Premiered: 15 – 18 April 2010: Abbey Brauweiller, Cologne, Streams Festival
“A little shriller are the tones in “Swarmlings” by James Hullick. Small electro-motors knock on sound bowls, pluck on a violin, and make cardboard rasp. The Australian brought the motors with him, with most of the other objects originating from Brauweiler. He obtained cartons, purchased transparent sheets at the hardware store and a member of the Friends of Brauweiler provided a mirror. All this was incorporated into an installation that will continuously change over the coming days.” Jürgensonn, Ulla. 2010. A Feast for the Eyes and Ears. Kölnische Rundschau, 16 April, 2010.
Constructed out of fluorescent lights, wood and cardboard, wigs, mixed media and hardware sourced from the town of Brauweiller, Germany, the improvised sculptural form of the work was improvisationally reconfigured throughout it’s installation. The work consisted of small sound machines from Melbourne. The work was sacrificially burnt at the end of the installation and in a small celebration with the people of Brauveiller. The work abstractly referenced the religious heritage of the town of Brauveiller.
The work was presented as part of the Streams Music Festival, which also included a segment from James Hullick’s Bruchlandung chamber opera.