Cervia Sound Installation by Filipe Gomes
Listen to how sound can be used to awaken a dormant space. For decades the Cervia steam tug has been a permanent and prominent feature of Ramsgate Harbour, captivating visitors with her rich history and unique mechanical features. As a working vessel, Cervia has sailed the world and has risen to fame for being the very last commercially operated steam tug. Since her decommission the vessel has remained at Ramsgate Harbour in an unseaworthy condition, despite the incredible efforts of her restoration volunteers.
In 2011, Filipe Gomes (a local resident and artist) decided to embark on a journey that would bring the Cervia back to life sonically. Over the course of a year, Filipe travelled the world and worked with past crew members in an attempt to gain a detailed understanding of what the vessel sounded like when she was functioning. What Filipe discovered was just how reliant on sound the crew was; they depended on rhythm of the engine, the flow of steam, the sonic codes of the horns and whistles. The whole boat and its’ components are a complex variety of sonic experiences.
Like the engine itself, Filipe’s installation is a finely tuned and synchronised sound work, meaning that each sound and it’s origin has a cause and effect. For example, if the boiler burns hotter, all the components attached to it expand sonically; from the engine cycles increasing to the sea running under the Hull rising in velocity. You can literally hear the bubbles under your feet and the wind through the windows above.
Each installation performance lasts approximately 30 minutes and is open to the public at the following times:
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th:
Places for each performance are limited so please arrive with plenty of time to avoid disappointment.
Due to the nature of the boat access is restricted and audience members should be prepared to climb up and down very steep stairs. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unfortunately, the installation is not suitable for individuals with mobility restrictions.