EXHIBITIONS AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES:
ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE, NEWBURY BERKSHIRE – JANUARY 2017
ARABIC BRITISH CENTRE, CENTRAL LONDON – MARCH 2017
THE LIGHTHOUSE, WOLVERHAMPTON – MAY 2017
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Works at Lighthouse open to public from 1st May – 21st May 2017
AUDIOVISABILITY – The Magic of the East 6 – 10 March 2017 at The Arab British Centre
The Arab British Centre proudly hosts AUDIOVISABILITY – The Magic of the East, supported by Arts Council England and Decibels Year of Sound. A unique showcase of visual art works, Audiovisability draws together music and deafness through the individual experiences of a number of hearing and Deaf artists.
The name ‘audiovisability’ comes from three separate words: ‘audio’ (sound/music), ‘vision’, and ‘ability’. Generally, society perceives Deaf people as having an ‘audio disability’; however, ‘audiovisability’ challenges the conventional understanding of music, and highlights that Deaf people are able to listen to, appreciate, and interpret music, particularly through its inherently visual nature.
The lead artist for this exhibition is Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, a Deaf textile artist whose work is influenced by world cultures – particularly Arab and Western. Omeima was invited to participate in a research & development project called Audiovisability funded by Arts Council England which focused on music being interpreted visually in various art forms. Her particular area of study was ‘structures’ in music for both Arabic and Western styles. The outcomes of her research revealed interesting patterns of symmetry and asymmetry, key, theme and mood changes, as well as ratios of time units.
The Magic of the East, which also gives title to the exhibition, is a piece composed for flute, violin, viola and cello by Waseem Kotoub, a British/Syrian pianist and composer. The inspiration for this piece is derived from a traditional Syrian love song, الأسمر اللون (Al asmar al lon) which tells the story of a woman singing for the man she loves with dark eyes – a dark-skinned Arab man with large, dark eyes – to come home from work in the fields. Waseem’s music also draws influence from Islamic architecture and reflects numerous elements of traditional Arabic music and culture.
After working with Waseem and Deaf musician Ruth Montgomery, Omeima learned that the music appeared to be structured in five separate sections with returning themes in between (rondo form), which is something often featured in geometry and architecture. This is clearly reflected in Omeima’s textiles pieces where she incorporates traditional designs and Arabic calligraphy.
In contrast, Omeima also analysed Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s piece in D major opus KV285 written in 1777 for flute and string quartet. The different themes and motifs recurrent in Mozart’s music are represented in Omeima’s work with various shapes and patterns resulting in stunning silk pieces. Through her work, Omeima demonstrates that music can be structured like a written essay with an introduction followed by a thesis and ending with a conclusion.
The exhibition also features the work of two professional artists Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq (Deaf) and Lisa Harker (hearing), whose paintings on canvas respond to a live performance of The Magic of the East by Waseem Kotoub.
A highly revealing, new and ground breaking project, Audiovisability – The Magic of the East leads the spectator through a thoughtful and deeply integrated arts experience, portraying music in a visually compelling and refreshingly humanistic way.
Exhibition Dates: 6 – 10 March 2017
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10:30 – 17:30 and Friday 10:30 – 16:30 Saturday & Sunday: closed
Private view with string quartet performance: 7 March 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Read more at http://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/event/audiovisability-the-magic-of-the-east-exhibition/#1RZM5xfwGTG70Fmv.99
ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE NOVEMBER 2016 – JANUARY 2017.
Private viewing Saturday 14th January 2017 2.30pm