LUMIERE DURHAM 2009
Mira Calix (Composer)
Originally commissioned by Opera North for the opening of the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, in February 2009, in association with the Culture Company, assisted by a grant from Northern Rock Foundation.
With thanks to Unusual Rigging.
Eight huge pendulums suspended in the vaulted ceiling of Durham Cathedral.
As they swung back and forth, arcs of light were created, mesmerising audiences as they walked below. The combination of movement and music, specially composed by Mira Calix transformed the relationship between sound and sight.
Based in London, United Visual Arts (UVA) was founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru. Based in London, their practice combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. The studio has an open approach to collaboration, uniting diverse skills to continuously evolve new technologies and materials, which in turn suggest new artistic directions. They have produced work for Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester International Festival, the Barbican and YCAM Japan and their work has been exhibited around the world including in Barcelona, Beijing, New York, Taipei and Tokyo. UVA were awarded a distinction for Chorus at the 2010 edition of Prix Arts Electronica.
Mira Calix is an award winning artist, composer and performer based in the UK. Music and sound have always been at the center of her practice, which she continues to integrate with visual media and technological innovation to create mufti-disciplinary installations and performance works. She has been commissioned by many leading international cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Performa, National Portrait Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Manchester International Festival and The Mayor Of London.