Resonant Tails

Children with PMLD make their own, sophisticated, voice, vibration and light art. Their voices, and their amazing voice-ings, drive the experience. They hear themselves echoed back by a kind of vocal/audio intensive interaction, enhanced by light and touch responses to the sounds they make. With their own decisions about the sounds they make, they create beautiful tapestries of performance experience. The installation permits them to access this experience regularly and continually deepen their relationship with their own creative power.
Children at Rosewood – and children with PMLD – are exceptional vocal improvisers. Their voices tell ‘stories’. Their sounds are unique and beautiful. We worked with Children at Rosewood and explored the beautiful narratives they make from their vocal sound. We wanted to create a mobile environment that they could explore, enjoy and create with, regularly.
Resonant Tails is now in situ at Rosewood Free School, Southampton. We are working toward rolling out more Resonant Tails to other schools and spaces where children with PMLD can have access to them.
Rosewood Free School believes children with PMLD are creative and dynamic and deserve wonderful artistic experiences of which they are the co-authors. Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme and the University of Winchester support this elan.
Resonant Tails was imagined by Yvon Bonenfant with support from our digital and audio artist Kingsley Ash. Object design and surface finishing was by Julien Masson, and the maker of our beautiful sculptural object is furniture artisan Damian Head. Laser etching and cutting was supported by donations of time from Peter Glynn-Jones of the University of Southampton.

Resonant Tails is a work for children and young adults with profound and multiple learning disability. We are developing and refining this work with our partners Rosewood Free School, Southampton. 

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