Silent Cacophony 11th November 2013
Locations across London, Margate, Nottinghamshire and Internationally Duration: one day
For 2013 remembrance, Platform-7’s annual signature event focused on the silence perceived during war. Hugely ambitious, the event had some of the county’s leading cutting edge artists and prestigious universities participating and took place in multiple locations across London and around the world.
Through both World Wars, Britain faced aerial attacks aimed at the civilian population that killed many and had a psychological intention. The first of these attacks, in 1915, was by Zeppelins, huge airships filled with hydrogen that could fly up to 50mph over long distances and, at cruising height with cloud cover, could barely be heard from the ground. The Zeppelin assaults created terror amongst the population, as often, only when bombs began exploding were people first aware of an attack. As Hitler’s war faltered in 1945, he resorted to trying to recreate this terror with his highly advanced V2 rockets, which could travel great distance before silently falling on a random target.
For 2013 Remembrance Day Platform-7 created a series of performances, financially supported by Arts Council England, SHM Foundation and Queen Mary, University of London in locations that became casualties of these attacks. Performance interventions of various art forms suddenly appeared throughout Monday 11th November, representing the sudden explosions and randomness of these events. Each performance told the story of its own particular location, as if the memory were being conveyed by the place itself rather than a person. Our media partner for the event was the Londonist.