Illuminating the Museum 2016

 

 Illuminating the Museum 2016 – Hopes & Fears

Fusion Arts and Luxmuralis worked closely with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and  Pitt Rivers Museum to produce son et lumière – a light and sound spectacular – of Hopes and Fears on 18th November 2016 .

Illuminating the Museum 2016 “Hopes & Fears” delivered a spectacular light and sound display across the whole front facade of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The kaleidoscopic imagery of collection objects weaved across the outside of the neo-gothic Museum exposing the sheer scale of the structure and highlighting the beauty of the objects within. The building transformed into a living sculpture. Accompanied by a soundtrack composed from Pitt Rivers Museum’s audio archive. Opening up the archives to the public. A free awe inspiring four storey canvas of human endeavour and discovery.

 

 

 

light tagging Oxford Christmas Light Festival 2016

 

Read Pitt Rivers Museum Education Blog about the Light and Sound event here

See Luxmuralis‘ portfolio showing video highlights from a plethora of light and sound events in the UK and abroad. http://projectionartgallery.com/

Luxmuralis Artwork for Illuminating the Museum with Fusion Arts, in partnership with OUMNH & Pitt Rivers Museum - images and sound from museum's collections and archive  Luxmuralis Artwork for Illuminating the Museum with Fusion Arts, in partnership with OUMNH & Pitt Rivers Museum - images and sound from museum's collections and archive

Illuminating the Museum 2016 - Hopes and Fears. Illuminating the Museum 2016 - Hopes and Fears.

Partners and Supporters:

Luxmuralis, Illuminating the Museum 2016 in partnership with Fusion Arts with OUMNH & Pitt Rivers Museum – images and sound from museum’s collections and archive.

Fusion Arts http://fusion-arts.org

Luxmuralis http://luxmuralis.com

Oxford University Museum of Natural History http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk

Pitt Rivers Museum https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk

Illuminating the Museum 2016 – Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Fusion Arts is supported by Oxford City Council

 

BACKGROUND AND PRESS RELEASE:

ILLUMINATING the MUSEUM 2016

Illuminating the Museum 2016 18th November 2016, 18:30-22:00 free.    30mins duration, repeated throughout the evening.

 

Fusion Arts and Luxmuralis are teaming up to bring a light and sound spectacular to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History son et lumière of Hopes and Fears on 18th November 2016.

 

Sculptor Peter Walker and local composer David Harper will create a new artwork through exploring the OUMNH and the Pitt Rivers Museum hidden collections and archive alongside staff, curators, and researchers.  Social anthropologist Kathryn Walker will work with museum engagement teams and members of the public to discover their “hopes and fears” identifying artefacts of significance to them and their communities to help form the artwork.

 

Illuminating the Museum 2016 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  On the evening of the 18th November audiences will have opportunity to experience a son et lumière, witnessing projections of the artwork and unseen objects across the whole front facade of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on a magnificent scale.  Bringing excellent art and art experiences on to the streets.  A temporary public art piece for Oxford and it’s diverse communities to experience for free from the lawn outside the Museum.  Opening up the museum collections bringing the inside outside.

 

 

Hopes and Fears forms part of the national Being Human Festival, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be lit up at night for visitors to explore the theme of Hopes and Fears: Life, Death, Extinction & InvasionPitt Rivers Museum will be looking at how different cultures manage the hopes and fears surrounding life and death through ritual, social culture and community. The University Museum of Natural History will explore hopes and fears through the concept of invasion and extinction in the animal world.  Illuminating the Museum will adorn the facade of the OUMNH to accompany the evening event to be experienced by attendees and passers-by alike.

 

Illuminating the Museum is part of the build up to this year’s annual Christmas Light Festival produced by Oxford City Council and Ian Nolan Events.  This years theme is “Winter Tales” from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November with lots of exciting events Over the weekend of the festival, Oxford’s cultural organisations will come together to present a dazzling array of performances, exhibitions, events and workshops. 

 

Illuminating the Museum 2016 18th November 2016, 18:30-22:00 free. Duration and repeated every 30mins.  http://www.fusion-arts.org & http://luxmuralis.com

 

Hopes and Fears event inside the Museums, 18th November 2016 19:00-22:00. Entry £3 per person or, 4 for £10  https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/afterhours

 

Christmas Light Festival 25th – 27th November 2016, multiple events and workshops focused around The Castle, Broad Street & Gloucester Green. http://www.oxfordschristmas.com

        

For additional info contact:  Kieran Cox, Fusion Arts  info@fusion-arts.org 01865245735

 

 

Editors Notes for Illuminating the Museum 2016:

 

Son et Lumière comes to Oxford.

No parking on site.  Parking available nearby on St Giles’ Street. Park & Ride suggested.

Don’t forget to dress weather appropriate – Wrap up warm and bring a brolly   

 

Fusion Arts

Fusion Arts is a community arts organisation delivering meaningful, inclusive and accessible arts experiences.

Fusion Arts aims to enrich lives through quality arts experiences, supporting artists, removing barriers and increasing community cohesion.

Fusion Arts’ mission is to nurture creative talent and improve lives and community cohesion through creative practice. Illuminating the Museum 2016 increases the arts available to all. It will be free to the audience, high quality, high impact and inspirational. Fusion Arts is supporting artists and working with partners to produce a quality arts experience that is free to the public and takes the arts out of the institution and into the streets of the city allowing for those not engaged as arts audiences to encounter the artworks.

http://www.fusion-arts.org

 

Luxmuralis

Luxmuralis are a collaborative team combining lead artist Peter Walker and Composer and Oxford resident, David Harper – creating works across multiple media and presentation formats. The primary purpose of Luxmuralis is to take art onto the streets and provide access to visual artwork in public as well as unexpected places.

http://luxmuralis.com

 

Peter Walker

Currently Peter is Artist in Residence at Litchfield Cathedral.  Peter brings this experience of large scale projection work to help realise this project as a high quality, high impact new artwork. Recent work from Luxmuralis include: Portsmouth Festivities, the Launch for the European City of Sport 2016, A Cathedral in Lights for Lichfield Cathedral and ‘Before Action’ to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Litchfield Cathedral.

http://projectartgallery.com

http://www.lichfield-cathedral.org/about-us/artist-in-residence

 

David Harper

David Harper is a collaborative artist working with artists from multiple disciplines he is lead composer for the Luxmuralis team. David has been working in composition for over 15 years and has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and multiple theatre productions. David is an experienced performer and has composed music for various media including film, TV, theatre, sonic art, mixed-media and art installations.  Recent work from Luxmuralis include : Portsmouth Festivities, the Launch for the European City of Sport 2016, A Cathedral in Lights for Lichfield Cathedral and ‘Vinovisione Performed as part of Calici di Stelle 2015, festival of wine Italy. ‘Before Action’ to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Litchfield Cathedral.  Up coming work includes Penryn 800 Son-et-Lumiere

http://davidharpermusic.com

 

Kathryn Walker

Kathryn is a researcher who works outside of institutions within communities and can be described as developing a socially engaged artistic practice. Currently Kathryn’s research is focused upon aspects of British culture, the projects here offer an insight into the microcosms found within fields of research that have been studied in the UK to gain insight into anthropological areas of investigation, and will be of interest to anyone currently looking at areas such as: Material culture, History, Art, Environmental Landscape, Economy, Health and Education.

http://socialanthropologist.co.uk

 

Project Quote: 

 

Peter Walker of Luxmuralis on Illuminating the Museum 2016  “The Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers collections offer a wonderful and rich resource for both the city and the UK and as artist to bring the visual and sound archives to new audiences via a fine art projection onto the facade of the building is a wonderful project to be involved in” 

 

Previous Luxmuralis events: follow links for images and videos

 

A Cathedral Illuminated 2015 http://projectionartgallery.com/index.php/2015/12/31/the-cathedral-illuminated/

‘The Cathedral Illuminated’ was a 2 day large scale projection event onto the West Front of Lichfield Cathedral. The 40min show was repeated 6 times each evening drawing a crowd of around 6000 people.

‘A Spectacular Sound and Light Show’ BBC (Midlands Today)

‘Beautiful Festive Illumination’  ‘A Stunning Display of Christmas Projections’ Lichfield Mercury

‘Wonder at Cathedral’s Light Spectacular’ Express and Star

 

The Second Day 2016  – Lichfield Festival –http://projectionartgallery.com/index.php/2016/07/21/the-second-day/

Staffs Regimental Museum – “That’s Amazing”

F.Dale “Really Amazing Thank you”

A.Alan ” Stunning”

W.Cubilow “We sat and watch it twice so beautiful”

Speak “Lichfield Came together last night to remember the Somme amazing light show thank you”

L.Soden ” Incredible”

D.Gibbons “Excellent light show fitting tribute the the fallen of the Somme”

S.Deakin “Very impressive, beautifully created look forward to future events”

Cannock Chase Military History – “Done Properly well done Lichfield”

S.Spackman “Very tasteful done”

P.Ingram “A wonderful light and music show thank you all”

Workspace “A wonderful Tribute”

Ex Soldier on the evening – “It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen, I served in Iraq and you just paid the best tribute you could to these chaps”

 

Before Action (Eddie Redmayne) http://projectionartgallery.com/index.php/2016/08/11/before-action/

 

Portsmouth Electric Lumiere 2016 – Portsmouth Cathedral and at Garrison Church  

http://projectionartgallery.com/index.php/2016/08/19/portsmouth-cathedral-son-et-lumiere/  “Spectacular light show” 

 

Partners and Supporters

Fusion Arts http://fusion-arts.org

Luxmuralis http://luxmuralis.com

Oxford University Museum of Natural History http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk

Pitt Rivers Museum https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk

Illuminating the Museum 2016 – Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Fusion Arts is supported by Oxford City Council