Sonic Visions: New Electroacoustic Music inspired by Art

Lady Barber Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Exhibitions, Performance
Friday 13th September (10:00) - Sunday 10th November 2013 (18:00)

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Three of the Barber Institute’s best-loved paintings – as you’ve never heard them before!

In this exciting sound installation, a collaboration with the University’s Department of Music, three postgraduate composers were commissioned to create new short electroacoustic pieces, inspired by works in the Barber collection. They chose three very different pictures – Daubigny’s brooding 19th-century French Seascape, c. 1867, Renoir’s charming Impressionist work Young Woman Seated, c. 1876, and Magritte’s surrealist conundrum The Flavour of Tears, 1948.

Sonic Visions offers the opportunity to re-experience these pictures, accompanied by the very different sound works that they inspired, performed in 8-channel surround sound. All three composers – Constantinos Kontos (Greece), Julien Guillamat (France) and Chris Tarren (UK) – are regular performers with BEAST – Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre, the performance wing of the University’s Electroacoustic Music Studios. BEAST’s aim is to bring a dramatic and immersive sonic experience to its audience – space, movement and the evocation of place are key aspects of its approach, all of which figure in these exciting new works.

Gallery Talk: An Introduction to the Exhibition Tuesday 15 October, 1.15pm
Lunchtime Lecture: A Brief History of Beast Wednesday 23 October, 1.10pm
Workshop for Adults: Sonic Visions Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November, 10.30am – 5pm