Sound installation exhibition at St Peter Hungate Church
FROM BIRDSONG TO LIGHT
An Exhibition by Nicholas G. Brown
25May – 16 June 2013
Opening times: Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 2pm-4pm
In May 2013, Hungate Medieval Art will present a solo exhibition of sound and video installations by artist-composer, Nicholas G. Brown in the beautiful church of St Peter Hungate.
The exhibition will explore medieval ideas about sound and music. The ecclesiastical space of St Peter Hungate will be divided into three zones. The lowest zone (the nave) will contain a work about the physical act of making music.
The middle zone (the transept) will explore the relation between music and the mind, particularly the therapeutic use of music as a kind of medicine. The highest zone (the chancel) will address medieval ideas about the formation of the universe.
Works in the exhibition include:
An Audience with the Trees (2005). Four handmade bird boxes will hang from four trees in the nave of St Peter Hungate and broadcast the sounds of four birds singing the medieval song, Sumer is Icumen in.
On the Operations of the Sun (2011) a 12-channel sound & video installation that uses the structure of a medieval rose window to give musical form to the sounds of a choir. A digital video animation of the South Rose Window at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris grows outwards, from the centre to the circumference of the rose, synchronized with the sounds of the voices. The title comes from De Operationibus Solis by Robert Grosseteste, a medieval philosopher who wrote extensively about light.
Nicholas Brown said: 'Medieval art has been a major influence on my work since I first encountered early thirteenth-century music when I was at university. So I'm delighted to be able to present some of my recent installations in the context of Hungate's wider mission to promote Norfolk's medieval heritage.'
Hungate Medieval Art is a volunteer run charity based in the 15th century church of St. Peter Hungate, Elm Hill, Norwich. The organisation aims to inspire and excite visitors through a wide range of exhibitions and events open from March to November 2013.
Nicholas G. Brown is an artist-composer and lecturer in music at UEA. He makes works that investigate the psychology and philosophy of music using various media, from live performance and installation, to film and handmade books. He has also written an extensive body of concert and film music that has featured in international festivals such as the BBC Promenade Concerts, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Haarlem Koorbiennale (NL), the Three Choirs Festival and the UK-with-NY festival in New York. Further information at www.nicholasbrown.co.uk
Exhibition website is at http://www.frombirdsongtolight.co.uk
Registered Charity No. 1125694
For more information please contact Hungate:
Sophie Towne e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or
Nicholas G. Brown mobile : 07412 576801 /e-mail: email@example.com