Glyndebourne partners with Photoworks to commission new film and sound installation

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PhotOperative is the latest project from Glyndebourne’s education department, in partnership with Photoworks, a visual arts organisation in Brighton. As part of this project, and together with the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea, Glyndebourne and Photoworks have co-commissioned Auditorium, a film and sound installation, which brings together the creative talents of artist Sophy Rickett and composer Ed Hughes to develop a new piece of exciting visual art.

The piece is created in response to the modern architecture of the new opera house and both contrasts with and complements the beauty of the South Downs and the traditions of Glyndebourne’s past. In Auditorium the artists have been working towards a cinematic language that expresses the complex relationship between moving imagery, music and sound.

Auditorium is the central focus of the multi-layered PhotOperative project, which began in 2005 and which combines three main elements: performance, exhibition and documentation. All these aspects are linked by an education project involving twelve music and photography students from East Sussex Academy of Music and Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College, together with the South Downs Youth Orchestra. PhotOperative gives the students the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from Sophy and Ed’s diverse working processes and the students’ own work mirrors the artists’ cross art-form commission, pairing up to produce six new pieces alongside the work of the main artists.


The PhotOperative project will culminate in a showing of Auditorium at Glyndebourne on Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm. Auditorium will be the central piece in a programme which will include the work of the students of East Sussex Academy of Music and Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College, along with music by Rossini and Schumann played by The South Downs Youth Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Warnes.


The installation Auditorium will also feature as part of the Triple Echo exhibition at the De la Warr Pavilion from 29 September 2007 (previews) to 6 January 2008.


Photoworks will publish a book in spring 2008 on this special project, including essays about the art works by Nicholas Till (Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, University of Sussex) and Chris Townsend (Senior Lecturer in Media Arts, Royal Holloway College, University of London), an extended interview with the artists, as well as full documentation of the project, the De la Warr exhibition and the Glyndebourne performance. A DVD of Auditorium will also be included