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Darkstar collaborate with Liverpool's migrant communities

The duo have teamed up with the artist platform Metal on the new project that works with young adults aged 13–19

The artist laboratory Metal and Darkstar have announced a new sound project working with young adults in Liverpool's migrant communities. The project comes off the back of their 2015 Foam Island album released by Warp in 2015, where the duo used samples from interviews they had made with residents of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England.

Now the duo will work with 13–19 year olds at Harthill Youth Centre in Wavertree, Merseyside. The installation and final composition will be the result of several residencies Darkstar have run at Harthill. Their work reaches out to young people in the area, over 75 per cent of whom are from Eastern European communities including Slovaks, Czechs and members of the Roma community, a third of them living in poverty. The aim is to encourage them to discuss such topics as migration, Brexit, music, family and community.

“The work we have managed to accomplish at Harthill in collaboration with the kids that came to the sessions has been an incredible experience,” declare Darkstar. “From gaining insights into how their own communities interact with Liverpool we have managed to create something that is a true reflection of a nuanced landscape that is evolving rapidly.”

Working in conjunction with Metal's Different Trains 1947, the final piece will be presented as an interactive sound installation at Edge Hill Station this September, plus live music on 27 September, before moving to London Barbican Centre and Magnetic Fields festival in India. Cieron Magat has also been commissioned to make a short film about the project.