Lynette Wallworth video artwork helps Southbank pull out stops for iconic organ

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 April 2014

Lynette Wallworth's new video work and musical collaboration gets its UK premiere this weekend at the Southbank Centre

a photo of a double projection of videos in a darkened church
Darkness and Light performed in Belgium in May© Forma
London's Southbank Centre is continuing its celebration of the restoration and re-installation of its iconic organ. The Australian video artist, Lynette Wallworth, is about to showcase a new work with Belgian organist and composer Bernard Foccroulle, premiering this Friday in the first showing of Darkness and Light - a work promising to "transcend the conventional form of the organ recital".

The piece takes its title from a work by leading Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina and absorbs 350 years of organ music, from the baroque constructions of Bach and Buxtehude and Messiaen's ecstatic celebration of God and Nature to the evocative sound pictures of Toshio Hosokawa, all performed by Foccroulle.

Wallworth’s two-channel video projections accompany each piece, with the combined work designed to reveal new visual and acoustic appreciations of organ music.

Shot in her native Australia, the video features evocative portraits of the Australian landscape, natural and man-made, together with with astronomical footage contributed by NASA.

The result is a powerful reflection on the forces that bind humanity, landscape and the cosmos through images and music in continual conversation.

Watch a video of Darkness and Light performed in Brussels in March 2014

  • Darkness and Light is at the Royal Festival Hall on April 11 2014, 7.30pm. Tickets £16/£8. Book online.
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