STATES OF MATTER
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States of matter is a stunning immersive experience, which fills the whole architecture of St Mary’s church, in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, with synchronised light, sound and visual effects.
It questions our fragile relationship with water, whilst examining its natural cycle. With a predicted 4 degree shift in global temperatures over the next 80 years, polar ice caps are set to irreversibly melt, and global sea levels rise to dangerous levels, presenting one of the greatest challenges to humanity. Water connects us all.
States of Matter was created in a synergy between multimedia artist Urban Projections, and composer & sound designer CJ Mirra. Additional field recordings from the Arctic, Antarctic and the Humboldt Current, in the Pacific Ocean, are supplied by internationally renowned location recordist and sonic artist, Chris Watson, whose work includes the David Attenborough series ‘Frozen Planet’.
The artists collaborated with young people from Nottinghamshire, in a co-creation process from which their thoughts and ideas became articulated into the final artwork. The discussions enabled dialogue and encouraged conversation into global warming, water poverty and the the interconnectedness of the atmosphere, earth and ocean, through the water cycle. The young people also took part in a series of workshops creating audio samples and recordings from their surroundings, in response to the theme. These were then woven together with the field recordings from Chris, into a subliminal sonic score by CJ Mirra.
In a process of symbiosis, the visual elements were developed along side the soundscape, carefully constructing passages of immersion based on the ‘states of matter’. Using light as a medium, exploring colour theory and working with the latest audio-visual technologies, Urban Projections guided the young people through a workshop process with technical partners Sterling Events, to construct the final experience.
It is hoped that States of Matter presents a means for enabling dialogue and encouraging conversation on the issues currently facing us all, with regards our relationship with water.
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” - Dr Jane Goodall, Scientist & Activist.
- STATES OF MATTER -
Produced for Nottingham Light Night
Artists: Urban Projections & CJ Mirra
Co-Creation: Newark Emmaus Trust, IYA Home Education Group, Portland College, Harlow Academy, IYA Music Group.
Field Recordings: Chris Watson
Commissioned by: Inspire Youth Arts
Technical Partners: Sterling Events
Project Management: Rachel Fletcher