About the Project
A Meeting Place | 会议地点 is a sound art project based on oral histories from the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art's archive, in which interviewees talk of their migrant experience, their identities as people of Chinese heritage living in the UK, memories of Manchester’s Chinatown and Chinese festivals, and CFCCA's first venue on Charlotte Street. This work, created by Hayley Suviste, sonically animates the content of the archive, bringing to life the hidden histories and images within and inviting new audiences and communities to engage with these stories.
Listeners can uncover these stories, alongside field recordings and composed music, by exploring this website. Simply select a topic via the side menu and click play on the inbuilt audio player. This project also exists as an audio-locative soundwalk. To take part, download the Echoes app for free and walk around Chinatown to uncover the sounds and stories of the communities who live and work there.
Headphone listening is recommended as the audio has been mixed in binaural audio, which places sounds around the listener's head in a 360-degree sphere - providing a fully immersive experience.
Hayley Suviste is a sound artist and composer who works with archival recordings, field recordings, electronic hardware and live instrumentation to create long-form pieces, sonic installations, and multimedia art projects. From her background in Electroacoustic Composition, Hayley has established a unique sound art practice through which she explores topics of community, cultural identity, and heritage. Inspired by the rich tradition of oral history, she creates intimate sonic explorations of voice and space which animate broader sociohistorical themes. These themes are woven together through dynamic compositional techniques, utilising multichannel, ambisonic and binaural formats to actively immerse and engage communities.