Are you trying to send me a message?
The process of deciphering the family code penned in secret by Emma’s grandad Roy until his death in 2007, begins with Partial Breaks #1 which investigates numerical music notation as a possible cryptographic key.
Working with musical collaborator and classically trained pianist Ciara Haidar, alongside a second line of enquiry into genetic memory, Partial Breaks #1 explores the urge to discover secrets that’s deeply ingrained in human nature; even the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge withheld from others.
Emma, by coincidence, once lived in a building in Margate that her father thinks he remembers being taken to as a child by his father, Roy.
He was too young to remember why.
Presented as an experimental work-in-progress at Resort Project Space, the environment and events held during Partial Breaks #1 were designed to gage public reaction to the code and ways in which it could be approached as a subject matter. Visitors were invited to read through workings-out and play the code as music themselves.
Photographs by Gabrielle Hall.
Sound played by Ciara Haidar and produced by Mike Moore.