Future City: ‘Chorus’ by Ray Lee

Thursday 3 April 2014 - Saturday 5 April 2014
Venue: The Lowry Plaza, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Event Type: Arts

Thursday 3 April 7.00pm, 9.00pm, 10.00pm
Friday 4 April 7.00pm, 9.00pm, 10.00pm
Saturday 5 April 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 9.00pm.

Anybody who has visited The Quays knows it is an iconic location of both historical significance and technological innovation. This stunning festival, Future City, reflects that perfectly, with artworks that combine humour, current affairs and awareness of place or refer back to Manchester’s history.

Audiences are invited to come and enjoy each of these artworks for free over four weekends. A series of artists’ talks will run alongside the festival hosted by Future City’s partners and co-curators, University of Salford.

Chorus, by British Composer of the Year 2012 Ray Lee, is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines.

Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present. Tiny lights create the effect of planets in motion, creating mesmerising orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a hypnotic, harmonious whole that is both uplifting and transfixing.