How do we “see” music? And how can we visualise music regardless of our hearing ability?

These questions have inspired our new project with The Light Surgeons who hosted an intensive two-day animation workshop exploring “visual music” at the amazing Stour Space in Hackney Wick, East London on the 27th & 28th of October 2018.

12 participants, a mix of hearing, D/deaf and partial hearing participants took part in this process, with four different animation techniques explored in the workshops each being lead by a different artist. We have the absolute pleasure to be working with animator Emily Scaife and visual artist Rueben Sutherland (Sculpture) on this project. Two of these animation units explored the translation of a piece of existing music into a collaborative animation and two explored the generation of silent animations that will then inform a new piece of music.

The resulting work from the workshop is being edited into hort experimental films that will feature on the Anim18 website and that will be screened at a special showcase event in the Theatre space at Rich Mix on the 1st of December this year, with live performances from artists working in mixed AV media including Emily Scaife, Sculpture, The Light Surgeons and cymatics artist Zach Walker. More info on the live event including tickets available here.

This initial phase of the project is being supported by a grant from Anim18, a year-long celebration of British Animation led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter and being developed in collaboration with Live Cinema UK. Our long-term goal for the project is to create a new live cinema show that is partly audiovisual performance and partly expanded lecture that will bring both deaf and hearing audiences together to explore participation and interaction on a multitude of levels.