The Organ of Corti
THE ORGAN OF CORTI gets ready to move on. The Organ of Corti has been a feature in the grounds at Poltimore House for nearly two years. Now we are preparing to say farewell to it, and its creators, Liminal (Frances Crow and David Prior) are preparing it for recycling. Please contact Frances Crow (details below) if you would like to give it - or part of it - a new home.
PRESS RELEASE: 28 March 2013
Organ of Corti to be recycled.
Organ of Corti, by Liminal, an experimental instrument that recycles the noise of road
traffic or falling water, is now to be recycled itself.
Award winning artwork, Organ of Corti has been hosted by Poltimore House for 2
years since the end of Organ of Corti’s successful national summer tour in 2011. Organ
of Corti was the winner of the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Award 2010
and following its tour in 2011, went on to receive the John Connell Innovation
Award 2011, an Honorary Mention at the internationally acclaimed Prix Ars
Electronica 2011 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Phonurgia Nova Awards, France.
It was originally designed as a temporary structure, to last the 3-month period of the
tour, but was granted a new lease of life as a ‘Folly to Sound’ on the great lawn at
Poltimore House, where it has framed the listening experience of many visitors to
It has now come to the point in Organ of Corti’s life where the weathering of the
timber base has made it unsustainable to continue maintaining the structure in its
existing form and location. At the end of May 2013, Organ of Corti will be dismantled
and its elements will be reused or recycled as they were always intended to be.
If you do have use for 1 or 96, 3.5m long acrylic tubes, or if you are interested in
by 31 May 2013.
Liminal are architect Frances Crow and sound artist, composer David Prior. Through their art,
architecture and sound projects, they explore the relationship between, sound, listening and the
• For more information go to www.liminal.org.uk
• Poltimore House: http://www.poltimore.org
• PRS for Music Foundation: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com
• John Connell Innovation Awards: http://noiseabatementsociety.com/john-connellawards/
• Prix Ars Electronica: http://www.aec.at/prix/en/
• Phonurgia Nova Awards: http://www.phonurgia.org/regle__Us.htm
Liminal, 3 Alexandra Terrace, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5QF, Vat Registration Number: 989 1259 63
Partners: David Prior and Frances Crow (ARB: 064210J)
Britain's Heritage Heroes
Poltimore House and its community of volunteers chosen as one of Britain's Heritage Heroes
Poltimore House was featured on the BBC2 programme Britain’s Heritage Heroes on Wednesday 22 February 2012.
Back in September John Craven and Jules Hudson and the team burst onto the Poltimore House scene, to find out all about the huge volunteer efforts going into the project to restore the house and bring it back into use for the community of East Devon and Exeter. They met Friends and Trustees, heard about how the stucco in the famous Saloon was made (and now needs restoration) and learnt about the contribution of the Shilhay Community to the development of the Project Centre, created from renovation of the building that housed the 1908 kitchens.
John and Jules have been tracked on three heritage hero journeys across England and we saw what they made of Devon – and Poltimore House.
Tern Television says: ‘Devon is home to five areas of outstanding natural beauty and two national parks. It's a stunning county filled with people keen to keep the heritage of every beach, bay and pasture alive. John Craven and Jules Hudson try traditional farming with shire horses, learn about the craft of cob building and visit two historic homes providing their communities with a place to enjoy once again’.
More information about the series can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c32hw
Poltimore House needs your help! We have all kinds of opportunities for volunteering and welcome all skills and expertise.
Volunteers help with our many events (details on our website and leaflet), work in the grounds and on building renovation, and on organisation and administration. Come and hear about the project and what you can contribute, what new skills you can learn.