commissioned by: Opera North
premiere: The Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds U.K. – 2009
collaborators: concept, design – United Visual Artists, music- Mira Calix
instrumentation: voice, orchestra, electronics
format: audio/visual installation
awards: Award Of Distinction -Prix Ars Electronica 2009
With Chorus UVA created a kinetic installation that produces a hypnotic performance. Eight tall black pendulums swing back and forth, simultaneously emitting light and sound.
With a soundtrack written by Mira Calix the rhythm of the work moves between chaos and unison. The music is transported by speakers embedded in the 8 swinging pendulums and a further 8 static speakers at ground level. The composition is informed by the movement of the pendulums. The lights are informed by the sound. The musical score is comprised of over 2000 sound samples that are integrated in a customised software application that makes communication between movement, light and sound, unified and comprehensive.
After a successful run in Opera North in Leeds, February 2009, Chorus was installed in Durham Cathedral for the Lumiere festival (November 2009), which attracted over 75.000 visitors in 4 days. In June and July 2010, the work was installed in the boiler room at the Wapping Project, a previous hydraulic power station on the Thames, London
chorus – durham cathedral
chorus – wapping project
chorus – howard assembly rooms
visualisation – durham cathedral