do not ask whether people are pro- or anti-war, only how we came to form our opinions.
Named Silent Cacophony, the cross-London event on Monday 11 November will explore how silence can bring contrasting perception during conflict, sometimes providing relief and other times instilling fear. A number of professional artists will work with local people in locations hit by Zeppelin and V-rocket attacks during the two World Wars.
The event ties in with the maps of these attacks previously published on Londonist, and we’ll be acting as media partner. We hope Silent Cacophony will elicit further eye-witness accounts of the events and their consequences, to add to the many stories already collected on our V-2 rocket map. Other partners include Queen Mary, University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London, SHM-Foundation and arts organisations around London.
Silent Cacophony is organised by Platform-7 who, since 2009, have created live performances during Remembrance Week. Previous initiatives have included performances in cemeteries during darkness. In 2012, a simultaneous performance across numerous London Underground stations and the disused Eurostar terminal at Waterloo on Remembrance Sunday, explored how European society of 1913 could walk blindly into World War One.
If you’re interested in learning more about this project, finding your nearest performance or becoming a supporting partner, you can contact Platform-7 here or subscribe for updates. In the meantime, here’s an intro video to set the scene.