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The Morning Line, Istanbul, Turkey

Friday 21 May 2010

Inspiring installations

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Visually stunning new art installation created in artist-architect collaboration 

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary is to celebrate Istanbul's art program in the framework of European Capital of Culture 2010 with the the opening of The Morning Line.

Designed as a sonic pavilion by Matthew Ritchie with ArandaLasch and Arup AGU, together with Tony Myatt and the Music Research Center at York University, The Morning Line explores the disciplinary interplays between art, architecture, sound, mathematics, cosmology, and science and offers a platform for exchange and interaction within these fields.

The Morning Line represents a substantial development of Matthew Ritchie's decade-long artistic research to devise a personal cosmology rendered through a 'semasiographic' visual language that is abstract and modular, and that can be entered at any point to construct an 'intertranslatable space'. This space proliferates through a crystalline structure and can be described by the infinite arrangement of modular parts.

As one of its essential elements, Matthew Ritchie conceived the pavilion’s 'sonic identity'. The Morning Line is saturated with fourty speakers, using a unique interactive ambisonic sound system, conceived by the Music Research Centre of York University.

For the presentation in Istanbul, guest sound curator Russell Haswell has invited Jana Winderen, Peter Zinovieff, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Yasunao Tone to conceive new sonic works, commissioned by T-B A21. Two other new works by Ghostigital and Jónsi & Alex are also being presented for the first time. The Morning Line will be on display in Eminönü Square, Istanbul from 23rd May until 19th September 2010.

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