Sarah Sparkes and Ian Thompson
The Cosmic Pond
Sparkes & Thompson will create sonifications of the invisible, interacting forces that connect space and time in and around the North Pennines Observatory. The adjacent reservoir will be transformed into the Cosmic Pond, where aquatic lifeforms can be heard responding to the celestial rhythm of the dark skies above. They will also invite visitors to join them in collecting data, sounds, images and narratives from various locations around Allenheads.
Full Moon at The Cosmic Pond
29 May, 19.00 – 22.30
Experience sounds of nature under a full moon.
Visit the North Penines Observatory where artists Sarah Sparkes and Ian Thompson will introduce you to their project, The Cosmic Pond, an exploration of the soundscapes around and within Allenheads reservoir. Discover the influence of the lunar cycle on the natural world and the moon's significance in myth and folklore. There will also be an opportunity to make your own recordings , including underwater sounds with the aid of hydrophones.
Equipment provided. Suitable for adults and children 12 or over accompanied by adults. There will be some walking on uneven ground so wear walking shoes/ boots or wellingtons.
Sunset to Sunrise at the Cosmic Pond
2 June 20.00 – 3 June 7.00
Experience the changing soundscapes around Allenheads reservoir at sunset, through the night and again at dawn.
Artists Sarah Sparkes and Ian Thompson will introduce their project The Cosmic Pond, an exploration of the soundscapes around Allenheads reservoir. You can make your own recordings or relax on the observatory deck listening to live underwater sound from the reservoir. You will also have an opportunity to explore the North Pennines Observatory and learn about tracking the night sky.
Join us at sunset and stay all through the night for an unforgettable experience star gazing and Cosmic Pond listening at the North Pennines Observatory. There will be a Cosmic breakfast for those who make it until dawn.
Equipment provided. Suitable for adults and children 12 or over accompanied by adults. There will be some walking on uneven ground so wear walking shoes/ boots or wellingtons. You are welcome to bring a small tent or pop up shelter .