Permutations is an interactive artwork and a synthesis of architecture and music which lasts 18 minutes. It invites the listeners to explore a new work of music through playing the acoustics of six adjustable chambers. Audience members can treat the space itself as a musical instrument: the listener becomes the performer.
Permutations is a performance artwork piece by Freya Waley-Cohen, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen, and an architectural installation by Architect Finbarr O’Dempsey and Architectural Designer Andrew Skulina.
The creators wanted to develop a way for listeners to get inside of complex counterpoint, give autonomy over performance experience to listeners and explore the powerful relationship between architecture and music.
The composition is written for six equal recorded violin parts. The architectural intervention is a set of six movable chambers which spatially distribute the recorded violin parts in Permutations.
For this incarnation of Permutations and especially for LightNight dancers will perform a site-specific piece responding to the installation around the theme of ‘Ritual’.
This event is part of the tenth annual LightNight Liverpool, the free one-night arts festival, which is taking place on Friday 17 May 2019.
On LightNight, Liverpool springs to life for a Friday night out like no other. With new commissions and a packed programme of more than 100 events, the festival offers an unforgettable experience to be enjoyed with friends and family. Venues across the city will stay open late to present live music, workshops, theatre, exhibitions and much more.
For 2019 LightNight explores personal and collective rituals, from the spiritual to the habitual, and consider how they help us to understand the world and define, or transcend, our place within it.