A multisensory immersive exhibition
Caustic Coastal, Manchester
10th January - 26th January 2019
Exhibition open daily Thursdays - Sundays 1pm - 5pm - Free
Events Series open daily Thursdays - Sundays 7.30pm - 10pm Prices vary, concessions available
Distorted Constellations constructs an immersive sensory environment inspired by artist Nwando Ebizie’s mythic interpretation of the rare neurological disorder Visual Snow and her own neuro-divergency. This Afrofuturist alternate reality is a playground for creative exploration, which draws on immersive technologies and embodied ritual practice. A landscape for transformative encounters.
Programmed into the exhibition are a series of visceral and interactive performances, music and conversation-based events in collaboration with both scientists and artists. Highlights include:
20 Minutes of Action - a visceral performance drawing on Afrodiasporic ritual and research into sensory perception. Featuring motion capture technology with a 360 degree electronic score.
The World of Visual Snow - a talk by neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda.
Distorted Constellations particularly welcomes neurodiverse people to contribute to the ongoing development of the project. There will be an accessibility artist available each day as a point of contact for visitors.
For more information about the project, accessibility, trigger warnings and performance dates please contact Nwando: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioned by Eclipse and HOME as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World. Funded by Wellcome Trust and Unlimited
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‘If Nwando Ebizie appears to be unlike any other artist out here today, it’s because she’s not. The musician, producer, dancer, DJ and performance artist is more like a renaissance woman whose experimental presentations have dazzled audiences not only in theatres but have also captured the ears of tastemakers like Gilles Peterson.’
Nwando Ebizie is a multidisciplinary artist with an international focus whose work converges around performance art personas, experimental theatre, neuroscience, music and African diasporic ritualistic dance. Carving out her own particular strand of Afrofuturism, she combines research into the neuroscience of perception (inspired by her own neurodiversity) and an obsession with science fiction with a ritualistic live art practice. She has curated happenings for Wellcome Collection and released records supported by Gilles Peterson. She has performed in Tokyo (Bonobo), Rio de Janeiro (Tempo Festival), Berlin (Chalet), Latvia (Baltais Fligelis Concert Hall) and Zurich (Blok) as well as across the UK from Home MCR to Barbican to Southbank Centre.
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MAS Productions is an experimental theatre company founded by Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie that creates para-disciplinary work which seeks to combine the immediacy of music, the conceptualism of live art with theatre and interactive ritual forms.
With a commitment to devising experimental performance and music through a unique combination of artforms and practices, Mas Productions defies the often-quoted categorisation of presenting ‘immersive’ theatre. The company has created its own genre through conceptualising highly inviting ritualistic spaces within which audience members take an embodied, experiential and sensuous journey through to ecstatic transformations. Through developing a working process entitled ‘Secular Ecstatic Art’, dance-theatre practices rooted in exuberant urban social trends are intermixed with exacting dramatic movement techniques and ritual actions from traditional African syncretic religions.
“Infectious and joyous events… a multi-racial cast of performers and brilliant jazz musicians, with Ebizie's talented musicianship, dance and vocals leading the helm...”
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9th June/ LONDON / Spirit of Change Festival, Barbican
15th June / LONDON / Bastard Assignments
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deloite ignite festival: tendons & DJ set Royal opera house
AFRICA UTOPIA FESTIVAL: Lady vendredi & the vendettas southbank centre, clore ballroom
AFRICA UTOPIA FESTIVAL: AFROFUTURISM PANEL DISCUSSION southbank centre
22.10.15 - 23.10.15 8pm
mas Productions presents: lady vendredi SINGLE LAUNCH: the roundhouse
PRSF showcase: lady vendredi & the Vendettas the forge
minimalism festival: nonclassical synth ensemble kings place
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