Through Performing City various works such as Chorus, a collective of monumental and trans-fixing sound sculptures by sound artist Ray Lee, a collaborative performance by UK musician from Musicity and Korean choreographer, Small Wonder Tour, a tour of microscopic world and VR Playground, an immersive installation by Brendan Walker are introduced.
Connected City Performing City
Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines, created by award-winning artist and British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present.
Chorus is produced by Simon Chatterton and commissioned by Newbury Corn Exchange, Brookes University and Oxford Contemporary Music. Chorus is funded by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation
‘A kind of musical H.G.Wells’ ㅡ Ivan Hewitt BBC Radio 3
‘Mesmerising’ ㅡ The New Yorker
‘A fascinating counterpoint of sound and light’ ㅡ The Independent
‘Will take your breath away’ ㅡ Three Weeks
Ray Lee is an award-winning sound artist and composer. His work investigates his fascination with the hidden world of electro-magnetic radiation and in particular how sound can be used as evidence of invisible phenomena. He is interested in the way that science and philosophy represent the universe, and his work questions the orthodoxies that emerge, and submerge, according to the currently fashionable trends. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations and performances that explore “circles of ether,” the invisible forces that surround us.
|2) The Small Wonder Tour by dotComedy
The Small Wonder Tour, is a site specific performance ideal for everywhere and anywhere. The Tour is conducted with a comic Attenborough-esque manner. Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, [Jonathon Swift]. We discover the existence of a microscopic world living within our own towns and cities. This is created with tiny models, and sound. The Small Wonder Tour first performed in Belfast this May for the Festival of Fools. The audience is provided with magnifying sheets to enhance the minute life forms they will encounter. The Tour ends with the discovery of something giant i.e. A giant matchstick or footprint. The Tour is 30 minute long. The audience is encouraged to photograph and film the Tour.
dotComedy for the past 20 years have created over 30 productions from a large scale to small, from installations to circle shows, to hidden performances, including Get Lost/dotMaze, Lost on Earth, M.i.S Information Tent, The Car Boot Sale, The Chain, Autograph Hunters, Newsdesk touring in UK, Europe, Middle East, Oceania and America. The company wishes to bring laughter, a sense of another worldliness within ours, and create stunning visual and aural work. Original characters play the fool with the places we inhabit.
|3) Steve Guy Hellier x Joowon Song
Steve, a British sound artist, stayed in Seoul in March of this year and came up with the theme of conflict while collecting sounds. Here they are caught in the middle of the tensions and oppositions, pushed and pulled by the sound. It is a sound installation performance in which the music is released in its own way, in a place called 'Yoonseul' named after sparkling water ripples in sunlight or moonlight, with a dance scene like a strong wind that springs up from ‘Jeongjungdong’ (restful movement in the quiet). It is a conversation between him and her about the conflict that flows in Seoul through music that embraces a passionate spring-like wind and a dance imbued with winter on an autumn day when the sky is high and deep blue.
Steve Guy Hellier
Steve Hellier attended Goldsmiths in the late 80’s where he studied fine art. After leaving, he formed Death in Vegas with Richard Fearless writing and recording their first album “Dead Elvis” which gained commercial and critical success.
Steve has spent the last few years making audio related pieces for Musicity at Tallinn Music Week 2016, Museum of London “Deed and Prosper” and more recentaly a residency at WORM in Rotterdam and sound installation work at Resonant Edge festival 2017 (Edge Hill University). Steve has also been involved in Mark Leckey’s(Turner Prize winner 2008) recent film “Dream English Kid” which is currently on display at Tate Britain.
Song Juwon has been actively engaged in various art genres, working as a dancer and choreographer at home and abroad based in contemporary dance, in experimental music, video, animation, opera, and installation performances, among other things. Since 2013, she has expanded her career to 'Daily Dance Project', a community movement group with professional and nonprofessional dancers. While pursuing life as her body flows and the way the wind blows, she pays attention to the narrative from bodily movements of ‘aside’ as if soliloquising about a life in which the place of the city and the body meet beyond time and space by moving from a theater-centered dance performance to a dance project in an urban space.
|4) VR PLAYGROUND by Thrill Laboratory
- Venue: DDP Design Street
- Time: 11.00–18.00
- Participating Artists: Brendan Walker, Peter Gilbert
Put on a VR headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported inside an experimental virtual reality ride mechanism, chosen from the growing collection created by the world's only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker, and his team of Thrill Laboratory technicians.
Presented in celebration of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site 20th Anniversary.
"Expect to find yourself riding on the back of a giant mechanical jellyfish.” ㅡ Brendan Walker, Professor Thrill
Thrill Laboratory is a collective of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and technologists who, under Walker’s direction over the last ten years, have been perfecting the art of creating, producing and examining new forms of thrilling experiences.