• Sold Out - Distorted Constellations - Opening Ceremony

  • Sat, 04-05-2019 at 17:00
  • Lighthouse
    28 Kensington Street
    BN1 4AJ Brighton
Sold Out - Distorted Constellations - Opening Ceremony - Lighthouse - Brighton

Enter an Afrofuturist, mythical landscape that explores what it’s like to see the world through someone else’s eyes.Opening CeremonyJoin us for a multisensory encounter presided over by Nwa-Kpa-Kpa-Ndo (one of Nwando Ebizie/ Lady Vendredi’s alter egos). An elemental journey through intimacy towards ecstatic release. Participate or spectate. Be scientist or artist. Allow your perceptions to alter.The ceremony will be introduced by artist Nwando Ebizie, followed by a performance with ritual practitioner and Haitian dancer Karine Label.You’ll then be invited to experience the installation, leading into an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) inspired storytelling performance by Nwando Ebizie: Cushions are brought into the space Three female performers walking around offering hair brushing, hand lotion, head massage etc. It's ok to say no to any touch. Touch will not be intimate. Pancakes are made. Food will be shared (vegan and gluten-free). There is no pressure to eat this food.Access Info:Distorted Constellations consists of a reception area, and two rooms. The rooms are called Install environment and Sensory Antechamber. All spaces are wheelchair accessible but the install is accessible via a lift.The Install is a large, dark room lit by projected lights and pictures. Some of the lights flash.Music will be playing during the performance. There are no sudden loud noises.Gauze and string are hung in the space. You can carefully touch the gauze and the string.You are invited to watch the visuals and listen to the sound. You may stand up, sit down or move around.You may leave the space and return to it at any time.Distorted ConstellationsDistorted Constellations is an exhibition that uses sound, projections and holograms to immerse the audience in the imagined landscape of the artist’s brain. The work is inspired by Ebizie’s rare neurological disorder Visual Snow, which causes visual distortions such as flickering dots, auras and glowing lines. The audience will experience a mythical version of the disorder, entering an alternate Afrofuturist (a black perspective on the politics and culture of science fiction and technology) reality, inspired by research into the neuroscience of perception and drawing on rituals of African origin.In the exhibition, partitions, screens and threads will create a labyrinth through the space, with walls doubling up as screens where holograms and videos are projected. These architectural elements will guide the audience through the space, and create the experience of Visual Snow. Distorted Constellations​ is an interdisciplinary exhibition that combines art and science, and aims to increase our understanding of rare neurological disorders and the subjective nature of sense perception. It is part of a 3-year research period for Ebizie in collaboration with neuroscientists, immersive technologists and artists.Sensory antechamberDuring Distorted Constellations one of our ground floor spaces will be transformed into a sensory antechamber, designed to complement the main installation. Feel free to spend time there before and after visiting the installation. The sensory space has been designed with the needs of neurodivergent people, including autistic people, in mind.The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances and public science experiments.Visual Snow is a little known, often debilitating condition suffered by people the world over. The artist is supporting Visual Snow Initiative raising money to fund research into finding a cure. For more information on Visual Snow go to: Visual Snow initiative / Visual Snow Foundation Distorted Constellations is co-presented by Lighthouse and Brighton Festival, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.Distorted Constellations was originally commissioned by Eclipse and HOME as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World. Funded by Wellcome Trust and Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists with funding support from Arts Council England.Supported by the South West Creative Technology Network