Musicity x Low Line

Walking piece details

*free leaflets with maps are available from Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and Blue Bermondsey offices*

Musicity x Low Line has commissioned 15 tracks from a diverse selection of artists which highlight the sonic landscape along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey.

Musicity works collaboratively across the disciplines of architecture, music, acoustic engineering and virtual reality (VR) to lay out alternative routes of experiencing contemporary cities. The interface it creates between architecture and music aims to reveal the intimate depth nestled in the acoustic qualities of our urban landscapes.

The Low Line will be a new walking destination for London, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey. It will connect diverse neighbourhoods and communities along the length of the mighty Victorian viaducts in south London, creating new hubs of creativity, entertainment, and industry along its course. It celebrates the heritage of the railway arches, shaping places of interest along the way and unlocking their potential.

Among the buildings, streets and spaces along the Low Line being given their own soundtrack are Old Union Yard Arches (a new stretch of the Low Line, featuring the Union Theatre, the Spanish Theatre Company’s Cervantes Theatre and the Africa Centre), Ewer Street (a secret part of Bankside just a stone’s throw from Tate Modern), Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Vinegar Yard, The Biscuit Factory, Underdog Gallery and London Bridge Station.

Full list of artists and their chosen Low Line locations:

Lola de la Mata – Old Union Yard Arches
Thomas Stone – Ewer Street
Szjerdene – Wardens Grove
The Memory Band – Flat Iron Square
Nabihah Iqbal aka Throwing Shade – Borough Market
Lossy – Southwark Cathedral
Suitman Jungle – London Bridge Station
William Doyle – The Shard
Gestalt – Vinegar Yard
Chihiro Ono – Bermondsey Street Tunnel
Tom Szirtes – Holyrood Street
Erland Cooper – Underdog Gallery
James Alec Hardy – Druid Street Wildflower Meadow
Frog Morris – Blue Bermondsey
Cunning Folk – Biscuit Factory

Musicity team: Nick Luscombe, Solen Fluzin, Paul Bavister.

With the participation of UCL Interactive Architecture Lab students: Chris, Tabita and Qianhua.

Musicity x Low Line is commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and Blue Bermondsey in association with London Festival of Architecture.

Review of this project in The Guardian.

Near Southwark, UK

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