Love Thy Neighbour
Museum of Religious Art, Lemvig, Denmark
18 January – 17 May

As part of her residency in the Department of Overlooked Histories Emma Smith composed a new bell ringing composition: Bourn Bounds Bob Major in collaboration with the Bourn ringers and experts from Cambridge University.

Emma Smith Campanologia

Exploring the history of ringing as a mode of communication, Smith mapped the mathematical diagram of a traditional method used by the church’s ringers onto the geographic area over which the sound could be heard. Using the thoroughfares and byways of the village of Bourn to dictate the composition Smith then converted this geographic map back into sound, creating a sonic rendering of the landscape over which the sound could be heard. The composition takes a journey from the bell tower, down all village roads, to the extent of the parish boundary. The resulting composition incorporates a series of transitions in order to be played in accordance with the practice of change ringing. The score was rung in Bourn church as a public performance on Saturday 12 November 2012. To accompany the performance Smith also created a set of handchimes, courtesy of Whitechapel Bell Foundry, to tonally match the bells in Bourn Church. These are presented in an oak chest which has the score engraved on its lid. This work was exhibited at Wysing Arts Centre along with a limited edition print of the score, available to take away for free from the gallery. The gallery based work is currently shown as part of the group exhibition Love Thy Neighbour 18 January – 17 May 2015 at the Museum of Religious Art, Lemvig, Denmark.