An audience stand is silhouetted against a late afternoon sky. It is placed on a beach area, and there are around twenty people spread along the different levels of the stand in a variety of poses. Several loudspeakers on stands are visible. The location is Bolderaja, in Riga, Latvia.
Witness Stand | Aivars Ivbulis / Homo Novus Festival 2021
Past Event

Witness Stand - The Chattri

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey (Australia / UK)
12 performances between Sat 7 - Sun 29 May 2022
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How do we understand where we are through listening?

Events on Sun 15 May may be subject to delays due to weather

From across the city, drifting over land, sea and forgotten sites, comes an invitation to gather, sit and listen together. 

Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey have commissioned a community of writers and sound artists with a connection to Brighton to design sound works that respond to five specific sites that reverberate with ancient, recent, and future stories of the city. 

Each chosen site is a place where we can experience the confluence of past and future, the ebb and flow of time and tide. Places that hover around dereliction and renewal, separation and coming together. The Adur Estuary at Shoreham-by-Sea, the Chattri, the West Pier, East Brighton, and Brighton Marina will all be linked in a physical and aural network. We will gather together with the artists, on simple seating stands, to contemplate vistas that we rarely pause properly to see, to spend time together in a place where the site is both companion and performer. 

This unique perspective merged with an immersive soundscape, live performance and each area’s natural ambience, gives us the opportunity to look outwards and consider what it means to be here now, what it meant in the past, and what it might mean in the future. A chance to witness, together, exactly what it is that makes these places so unique.


Concept and direction: Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Lead writer: Akila M Richards

Artists: Razia Aziz, Johanna Bramli, Thor McIntyre Burnie, Ed Chivers, Scott Smith, Emma-Kate Matthews, Gene Pool, Quinta, Ingrid Plum, James C Wilkie, Mrisi

Writers: Georgina Aboud, Jenny Arach, Sheila Auguste, Dulani Kulasinghe, Zaid S Sethi

Cultural Consultants: Dave Searby Mason, Richard Bickers, Davinder Dhillon, Richard Williams, Katie Sollohub, Rachel Clark

This ongoing project has been created and developed with Live Umbrella Finland and Bureau of Works; assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts, Vitalstatistix, Dark Mofo, and the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund. Witness Stand was originally commissioned for Perth Festival 2021.

Location Details

A white dome structure with concrete steps sits amongst fields and trees

The Chattri

Exact location: Near to the monument. North of Patcham, South Downs National Park. Park at Braypool Lane and then 1 mile walk over farmland.
What3words: ///removals.symphony.gong
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  • James Wilkie 
    James creates immersive installations, sound walks, live performances, and soundtracks. Storytelling is at the heart of James’ own work as he explores space and the imagination.
  • Razia Aziz (Creative Conception, Composition, Arrangements, Vocals, Harmonium, Keyboard) 
    Razia’s relationship with Brighton and the Downs spans five decades. Her life weaves activism, spirituality, creativity and teaching together in service of love.

    Razia is joined by: 
    Baluji Shrivastav OBE: Sitar, Dilruba, Hindustani Musical Direction
    Yash Kummar: Tablas, Vocals 
    Peter Middleton: Creative Direction, Audio Production 
    With valued contributions from: Alex Moody (snare drum), Barinder Kaur Gohler (Ek Onkar recitation), Cassie Aziz-Few (cello), Dominic Rai (names of the deceased), Hamida & Khalid Aziz (vocals), Imam Dr Salah Al-Ansari (qur’anic recitation), Madhu Malhotra (Hindi lines – sweetheart), Neal Bland (trumpet), Sheila Auguste & Edi Mandala (vocals), Ustad Fida Hussain Khan (Hindustani musical consultation), Anuja Sharma (home front).

Text: Dulani Kulasinghe
Dulani was born in Sri Lanka, raised in New Mexico and now lives in Brighton. Her writing explores contested heritage, belonging and legacies of empire. Her work on the Chattri was published in Writing Our Legacy’s anthology Hidden Sussex and has been used in Sussex University courses.

Cultural Consultant: Davinder Dhillon

Thanks to

WPT west pier trust written in blue and orange
Written in dark blue: Brighton Marina Brimming With Possibilities