KIMA – a multi-sensory immersive project at Union Chapel
In an epochal site-specific performance night, London based art collective Analema Group and the Union Chapel Organ Project transformed Union Chapel’s ornate wooden ceiling into a canvas for real time visual music. KIMA – ‘wave’ in ancient Greek – interprets music as interplay of light and form, an artistic quest for a new reading of sound. KIMA uses mathematical equations of cymatics – sound waves creating patterns on matter to organize sound in visual way.
The night saw three improvisations: In Mare Undarum, Joby Burgess (powerplant) performed percussion improvisation with Claire M Singer – accompanied by the dancer Estela Merlos (previously at Rambert Dance Company). The second piece, Axis Mundi, brought together Robert Ames, London Contemporary Orchestra’s artistic director and Laura Moody (Elysian Quartet) and Claire M Singer on the organ. The evening came to a close with an sublime and elevating performance by Emily Burn (Voice) who created a celestial vocal scape to Claire M Singer’s mesmerising crescendo and KIMA’s visual firework inside the Union Chapel’s architecture.
KIMA concludes an almost two-year development by Analema Group and various collaborations with musicians, dancers and festivals. Enriched by Jackson Tayler (Hexmap) and his projection mapping skills, and the visual developer Marcel Schwittlick, the team broke new ground, translating music into visible light and form. Further developments will see collaborations with large scale orchestras and site-specific spatial experiences in the UK, Europe, Russia and Japan. The collective aims for intuitive experiences of the relationships between sound and vision, elaborate music representation in color, form and motion, and to develop a multi-sensory tool for both audiences and performers to create and experience music.
Analema Group is a London based arts collective, a group of artists, researchers, programmers and sound designers. Analema Group acts as a single voice, on the principle of synergy. Analema Group’s core team consists of Evgenia Emets (Artistic Director), Oliver Gingrich (Producer) and Alain Renaud (Sound Designer). Enriched by Marcel Schwittlick and Jackson Tayler, Analema Group aims to create new experiences on the intersection between art and technology.
Analema Group’s mission is to reflect on the nature of perceptual phenomena, exploring the relationships between sound, colour, light, movement and form. Analema Group presents participatory art and music filling the gap between performers and audiences. Developing an art of the future, Analema Group sends participants on a journey, enabling them to go deeper, questioning our senses, touching the boundaries of perception.