Mesopotamian Mud: A Journey through Voice and Vessel

We invite you to experience the story of the enchanted pot – by walking, listening, sensing and watching. Our initial intention was a walk together in Cambridge, UK in March 2020. Needless to say it could not happen.

A year later, as part of the Cambridge Festival, we prepared an audio guide that could be listened to by anyone walking anywhere.

A third rendition of the walk reconfigures the audio and introduces visual elements to create a compelling film.

During this time of uncertainty it was as if the pot has broken into fragments. We communicate from a distance, in constantly changing circumstances, re-adjusting and remixing in response to the flux of limitations and possibilities. Something unexpected has evolved from the process…

Audio Walk (listen here…)

*This latest remix of our audio walk was composed and created by William Crosby. Please enjoy the video version at YouTube (or below). An earlier version of our audio walk can be found at SoundCloud.

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.

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.