Mesopotamian Mud: A Journey through Voice and Vessel

A year ago we had planned a walk together through Cambridge for you to experience the story of the enchanted pot. It was due to take place 2 days before the first lockdown. Needless to say it did not happen. A year later, as part of the Cambridge Festival, we have prepared an audio guide (30 minutes) for you to listen to out walking wherever you are. It is as if the pot has broken into fragments as we try to communicate from a distance, and via online platforms, in constantly changing circumstances. Something else is evolving from the process…

Audio Walk (listen here…)

Listening suggestions

We invite you to listen as you walk, as if attending to a series of narrations and performances which ebb and flow. It is best to listen with head phones even if you are not walking. Your walk may be rural or urban, but you may wish to choose a route with minimal roads to cross to enable a focus on the sound.

If you are unable to walk you might make yourself comfortable and close your eyes or glance through the gallery of photos while you listen. Perhaps imagine yourself walking.

You may wish to hold or imagine holding a piece of wet earth or clay, a clay vessel or fragment of a pot.

Listen with your whole body whilst you tread on the earth in your own story. Take your walk wherever you choose. The audio will include sections in both English and Arabic. You may become aware of many layers of stories, senses and sounds as you walk or imagine walking.

Everyone will experience their walk differently and we would love to hear about what your walk evoked for you.