This is a one-off event: a collaboration between Motion, a series of concerts featuring interdiscplinary improvised performance; and Rob MacKay, a composer, sound artist and performer.
Rob MacKay will be creating an immersive audiovisual installation, Flight of the Monarchs, within the space of Open Source Arts. Musicians will be located within different parts of the istallation, creating an additional layer of sound which will accompany the work. The experience will involve visuals, sound, music, and a spatial and temporal relationship between the performers, audience, and space. You will be invited to explore this experience at your own pace, and in your own way.
More info about the installation:
Flight of the Monarchs is an immersive audiovisual installation inspired by the 3,000 mile journey that the Monarch butterfly takes each year from Canada to Mexico, finding warmer climes during the winter in order to roost. They fly to the same roosts each year, often to the exact same trees. In Mexican tradition, there is a belief that the butterflies are the souls of the dead, returning to visit each year.
In recent years, the Monarchs’ numbers have declined steeply. Several factors may be causing this: logging of their roosting grounds, crop spraying, and climate change.
The installation is set up to resemble a hide in the forest from which the viewer can look out at these beautiful creatures.
About the artist:
Rob Mackay is a composer, sound artist and performer. He is currently a Reader in Composition and Sound Art at the University of Hull.
Recent projects have moved towards a cross-disciplinary approach, soundscape ecology, audiovisual installation work, and human-computer interaction. His work has been performed in 18 countries (including broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 1 and Radio France), and a number of his pieces have received international awards (Bourges, Hungarian Radio, La Muse en Circuit). He has held composer residencies at Slovak Radio (Bratislava), La Muse en Circuit (Paris), the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre (Ireland), Habitación del Ruido (Mexico City), CMMAS (Morelia), and the University of Virginia.
He is director of HEARO (Hull Electroacoustic Resonance Orchestra) and is editor for Interference, a journal of audio cultures. He is currently Chair of UKISC (UK and Ireland Soundscape Community). Several CDs and Vinyl are available including Rob’s Work. More information at https://robmackay.net.
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