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    Nabihah Iqbal x Libby Heaney: Cascade

    Until 30 Jan
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    Nabihah Iqbal, musician, Purcell Sessions
    Shahir Iqbal

    Musician Nabihah Iqbal and visual artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney bottle the sounds, sights and meaning of water in an audio-visual performance.

    This collaborative project is part of our Purcell Sessions.

    Through field recordings of the Thames, AI-generated sounds and visuals, as well as music and words, Iqbal and Heaney plunge you into an immersive world of real and artificial water-scapes.

    In Cascade, the Thames serves as a focal point for the pair, pushing them to explore the materiality and symbolism attached to London’s river.

    Bringing to light different stories and experiences of the Thames that have been submerged by mainstream narratives, Iqbal and Heaney attempt to recalibrate the history surrounding the river, using artificial intelligence to scatter and interfere with biased, colonial histories.

    By blurring the boundaries which preserve the romance and grandeur of London’s great waterway, they rethink questions of identity, and what the Thames means in the context of contemporary Britain.

    The project features this performance and an installation. To find out more about the installation, follow the link in ‘Event information’, below.

    This project follows on from their previous collaboration, The Whole Earth Chanting, which explored the transcendental nature of human and non-human voice through field recordings, AI-generated sound and meditative composition.

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    Tickets are available to purchase on the door (subject to availability). The Ticket Office, Queen Elizabeth Hall, opens one hour before the start time of the event.

    As well as the evening live performances on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January, an accompanying installation is running across both days. Tickets to view the installation are £5.
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    Dates & times

    Until 30 Jan


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