MAY 4-19, 12-7PM (CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS)
LIGHTHOUSE, 28 KENSINGTON STREET, BN1 4AJ
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2019
Enter an Afrofuturist, mythical landscape that explores what it’s like to see the world through someone else’s eyes.
Presented in partnership with Brighton Festival, Distorted Constellations is an exhibition that uses sound, projections and holograms to immerse the audience in the imagined landscape of the artist’s brain.
The work is inspired by Ebizie’s rare neurological disorder Visual Snow, which causes visual distortions such as flickering dots, auras and glowing lines. The audience will experience a mythical version of the disorder, entering an alternate Afrofuturist reality, inspired by research into the neuroscience of perception and drawing on rituals of African origin.
In the exhibition, partitions, screens and threads will create a labyrinth through the space, with walls doubling up as screens where holograms and videos are projected. These architectural elements will guide the audience through the space, and create the experience of Visual Snow.
Distorted Constellations is an interdisciplinary exhibition that combines art and science, and aims to increase our understanding of rare neurological disorders and the subjective nature of sense perception.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances – details below.
Distorted Constellations consists of a reception area, and two rooms. The rooms are called Install and Sensory Antechamber. All spaces are wheelchair accessible but the install is accessible via a lift.
The Install is a large, dark room lit by projected lights and pictures. Some of the lights flash.
Music will be playing during the performance. There are no sudden loud noises.
Gauze and string are hung in the space. You can carefully touch the gauze and the string.
You are invited to watch the visuals and listen to the sound.
You may stand up, sit down or move around.
You may leave the space and return to it at any time.
During Distorted Constellations one of our ground floor spaces will be transformed into a sensory antechamber, designed to complement the main installation. Feel free to spend time there before and after visiting the installation. The sensory space has been designed with the needs of neurodivergent people, including autistic people, in mind.
Date: May 4-19 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ
The exhibition is free
The Opening Ceremony, performance and talk
Date: Saturday 4th May
Time: 5pm – 7.30pm
Join us for a multisensory encounter presided over by Nwa-Kpa-Kpa-Ndo (one of Nwando Ebizie/ Lady Vendredi’s alter egos). An elemental journey through intimacy towards ecstatic release. Participate or spectate. Be scientist or artist. Allow your perceptions to alter.
The ceremony will be introduced by artist Nwando Ebizie, followed by a performance with ritual practitioner and Haitian dancer Karine Label.
You’ll then be invited to experience the installation, leading into an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) inspired storytelling performance by Nwando Ebizie:
- Cushions are brought into the space
- Three female performers walking around offering hair brushing, hand lotion, head massage etc. It’s ok to say no to any touch. – Touch will not be intimate.
- Pancakes are made. Food will be shared (vegan and gluten-free). There is no pressure to eat this food.
Haitian Ritual Dance Workshop
Date: Sunday 5th May
Time: 10am – 1pm
Maximum 20 participants.
Nwando has explored Haitian Vodou dance as part of her extended research for Distorted Constellations – using ritual training and certain techniques; actions, songs and ritual structures to see if they could alter the consciousness of the performer.
Join us for an energetic Caribbean dance workshop delving into the soothing and powerful movements of Haitian Vodou. In Haiti, dance symbolises the cohesion between the elements, between this world and what lies beyond. Experienced teacher Karine Label will lead us from flowing, undulating movements for purification, to fiery rhythmic movements for empowerment and revolution. The work will connect inner and outer worlds, invoke intimacy and ecstatic release, all with the aim of balancing the self and the group.
Intimacy/Touch/Tingles + Closing Salon
Date: Saturday 18th May
Maximum 20 participants
A relaxing, immersive performance exploring Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response in an intimate setting. Storytelling, touch and movement provide a journey into the psyche to find out if you experience ASMR – a relaxing, tingling sensation across the scalp and spine in response to particular triggers.
Closing Salon (The World of Visual Snow talk + closing party)
Date: Saturday 18th May
In 2014, Nwando Ebizie became aware that she experienced a different reality to that of everybody around her. She realised that she was the only one who constantly saw the space around her full of swirling coloured, translucent dots (like a George Seurat painting), glowing lines, auras, light bursts and halos. She realised that she had Visual Snow – a seemingly rare neurological disorder that the science community is just beginning to understand.
Join Neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda for an exploration of the rare neurological syndrome, Visual Snow. The condition causes people to experience reality overlaid with ‘tv static’, halos, auras and non-visual symptoms including tinnitus. Francesca and Nwando particularly invite those with Visual Snow and other neurodiverse people to experience the installation and attend this talk.
The night will close with a DJ set by Nwando/Lady Vendred’s alter ego – Nwa-Kpa-Kpa-Ndo
Artist/Curator/Composer Nwando Ebizie
Ritual Accessibility Artist Jennifer MT White
Digital Visuals Designer Coral Manton
Production and Design Sean Clarke
Stage Manager Madeleine Wilson
360 Sound Engineer Guillaume Dujat
Ritual Choreographer Zsuzsa Parrag
Ritual Performer Karine LaBel
Neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda
Costume Designer Christine Stanford
Personal Access Assistant Alixandra Wilde
Featuring performers Jennifer MT White and Chanje Kunda
Ritual Movement Director Moss Beynon Juckes
Director Jonathan Grieve
Technical Designer Tom Richards
Visuals Chris King
Curatorial Advisor Kirsten Cooke
Neuroscientist Rachel Williams
Accessibility Artist Hope Strickland
Personal Access Assistant Louise Fazackerley
Neuroscience Advisor Dr Edward Bracey
Dramaturgical Choreography Laura Kriefman
Distorted Constellations comes from ideas developed originally with MAS productions, supported by Arts Admin, Guest Projects and Wellcome Collection.
With gratitude to the following artists - without them, this work would not be possible: Jennifer MT White, Jonathan Grieve, Ignacio Jarquin Moss Beynon Juckes, Zsuzsa Parrag, Daniel Oliver, Suzanna Slack, the Vacuum Cleaner, Ria Hartley, Manick Govinda, Ed Bracey