Longplayer, December 2020

2020, The Buying Time Cabinet, The Longplayer Assembly, Sonic Ray, 2021

As 2020 draws to a close we wish you all the best for the new year ahead. 2020 was to have seen several events marking Longplayer’s first 20 years but due to the pandemic only The Longplayer Assembly took place. All conversations are online, details below. We hope that Sonic Ray and Longplayer Day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park will happen in 2021.

This year, for the first time, due to government restrictions, there will be no gathering on the 31st December at the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf to mark Longplayer’s new year. We invite people to listen to Longplayer at 12 noon GMT wherever they are. Please post any images, thoughts and wishes, with the hashtag #LP21. We look forward to a global decentralised celebration.

The lighthouse will be closed until further notice, please check the website for updates. You can still listen to Longplayer at any time, either through our live-stream on the website or offline through our iOS app.

The Buying Time Cabinet

Buying Time is a way in which you can support Longplayer, sponsoring a day of your choice. We are now inviting everyone who buys time to display an object of their choice in the Buying Time Cabinet, installed in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it will be part of the Longplayer Listening Post, open each weekend.

The Buying Time Cabinet takes the form of a calendar, with each day of the year represented by a 5cm x 5cm x 5cm cubic space. 

If you already have a day in your name please send your selection, anything that will fit within a 5 centimetre cube, to Longplayer c/o Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JW. Or you may choose to leave your space in the Cabinet empty in which case we will mark it with your chosen date.

And if not, please consider sponsoring a day, for yourself or someone else. A wonderful gift if you are wondering what to give someone this Christmas. Longplayer relies on the generosity of its supporters to keep playing - if everyday were to be sponsored it would give Longplayer the money it needs for one year. And the cabinet would be full of wonders.

The Longplayer Assembly, online, everywhere

On the 26th September Artangel presented The Longplayer Assembly, in association with the London Review of Books, bringing together 24 distinct voices from around the world in an exchange of ideas about our times; past, present and future. The 12-hour long conversation was streamed live online and introduced by Ansuman Biswas.
The speakers were John Akomfrah, Naomi Alderman, Laurie Anderson, Rupert Beale, Holly Jean Buck, Meehan Crist, Brian Eno, Saul Griffith, Janna Levin, Precious Lunga, Vibeke Mascini, Mariana Mazzucato, Mulindwa Moses, Catalina Ortiz, Will Prentice, Alexander Rose, Sukhdev Sandhu, Jacqueline Springer, Amia Srinivasan, Helen Thompson, Eyal Weizman, Farhana Yamin and Theodore Zeldin 
The Longplayer Assembly can be seen in its entirety here and here. If you prefer to watch individual conversations they can be found on Vimeo and YouTube.

Sonic Ray: Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse and Slice of Reality, 2021 dates t.b.c.

Sonic Ray, a new artwork by Jem Finer produced by Artangel, will transmit the sound of Longplayer, encoded in a beam of light, from Trinity Buoy Wharf lighthouse, across the Thames, to Richard Wilson’s Slice of Reality. Visitors will be able to visit both sites, more information soon.

We send you season’s greetings and wish you a healthy and happy 2021.