Song, dance and light in Southampton as artwork sends Guildhall square aglow

By Jessica King | 31 October 2013

An interactive light and sound installation by KMA – media art duo Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler – will send Southampton's Guildhall aglow with a shifting digital environment of movement and light.

A photo of lots of people standing around a town centre square surrounded by lights
KMA: Strange Attractors (The Anatomy of Dr Tulp)© The artists / FACT, courtesy Abandon Normal Devices
Strange Attractors (The Anatomy of Dr Tulp) allows passers-by to interact with the lone figure in the square, responding kinetically in an attempt to explore the connections and spaces between bodies and featuring a soundscape by composer Peter Broderick.

Each night of Strange Attractors will also feature an inspiring dance and movement choreographed piece by Art Asia. Led by Bharatanatyam dancer Anusha Subramanyam, this dynamic project is set to merge British Sign Language with Bharatanatyam hand signals in an invigorating new dance.

Unusually within urban lighting, KMA choose to prioritise the illumination of audiences above the lighting of buildings. In order to achieve this, they give visitors the chance to become part of the work.

The fantastical public artwork has been organised by the John Hansard Gallery, and will also draw attention to plans for Southampton’s new arts complex, which will be situated in the square.

  • Runs until November 3 2013, 6.30pm-9.30pm. Admission free.

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A photo of lots of people standing around a town centre square surrounded by lights
© The artists / FACT, courtesy Abandon Normal Devices
A photo of lots of people standing around a town centre square surrounded by lights
© The artists / FACT, courtesy Abandon Normal Devices
A photo of lots of people standing around a town centre square surrounded by lights
© The artists / FACT, courtesy Abandon Normal Devices
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