Three Sound Sculptures

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Three Sound Sculptures | 15 December 2019 | 8:30pm | Swiss Church

In this newly commissioned work, composer Wojtek Blecharz and art curator Kasia Sobucka work with the Vocal Constructivists to transform sculptures by the constructivist artist Katarzyna Kobro (1898–1951) into musical compositions. Drawing on ideas from the Polish interwar avant-garde, they offer 21st-century audiences a way to experience directly the early 20th-century utopian belief in the ability of art to organize life and its functions. Expanding Unism’s four arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, and typography) to include sound and movement broadens visual art’s ability to achieve unity. Blecharz’s Sound Sculptures translate the colours and proportions of Kobro’s Spatial Compositions 4, 5, and 6 into musical structures and actions. Kobro understood sculpture in relation to human movement, time-space rhythm, and mathematical symbolism, particularly the 8:5 ratio. She and her constructivist contemporaries placed great emphasis on geometrical forms, and on ‘modern’ technologies, to access ideal harmonies and to create socially-orientated abstract art.

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The Swiss Church performance projects these ideas both literally and metaphorically. Using cutting-edge technology, 3D-scanned images of the sculptures will inform and direct the sounding events. Sculpture is particularly well suited to a multi-sensory spatialized interpretation. The Vocal Constructivists articulate not only the external borders of Kobro’s sculptures but also the inside, made accessible to the audience via the projections. The interior connects with the exterior in an open articulation that begins with the sculpture, moves out into the space, and finds resonance in the venue.

The Vocal Constructivists Perform Three Sound Sculptures
WHERE:Swiss Church
79 Endell St
London WC2H 9DY
WHEN:Sunday 15 December 2019, 20:30 – 21:30
PRICE:Full Price: £15.00
Concessions: £10.00
Tickets available in advance here