Something special for Valentine’s Day – Beacons of Love
Tune into Love under Lockdown this Valentine’s Day – “Beacons of Love” digital artwork beams love songs straight to your heart.
You might not be together with loved ones on Valentine’s Day this year, but you can still make a date to tune into love under lockdown. You are invited to experience a digital audio artwork for your ears only: a chorus of love songs transmitted directly to GPS co-ordinates of your choice in the UK.
On 14th February, Bristol’s Action Hero are bringing their international audio project Oh Europa directly to you, via the free Oh Europa app. It is possible to sign up from today (1 Feb) until 11 Feb to register as a “Beacon” for the Valentine’s Day event, https://beaconsoflove.
Originally presented as part of Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment programme in 2018, the company spent 6 months travelling in their van recording love songs, sung by ordinary people across Europe. It’s an archive of over 1000 songs in 46 different languages, sung by people aged 1 to 100.
You can listen to the songs on your daily exercise route, in your garden or even on your sofa via a location-specific audio hotspot which will broadcast voices singing with sentiments of love, heartbreak and longing. Your location, your choice!
When you sign up, Action Hero will send you an email containing everything you need to know about joining in on Valentine’s Day. It’ll include a link to a form to fill in with instructions about how to register your location. Your personal audio hotspot will be activated to begin its broadcast on Valentine’s Day, and will beam love songs directly to you for one day only.
This Valentine’s Day, love will travel across the airwaves to provide solace, comfort and a beacon of hope in dark times.
‘Beacons of Love’ is part a collection of works called Oh Europa which includes the 8 hour-long performance RadiOh Europa and the micro-installation postcards from the edge. Oh Europa was co-produced with Farnham Maltings, co-commissioned by Transform, Matchbox, Farnham Maltings. Supported by Watershed and the Pervasive Media Studio.