Hidden Love Songs

Commuters on a busy walkway alongside the Royal Festival Hall will be able to read love messages whilst they are serenaded by Mark-Anthony Turnage’s latest composition.

Hidden Love Revealed
The creators of the installation, Melissa Mongiat and Arlete Costelo, scratching off the first love messages

The new installation is the latest in a series to brighten a popular commuter route alongside the Royal Festival Hall linking the Golden Jubilee Bridges and Belvedere Road.

Hidden Love Revealed
Children from Ashmole Primary School in Lambeth help to unveil the installation

The installation contains hundreds of love messages written by Londoners, hidden behind a silver film – the same material and technique as scratch cards. Visitors to the South Bank walking past the installation will be encouraged to scratch away the silver to reveal the poems and messages, while being serenaded by excerpts from Mark-Anthony Turnage’s composition Hidden Love Song.

Hidden Love Revealed

The installation is a collaboration between the South Bank Centre, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Central Saint Martins and two primary schools in Lambeth and Kent.

Poems and messages, some anonymous, tell the true stories of unrequited love and chance encounters. Mark-Anthony Turnage has contributed his own message; his composition was written in secret for his fiancée and inspired by WH Auden’s poem Lay your sleeping head my love.

“We hope to bring some romance to London’s commuters with this installation, which cleverly brings together three different art forms and organisations,” said Jude Kelly, artistic director of the South Bank Centre.

Created by Arlete Costelo and Melissa Mongiat, students on the Narrative environments MA course, Central Saint Martins College, the 20-metre installation helps to brighten the area around the Royal Festival Hall building works. The hidden love messages will be gradually revealed in the lead up to St Valentine’s Day.

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Associated Practices

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Associated Terms

A framing narrative contains a second (or more) embedded narrative(s), for which it provides a context or setting. Sometimes the framing narrative will begin and end the narrative as a whole, providing ‘book ends’,  other times it will simply be present at the beginning of the narrative, acting as an introduction, sometimes it reappears as a linking device between a series of embedded narratives. The framing narrative “sets the scene” for the embedded narrative(s), giving us a context in which we can read and interpret what they tell.

A special form of a framing narrative is a meta narrative, where the containing and contained narratives are thematically and/or content related.

Framing sometimes comes as nesting narratives or Matroushka Doll narratives where there is a series of narratives – A frames B, B frames C, C frames D etc etc.

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Associated Terms in context

Framing Narrative

in Narrative environment design

Framing narratives in narrative environment design have a lot in common with framing narratives in textual and verbal storytelling, so here is the narratology definition to start off:

A framing narrative contains a second (or more) embedded narrative(s), for which it provides a context or setting. Sometimes the framing narrative will begin and end the narrative as a whole, providing book ends,  other times it will simply be present at the beginning of the narrative, acting as an introduction, sometimes it reappears as a linking device between a series of embedded narratives. The framing narrative “sets the scene” for the embedded narrative(s), giving us a context in which we can read and interpret the text.

A framing narrative may frame a single sub narrative; “we were sitting round the kitchen table when D started talking in a low, fearful voice: “I was staying at X’s house many years ago when…” etc

Or it may frame many: The 1001 Nights

If in the first example D had said: “I was staying in this very house many years ago when…” and the whole narrative had been a story about the house itself (perhaps about persistent haunting, for example), then both the framing and the sub narratives would have shared to some extent the same focus and the same storyworld; when this is the case we say the framing narrative is a meta-narrative.

Often framing comes as a set of nesting (we say Matroushka Doll) narratives: The British Museum has a narrative of power and authority told through the architecture and and the use of external space; then inside, the collection as a whole tells a story of imperialism, adventure and scholarship, which itself is broken into many sub narratives of particular instances. Within this context, a particular exhibit may be framed by a particular curatorial discourse, and itself consist of or contain sub narratives emerging from the objects themselves or the way they are related to each other.

In narrative envionment design, as this example suggests) the framing narrative may not just be of a different order from the narrative(s) it encloses, it may be of an entirely different kind, in a different medium: a curator will create a framing narrative around a collection of object or images, which in themselves tell stories, or are curated to imply stories through ordering and juxtaposition. This framing narrative may be dispersed through the exhibition in texts on display, and/or contained in the catalogue; it might be told in part or entirely through sound or lighting or the use of space; all of this is already framed by the physical characteristics, volumes and location of the building and the stories they tell.

Or landscaping may tell a framing story about the buildings it contains, e.g. Scarpa’s Brion Vega Tomba, where spatial layout, acoustics, borrowed landscapes and soundscapes weave a story around the narrative of the key architectural moments, http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Brion-Vega_Cemetery.html

Or a city brand narrative may contain or frame a multitude of localised sub narratives.

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