LightNight Liverpool 2016
announces commissions programme
LIGHTNIGHT, Liverpool's 1 night arts
festival, returns, at 5pm, on Friday, 13 May 2016. This year the festival will feature 13
new commissions alongside its packed programme of projections, performances,
science demonstrations, live music and hands on art workshops.
These new works have been commissioned by festival producers Open Culture and
partners including Ad Hoc Creative, Physical Fest and the Albert Dock and
feature local and regional artists, producers and organisations responding to
this year's theme of:- 'Experiment'.
Details of individual commissions can be found below:-
Illumaphonium:- a dynamic large scale, multisensory installation created
by musician and inventor Michael Davis. Everyone is invited to the LJMU John
Lennon Art and Design Building to play this semi acoustic, semi-automatic
music making sculpture. A beautifully tuned array of 250 illuminated aluminium
chrome bars respond to touch with constantly evolving patterns of light and
sound that spread out in ripples over the surface.
OP POP Matrix:- Artist Andy McKeown is creating a multi user projection
environment also at LJMU John Lennon Art and Design Building. This interactive
immersive light installation uses a series of individual control stations which
are under the control of the audience. Each layer of the Matrix contains 7
pattern forms, meshes, grids, discs, spots, lines and shapes. The audience
creates the work by controlling the towers with both the projection and
themselves. Co-operation or chaos?
The Cage of Experiments:- an eclectic mix of music, theatre and
performance from Liverpool's alternative creative community. Curated by
Katy-Anne Bellis of Caustic Widows, a giant birdcage in the Bluecoat courtyard
will be filled with a feast of visual and musical experiments. Take part in a
mass group waltz, discover acrobatic parrots and enjoy ambient sounds throughout
disSociation:- a space to absorb and reflect on the LightNight experience
by local production group Deep Hedonia, consisting of a responsive video
installation and discussion lab also at the Bluecoat. Participants will be
invited to look at the nature of accelerated communication during a large art
event like LightNight, with the aim of exploring the relationship between artist
Neu Collective Consciousness:- Artists Logan and Wilcox invite audience to
Everyman Theatre to create a bio-cybernetic system. Using a number of sensory
technologies which monitor brain waves and heart rate, the installation explores
different possibilities of creating a co-authored AV environment made up
directly from reactions of the human body and a cybernetic machine.
City Sites:- The Mindset Ensemble, founded by composer Mark Jones, present
a new piece of music inspired by the recent loss of some of Liverpool's music
venues. This 10min UK premiere considers the sadness felt by the community of
people around these venues and asks: do future sites offer a solution, a solid
creative future? The performance at the Nordic Church will be accompanied by a
new video from artist Laura Spark and followed by a performance from the Sweet
Afterglow:- Artists Carlos Bernal's immersive light and sound installation
will be at the Black-E. With mapped light projections onto 6 consecutive
screens it will create a new dimension, a space time tunnel where the energy of
light is transferred and transformed.
Afloat, in Land:- a new AV performance by Friend or Foe 'Afloat, In
transforms the VGandM's historic Leggate Theatre into a multi channel video and
sound environment as they present new musical works, written during their
3 month residency in a remote town on the north coast of Iceland. Exploring
themes, memories, myths and dreams connected with the people and places they
Gizzago's Pop Up Playground:- Unlocking the City's playful potential Gizzago create three pop up playgrounds that encourage you to play with public
spaces in awesome new ways. Mixing digital, social and physical game play, Gizzago provide a glimpse of the future of experimental street game culture.
Choose from Turtle Wushu at Steble Fountain or Johann Sebastian Joust and
Maypole Mayhem at the Anglican Cathedral Plateau and remember how good it feels
to play outside!
Flock:- You'll find this unusual tribe of birdlike bikers on Church
Street, LJMU Aldham Robarts Library and William Brown Street. Boisterous and
playful they ruffle their feathers and flaunt their leathers bringing you
strange customs and dazzling displays of prowess. Perhaps you'll find yourself a
winner in one of their rituals or being swept away in a saddle of their noisy
gleaming cavalcade. Dare to join in and it'll give you something to Tweet about.
Created and performed by Foolsize Theatre and commissioned by Physical Fest.
Love Without Sound:- Pixophtyoflora: Artist David Badger creates a
visually sparkling experimental video with a live ambient electronic soundtrack
at the Liverpool Medical Institution. Come and relax as you peacefully reflect
on how computer imaging technology can be used to grow and 'simulate'
simple living creatures and soak up the electronica.
No Worst, There Is None:- some of Liverpool's leading creative lights come
together for this very special one off performance at the Anglican Cathedral.
Bill Ryder Jones has composed a sweeping orchestral response to the Gerard
Manley Hopkins poem from which this project takes its name, with the piece
arranged for a unique musical collective featuring the Liverpool Anglican
Cathedral Choir by IMMIX Ensemble founder Daniel Thorne. Presented within an
immersive light and AV environment created live by visual artists Sam and Damien Wiehl. No Worst, There Is None is commissioned by Ad Hoc Creative.
Météo-Dock:- An experimental weather-ship; this promenade performance sees
an 8 strong crew of dancers and musicians create an unfolding, processional
conveyor belt with responses to meteorological conditions on the Albert Dock.
Surprising and delighting audiences of all ages, engaging you musically and
visually as you follow the weather ship. Commissioned for LightNight by Albert
Dock Liverpool and created by TiLT.
Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said:-
"Celebrating the ever changing weather conditions we experience here down at the
Dock, Météo Dock promises spectators a wonderful spring evening of dance and
music, set against the beautiful backdrop of Albert Dock's Grade I listed
LightNight is a magical evening on the City's event calendar, and we are
delighted to be working closely with Open Culture and TiLT in bringing this
exciting commission to life."
Charlotte Corrie, Director of Open Culture the LightNight festival producers,
said:- 'It's important for us to commission new work, keeping the
LightNight programme fresh and unique. It also guarantees that audiences will
experience something new and different, which fits with our theme this year of 'Experiment'. As an organisation one of our key aims is to give a platform to
the incredible creative talent in the City and the region, and we want visitors
to LightNight to have an incredible night, plus being inspired to engage in the
regions arts year round.'
Produced by social enterprise Open Culture since 2009, LightNight Liverpool sees
tens of thousands of visitors explore, experiment and celebrate the City's
world class cultural offer across galleries, museums and City's streets late into
the night with a programme of over 100 free events. LightNight festival
guides can be ordered
online or pick one up for just £1 from
guide stockists:- Liverpool Everyman, St George's Hall, 92 Degrees Coffee, Tate
Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, St John's Beacon, The Bluecoat, Anglican Cathedral,
News from Nowhere, Victoria Gallery and Museum, FACT, Central Library, Tourist
Information at the Albert Dock, Baltic Bakehouse and Furrow café on Allerton