Ibiza Formentera : A Feast Of Senses


At Ibiza, everything or almost is an excuse to celebrate. They celebrate the opening of night-clubs at the start of the season and their closure, they celebrate on the beach, on boats and in villas, and every day they even celebrate the sunset. The local inhabitants also perpetuate traditional feasts in their villages. Over and above these festive rites, this documentary by Pierre Brouwers reveals an island rich in ancient history, encircled by creeks, cliffs and yellow sandy beaches emerging from limpid seas. Not forgetting, for people who still harbour a sense of peace and quiet, the little sister island of Formentera.

RAY LEE – CHORUS


Chorus is a collective of monumental and transfixing sound sculptures created by sound artist Ray Lee. Towering high above the audience, giant metal tripods with rotating arms sing out hypnotic siren calls creating a pulsating harmonic drone. Red lights whirl like a swarm of fireflies, or of planets in motion, like mesmerising orbits of colour.

ARCHIGRAM

Panel created by Archigram, about 1970, Museum no. CIRC.472-1974

Archigram created this panel in London during the early 1970s. Sixteen panels were produced as part of its submission to a competition for a new summer casino and club in Monte Carlo. This introductory panel was purchased by the V&A from the Archigram architectural practice in 1974, after the Monte Carlo project fell through in 1973.

THE SINGING TREE


THE AUDIO-VISUAL CAROL THAT EMANATES FROM THE SINGING TREE IS BROUGHT TO LIFE VIA MACHINE LEARNING AND THOUSANDS OF WORDS COLLECTED FROM THE PUBLIC.
EVERY VISITOR TO THE V&A IS INVITED TO CONTRIBUTE A WORD TO THE SINGING TREE. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE COMBINED AND PROCESSED BY A TEXT AND SOUND ALGORITHMS TRAINED ON 25 MILLION WORDS OF 19TH CENTURY POETRY.
THE CONSTANTLY REGENERATING CAROL IS ACCOMPANIED BY AN INTERACTIVE CHOIR OF HUMAN AND SYNTHESISED VOICES – AN INVITATION FOR OUR MACHINES TO SING ALONG WITH US.
THIS WORK TAKES ITS LEAD FROM THE ORIGINS OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE TRADITION POPULARISED IN 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND BY VICTORIA AND ALBERT, AND LATER ELECTRIFIED BY THOMAS EDISON. IT IS AN ANCIENT SYMBOL OF REGENERATION AND A FOCUS FOR CAROL SINGING COMMUNITIES.

Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet


Janet Cardiff‘s artwork Forty Part Motet 2001 is an audio installation reworking the sixteenth-century choral work Spem in Alium by English composer Thomas Talli.
The artist worked with the Salisbury Cathedral Choir to record 40 individual singers, playing each voice through its own corresponding speaker. The speakers are carefully positioned in eight different groups of five, responding to the structure of Tallis’s complex vocal piece, or motet. Each group forms a choir of five singers with different vocal ranges: a bass, baritone, tenor, alto and soprano.

BRIXELS


Brixel Mirror is a 19 foot wide by 6 foot-tall installation made up of 540 Brixels™, black on one side and mirrored on the other. Brixel Mirror is the first installation built by BREAKFAST to utilize their Brixels technology.
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Design studio Breakfast threw out that playbook with an extraordinary new demo of a technology it calls “Brixels” — a portmanteau for “bricks” and “pixels.” They’re smart blocks, kind of like giant Legos, with built-in actuators that let them transform on the fly, giving designers a new tool with which to create adaptable public and living spaces.

VIRTUAL LIVES: VR CHANGING MINDS


Researchers are studying whether “embodiment” – where you can see and control a virtual reality body – has effects in the real world.
Some experiments have suggested that giving people a virtual body can improve cognitive abilities and enhance their interest in a particular subject or reduce racial bias and domestic violence.