An army of ceramic warriors lies in wait, wounded, amputated and punctured. These warriors have travelled the country being sung into by different choirs in Edinburgh (Rhubaba Choir), Oxford and Cardiff. The Jug Choir is an unfolding sonic experiment that evolves with each set of singers who come to the jugs.
The Jug Choir
The Jug Choir explores the materiality of object and sound drawing on a rich history of jugs being used as musical instruments, from country blues jug bands to the psychedelic rock of the 13th Floor Elevators. Each ceramic vessel bears the face of a bearded man, referencing Bellermine Jugs of the 16th century that were used as common household objects. During the Witch Hunts of the 17th Century these jugs were transformed into 'Witches Bottles', a form of sympathetic magic used to ward off evil. A kind of voodoo ensued as the body of the male vessel was filled with urine, bent nails and votive cloth hearts, hoping to cause pain to any ‘witch’ that posed a threat. The Jug Choir uses the 'Witches Bottles' as a vehicle to explore notions of gender and hysteria through the lens of war. This insurgent army’s sonic journey considers how ritual is embedded in acts of violence.