3rd October 2013

Sounding the River at mac birmingham

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A magical journey of sound, light and performance

Take a magical journey of sound, light and performance down the River Rea and into Cannon Hill Park.

Find yourself meandering along the riverbank where fire lit performers extinguish the darkness, mechanised birds fly past your ears and trees come alive with strange electronic song. As you drift along hidden river walkways, enter into a dreamlike place of water sounds, floating music and delicately rippling worlds.

Jony Easterby has brought together a group of internationally acclaimed artists to celebrate the hidden beauty of Birmingham’s urban river. Several of these artists created Power Plant, a feature of Durham’s enigmatic LUMIERE festivals and Liverpool’s Capital of Culture, which continues to tour the globe. All have a reputation for transforming the outdoors into fascinating, playful places that enthrall adults and children alike.

This nocturnal exploration of nature reflected through art is the final celebration of mac birmingham’s 50th year.

“Ingeniously playful array of electronic stunts, kinetic sculpture and musical sound effects sprang a series of delightful surprises” The Sunday Times on Power Plant

“His work is organic and dreamlike… childlike wonderment, like one gets from staring at waves in the sea or flames in the fire.” The Guardian on Jony Easterby’s Carillon Shadows at The Public

Artists creating Sounding the River:

Mark Anderson

Jony Easterby

Kathy Hinde

Anna Lucas

Ulf Mark Pedersen

Red Earth Environmental Arts Group

Sounding the River is a co-production between mac birmingham and Jony Easterby