Saturday, 26 April 2014

You Know Where to Find Me

This song deserves a whole blog post. And an explanation.

About two years ago, I went to London Festival of Architecture and attended several talks and events. One talk in particular really stuck with me - the architect David Kohn spoke about his competition-winning project,  A Room For London. The brief was to create a temporary building to sit on top of the Southbank Centre with extraordinary views over the River Thames. Architect David Kohn, along with artist Fiona Banner were inspired by Joseph Conrad's book Heart Of Darkness to design this incredible boat for the competition, as if it were moored by high tide.


As if the boat design itself wasn't awesome enough, this space was designed with a purpose. Artists would be invited to spend a night in the boat, to write stories, poems, songs about whatever inspired them during their time there.

Fast forward a couple of years, I was researching into this project once more as I was reading up before my architecture interviews and I came across one of the artists who was invited to the boat: Imogen Heap! I think her music is divine, and this song has such a beautiful charm and sentiment to it.


The song was based on the river always being there through everything, but I think it applies nicely to people too. If you're as interested in this song as I am, you can hear Imogen Heap speak about it here for forty five minutes. It's worth it.

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'Little Bird' by Imogen Heap

10 comments:

  1. Wow I love that building, and the concept even more. It'd be crazy to see all the things artists come up with in the boat.

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    1. I know it is such an amazing and inspiring space right!xx

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  2. This is hands-down one of the coolest architecture projects I've seen! Having read "Heart of Darkness" in high school last year, it's one of, surprisingly, my favorite books. The boat is truly exquisite, and I can definitely imagine it in wandering down the rivers of Africa's interior. How awesome was it for writers, artists, ect to get to spend a night there and write about their experience. I definitely wouldn't mind doing that ;)

    I'm so glad to have discovered your lovely blog Joanna! :-) Your blog posts are so rich and well-written, and I can't wait to read the rest of your works!

    ♥♥♥
    Kelsey
    Runaway In LA

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    1. Thank you so much Kelsey, such a lovely comment to find on my blog!! I love the project too and I'm glad you understand it's background too!xx

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  3. ah no way, this is wicked! i love imogen heap :) xx

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  4. lovely blog :)
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  5. Oh wow, that song is gorgeous--the piano, her voice, the lyrics. I'm smitten. I figure, since this is my first visit to your blog, that I may as well add you've got quite a lovely blog here! :)

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    1. Aw thank you Carly, it's so lovely to hear you like the blog! Love love love the song, I'm glad you share my appreciationxx

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