Urban Mysteries is a one-hour multi-media performance work for film, soundtrack and saxophonist Cathal Roche, in which the score and soundtrack by Ian Wilson interacts with a new film (recorded in Belfast and environs) by acclaimed Irish artist Johnnie Lawson.
The live score and soundtrack directly and meaningfully engage with the film, each enhancing the other, the whole providing an immersive and unified experience for the audience.
One of the ideas behind Urban Mysteries is to allow audiences to experience the filmed scenes as dramatic instead of simply everyday, mysterious rather than familiar. Another ambition is that the combination of cityscapes, soundtrack and score will allow spectators to create their own narratives, whether emotional, ecological, sociological or historical – the fact that there is no overt narrative helps produce one of the most engaging types of artwork, one where the spectator is fundamentally involved in its interpretation.
Urban Mysteries was commissioned by the Belfast Film Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.