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KIMA – a multi-sensory immersive project at Union Chapel

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KIMA – a multi-sensory immersive project at Union Chapel 

In an epochal site-specific performance night, London based art collective Analema Group and the Union Chapel Organ Project transformed Union Chapel’s ornate wooden ceiling into a canvas for real time visual music. KIMA – ‘wave’ in ancient Greek – interprets music as interplay of light and form, an artistic quest for a new reading of sound. KIMA uses mathematical equations of cymatics – sound waves creating patterns on matter to organize sound in visual way.

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Evgenia Emets, founder of Analema Group explained how visual music helped to reveal the 1877 Henry Willis Organ, hitherto hidden for the audience behind the screen. The collaboration with the Organ Project and Claire M Singer, Music Director at Union Chapel evolved to inviting some of contemporary music’s foremost talents. With Analema Groups expertise in extending musical and visual experiences led to a spectacular live interpretation of sound as light at Union Chapel.

Audience witnessed a visual rendition of sound waves on the carved ceiling echoing nature, through the art of projection mapping. World-class musicians and a dancer presented three pieces that together questioned the relationship between sound, motion, geometry and colour. A sophisticated spatial sound design by Alain Renaud created a bespoke acoustic in this incredible venue. Analema Group’s Oliver Gingrich explained that this unique collaboration between musicians and visual artists wouldn’t have been possible without Arts Council England, projectors from Hawthorns and the Union Chapel Organ Project.

The night saw three improvisations: In Mare Undarum, Joby Burgess (powerplant) performed percussion improvisation with Claire M Singer – accompanied by the dancer Estela Merlos (previously at Rambert Dance Company). The second piece, Axis Mundi, brought together Robert Ames, London Contemporary Orchestra’s artistic director and Laura Moody (Elysian Quartet) and Claire M Singer on the organ. The evening came to a close with an sublime and elevating performance by Emily Burn (Voice) who created a celestial vocal scape to Claire M Singer’s mesmerising crescendo and KIMA’s visual firework inside the Union Chapel’s architecture.

KIMA concludes an almost two-year development by Analema Group and various collaborations with musicians, dancers and festivals. Enriched by Jackson Tayler (Hexmap) and his projection mapping skills, and the visual developer Marcel Schwittlick, the team broke new ground, translating music into visible light and form. Further developments will see collaborations with large scale orchestras and site-specific spatial experiences in the UK, Europe, Russia and Japan. The collective aims for intuitive experiences of the relationships between sound and vision, elaborate music representation in color, form and motion, and to develop a multi-sensory tool for both audiences and performers to create and experience music.

KIMA was made possible through Arts Council England Funding. The project was supported by partners Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival, the CDE – Center for Digital Entertainment and Bournemouth University.

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Analema Group 

Analema Group is a London based arts collective, a group of artists, researchers, programmers and sound designers. Analema Group acts as a single voice, on the principle of synergy. Analema Group’s core team consists of Evgenia Emets (Artistic Director), Oliver Gingrich (Producer) and Alain Renaud (Sound Designer). Enriched by Marcel Schwittlick and Jackson Tayler, Analema Group aims to create new experiences on the intersection between art and technology.

Analema Group’s mission is to reflect on the nature of perceptual phenomena, exploring the relationships between sound, colour, light, movement and form. Analema Group presents participatory art and music filling the gap between performers and audiences. Developing an art of the future, Analema Group sends participants on a journey, enabling them to go deeper, questioning our senses, touching the boundaries of perception.

www.analemagroup.com

analema.group@gmail.com

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The Henry Willis Organ and the Union Chapel Organ Project 

Union Chapel is a Grade I listed building and a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture. The unusual octagonally shaped chapel was designed by James Cubitt and dedicated in December 1877. A few weeks later the new organ was inaugurated. Designed and built especially for this space by master organ builder Henry “Father” Willis, the Chapel’s organ is generally recognised as a world-class instrument and its role at the heart of the Chapel was widely celebrated. However over the years it gradually declined and became unreliable. Fortunately, with the support of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the organ was fully repaired and restored in 2012-13 by Durham organ builders Harrison & Harrison and The Union Chapel Organ Project was launched.

The aim of The Organ Project is to make our Henry Willis Organ more accessible to our local community and beyond – through arts, music and education. Our goal is not only to honour the legacy of this very special instrument by keeping up a regular organ recital diary, but also to programme concerts right across the genre pool, breathing fresh life into the organ by having it performed in styles which have never previously been attempted on a mechanical organ. These concerts continue to demonstrate how versatile the organ can be and that it is not simply a church instrument, but in fact the world’s first synthesizer which can be incorporated into most genres of music. This versatility is also reflected in our education strand for adults and children, which provides an opportunity for people to learn about the organ through their chosen art form.

Music Director – Claire Singer

Project Administrator – Janet Gilbert

organproject@unionchapel.org.uk

www.unionchapel.org.uk

Estela Merlos about KIMA project at Union Chapel

Estela Merlos is talking about the piece Mare Undarum, which she is creating in collaboration with Analema Group, Claire M Singer and Joby Burgess. It will be performed within KIMA at Union Chapel on 22 March 2015.

Tickets available at http://store.unionchapel.org.uk/…/22-mar-15–kima—music-…/

Analema Group www.analemagroup.com

KIMA – music like you’ve never seen before

22 March 2015 – 20.00 pm, doors 19.00 pm

 

Analema Group and the Union Chapel Organ Project

 
 

KIMA – music like you’ve never seen before

 

Evolution of Motion, Sound, Geometry and Colour

 

With special guests:

Claire M Singer – Organ
Joby Burgess – Percussion (Powerplant)
Estela Merlos – Dance
Laura Moody – Cello (Elysian Quartet)
Robert Ames- Viola (LCO)
Emily Burn – Voice (Voice)

 

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Programme (with 2 intervals)
MARE UNDARUM
AXIS MUNDI
AURORA

 

Music for your eyes and ears. Based on a natural phenomena, brought to life using leading technology – KIMA paints music in light on the incredible architecture of the Union Chapel. In collaboration with contemporary music’s foremost talents, Analema Group and the Organ Project present a unique audio-visual performance, centred around the Henry Willis Organ (1877). KIMA at the Union Chapel offers an entirely new way to experience music.

KIMA – ‘wave’ in ancient Greek – interprets music as interplay of light and form, an artistic quest for a new reading of music. The project enables collaborative participation in the process of music making and listening, investigating visual properties of sound.

The project is unique in creating an experience for both musicians and audience alike to feel and see music, to learn about its inner relationship through visual geometric patterns. Claire M. Singer, Joby Burgess, Laura Moody, Robert Ames & Emily Burn explore visual representations of music in Analema Group’s new creation centred around the Henry Willis Organ.

KIMA is a multi-layered, real-time, interactive art piece – based on mathematical equations derived from the physical world around us. Analema Group builds on early sound representation experiments by Skriabin, Kandinsky, Fischinger, Whitney, and other artists – creating a visual exploration of sound as a synaesthetic and physical phenomenon. In collaboration between visual and performing artists, we explore how motion, sound, symmetry and colour interact.

The evening features three improvisations of the organ in collaboration with percussion, dance, viola, cello and voice, performed by outstanding contemporary musicians and a dancer. KIMA questions relationship between music and visual form, movement and structure, colour and light. Union Chapel’s unique carved ceiling becomes a canvas for patterns and colour as properties of sound – transforming each performance into an immersive, multi-sensory experience.

KIMA has been published in Leonardo Journal, SIGGRAPH, EVA Conference and presented at Kinetica Art Fair, Watermans Centre and the International Youth Arts Festival at Kingston.

The Union Chapel Organ Project, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Hawthorn, CDE, Incloodu, and London Contemporary Orchestra support the event.

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Analema Group

 

Analema Group is a London based arts collective, a group of artists, researchers, programmers and sound designers. Analema Group acts as a single voice, on the principle of synergy. Analema Group’s core team consists of Evgenia Emets (Artistic Director), Oliver Gingrich (Producer) and Alain Renaud (Sound Designer). Enriched by Marcel Schwittlick and Jackson Taylor, Analema Group aims to create new experiences on the intersection between art and technology.

Analema Group’s mission is to reflect on the nature of perceptual phenomena, exploring the relationships between sound, colour, light, movement and form. Analema Group presents participatory art and music filling the gap between performers and audiences. Developing an art of the future, Analema Group sends participants on a journey, enabling them to go deeper, questioning our senses, touching the boundaries of perception.

 

Evgenia Emets – Artistic Director
Oliver Gingrich – Producer
Alain Renaud – Sound Design
Marcel Schwittlick – Visualisation
Jackson Tayler – Mapping

Web: http://www.analemagroup.com
Email: analema.group@gmail.com
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The Henry Willis Organ and the Union Chapel Organ Project



Union Chapel is a Grade I listed building and a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture. The unusual octagonally shaped chapel was designed by James Cubitt and dedicated in December 1877. A few weeks later the new organ was inaugurated. Designed and built especially for this space by master organ builder Henry “Father” Willis, the Chapel’s organ is generally recognised as a world-class instrument and its role at the heart of the Chapel was widely celebrated. However over the years it gradually declined and became unreliable. Fortunately, with the support of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the organ was fully repaired and restored in 2012-13 by Durham organ builders Harrison & Harrison and The Union Chapel Organ Project was launched.

The aim of The Organ Project is to make our Henry Willis Organ more accessible to our local community and beyond – through arts, music and education. Our goal is not only to honour the legacy of this very special instrument by keeping up a regular organ recital diary, but also to programme concerts right across the genre pool, breathing fresh life into the organ by having it performed in styles which have never previously been attempted on a mechanical organ. These concerts continue to demonstrate how versatile the organ can be and that it is not simply a church instrument, but in fact the world’s first synthesizer which can be incorporated into most genres of music. This versatility is also reflected in our education strand for adults and children, which provides an opportunity for people to learn about the organ through their chosen art form.

 

Music Director – Claire Singer
Project Administrator – Janet Gilbert
organproject@unionchapel.org.uk

 

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace N1 2UN

 

Tickets: £10/£7 conc. + advanced booking fee via http://www.unionchapel.org.uk

 

KIMA installation and performance at Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival 2015 at Rich Mix London

KIMA was part of the Incloodu festival at Rich Mix – Deaf Arts Festival. We have presented an installation in collaboration with Robert Jack’s vibration chair. Audience could sit on the chair, sing into the microphones and experience sound as vibration through the surface of the chair and in visual form on the screen.

 

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In the evening KIMA performance featured Nao Masuda – percussion, Jonathan Cope – voice, and Evgenia Emets – voice.

 

Performance KIMA INcloodu

Starting work on the new Kima with new members of our team!

We are stepping into the New Year with the new very exciting development for Kima project, which will involve us working on some new techniques and with the new members of our team Marcel Schwittlick (Visual Development) and Jackson Tayler (Projection Mapping).

We are grateful for all the amazing opportunities and encounters of the 2014 and looking forward to hours of testing, rehearsals, creative insights and finally our show in March at the Union Chapel!

 

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Video from Kima at Kinetica 2014 installation

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KIMA was setup with two microphones for two sound inputs, used by up to two people at a time. Two sets of headphones present an immersive sound design: each one of the participants can hear one another as well as beautiful spatial arrangements – as if being in a large hall with wonderful acoustics.

Participants experience a real-time visualisation of their sonic collaboration – expressed in cymatic pattern projected on the screen.

 

 

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First Kima rehearsal at the Union Chapel

 

With Oliver Gingrich, Alain Renaud, Jackson Tayler and Claire Singer

 

Claire Singer playing organ

 

 

Oliver, Alain and Jackson testing video mapping on the ceiling of the Chapel

 

 

In the Union Chapel Space

 

 

Rehearsal at the Union Chapel

With support of the Arts Council and the Union Chapel

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