Press Release: Late Shift Extra: ReAnimate

Press Release                                    

2 August 2011

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO BE FIRST MUSEUM TO CREATE A FIVE-SENSE VISITOR EXPERIENCE … FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Late Shift Extra: ReAnimate
Curated by Martyn Ware, Illustrious and Karen Pearson, Folded Wing

National Portrait Gallery
Friday 5 August 2011, 6-10pm

Late Shift, in partnership with FTI Consulting

For one night only the National Portrait Gallery will become the first museum to offer a total sensory visitor experience where people can listen to sonic landscapes and DJ sets, see exhibitions and films, taste cocktails and even be intoxicated by a specially created perfume. The event is set to be one of the most far-reaching explorations of the power of the senses.

On Friday 5 August, as part of the Gallery’s programme of late openings, Late Shift, in partnership with FTI Consulting, ReAnimate will be a night to indulge the senses. Exploring body and movement, the evening is inspired by the Gallery’s recently-opened Road to 2012: Changing Pace exhibition of portraits of Olympic and Paralympic participants.

Curated in partnership with Martyn Ware, Illustrious and Karen Pearson, Folded Wing, ReAnimate will offer sonic soundscapes, an artist’s panel discussion, an exclusive DJ set from Illum Sphere and a Philosophy Salon on the subject of Sound Thinking and Bodies led by film-maker Julian Henriques.

There will be live performances by Andreya Triana, a self-taught, experimental singer/songwriter, Ben Westbeech, a DJ, singer and producer and Marvin Ayres, a British composer/cellist/pianist/producer who, has released minimalist and modern classical orchestral music for both himself and other recording artists.  A founding member of The Government, Marvin also made solo contributions to many bands and artist’s albums, notably Culture Club, Simply Red, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Prefab Sprout.  

Responding to the themes of ‘Art, Invention and Thought’, Illum Sphere’s soundscape for the evening attempts to reflect the work of such sitters in Gallery portraits as Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, Brunel and Stephenson. Inspired by the Gallery’s portrait of Katherine Parr, Mira Calix’s piece features lyrics inspired by letters written by Parr to Henry VIII whilst he was in France. Marvin Ayres’s Anthromorphic draws on the history of the feuding relationships represented within Gallery portraits and re-animates these connections with the sound of a distant, echoing piano.   

As a counterpoint to Only Connect, an experimental new Gallery display, Martyn Ware has taken quotes from the sitters to create a conversation played alongside his own musical interpretations of selected composers’ most famous works.

Brian Duffy’s installation It is no spirit who from Heaven has flown was recorded using the Optophonic Lunaphone, an instrument of his own invention, and is inspired by the portrait of astronomer Sir William Huggins.

Artist Tracey Moberly has saved every single text she has ever received since 1999. Taking inspiration from Gallery portraits, she identifies texts from her archive to create an aural narrative representing the Gallery’s Collection.

An experimental performance from Di Mainstone and Adam Stark will create The Atmospheric Railway. Inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it is a unique wearable instrument in a series of special 10-minute performances by dancer Holly Miller.

Goldsmiths students have photographed over 500 people in the five Olympic host  boroughs to create a digital clock projected in the Main Hall which will be available to download as a screensaver, www.npg.org.uk/roadto2012 Visitors can also experience the students’ filmed portraits of London-based athletes during three very different moments of training – preparation, participation and rest – and which also include the internal sounds of the body during training.

The sensory experience extends beyond films, talks and performances as a reanimate perfume created especially for Late Shift by scent artist Sissel Tolaas will fill the Gallery’s spaces with extraordinary fragrances. Visitors will be able to taste specially-created ReAnimate cocktails in a two-for-one drinks offer at Late Shift bar with tickets bought for the Gallery’s current exhibition Glamour of the Gods. And there are drop-in drawing sessions led by a professional artist.  All events are free but tickets are required for some activities. Please visit the website for more information at www.npg.org.uk/lateshift  

Folded Wing are also producing a podcast which will go live after the event and will feature interviews with performing artists and will include the soundscapes also at www.npg.org.uk/lateshift

ReAnimate is the sixth Late Shift Extra since the launch of the National Portrait Gallery’s Late Shift programme of late night openings at the Gallery last year. The Late Shift runs every week from 6pm-9pm on Thursday and Friday nights. Thanks to the support of FTI Consulting, this is the first time the Gallery has been able to present such an ambitious late-opening events programme.  

Erin O’Connor, who launched Late Shift says: Late Shift is a brilliant way to encourage people to explore the arts in the evening. Every Thursday and Friday visitors can enjoy free talks and music and a great atmosphere over a glass of wine - as well as brilliant exhibitions and regularly changing displays. The Gallery’s central location makes it perfect for evening and after-work audiences who might not normally be able to enjoy everything the Gallery has to offer.’

Jack Dunn, president and chief executive officer, FTI Consulting, says: ‘Since we launched the Late Shift in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in May 2010 we have been proud to play our part in unlocking art and culture for new and increasingly diverse audiences. The success enjoyed by the Late Shift has provided the platform from which we are able to host exciting new projects such as ReAnimate’.

For further press information, please contact: Neil Evans, Press Office, National Portrait Gallery: Tel. 020 7312 2452 (not for publication) / Email nevans@npg.org.uk

For further information on FTI Consulting, please contact: Sebastian Mathews, Vice President FD Corporate: Tel. 020 7979 7453 or 020 7269 7158

  • National Portrait Gallery St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE opening hours: Saturday-Wednesday 10am – 6pm Late Opening: Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm Recorded information: 020 7312 2463 General information: 020 7306 0055 Admission is free. 
  • Website: www.npg.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

The National Portrait Gallery in London was founded in 1856 and houses the finest collection of portraits in the world. The Gallery aims to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media, offering a unique and enthralling insight into the men and women who have shaped British history and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day.  

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,700 employees located in 22 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management and restructuring. The company generated $1.4 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2010. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com

Late Shift, sponsored by FTI Consulting
Thursday’s weekly Late Shift includes a rich programme of talks, panel discussions, exhibition tours and in-conversation events. Friday’s weekly Late Shift includes free concerts in the Gallery of contemporary, world, jazz and classical music. Visitors can participate in free drop-in drawing workshops amongst the art works in the Gallery. On Thursdays and Fridays visitors are able to enjoy a cash bar, cocktails and dinner in the Gallery’s skyline restaurant with panoramic views over Trafalgar Square.  

Martyn Ware and Illustrious
A founder member of both The Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn is one of the leading figures in electronic music. As record producer and artist has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide during a 27 year career to date, working with Tina Turner, Terence Trent D’Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples.

Martyn founded Illustrious Company with Vince Clarke in 2001 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique ‘Heightened Reality’ three-dimensional sound technology and bespoke musical composition in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world who include The Science Museum, London, The Royal Ballet, and collaborations with the artists Cathy De Monchaux, Tim Head, Gary Stevens, David Bickerstaff and Philip Tsiaras (at the 2003 Venice Biennale).

Recently Martyn was part of the collective representing Britain at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2006. Echo City, developed under the leadership of Jeremy Till, Director of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, is an "urban register" describing Sheffield at a variety of scales from 1:1 to 1:10 million and Martyn’s soundscape, with visuals by Malcolm Garrett, projected Sheffield's relationship with the world at large.

He also lectures extensively on music production, technology, creativity and soundscape composition at universities and colleges across the UK and Europe.

Karen Pearson and Folded Wing
Karen Pearson is passionate about music and radio, and finding new ways to combine the two. Thats why she founded Folded Wing, and why its now recognized as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking production companies in the world. Her radio career began 16 years ago at the BBC where she produced Gilles Petersons legendary Worldwide show, helping it to become a globally respected and commercially successful brand.

In 2005, she left to set up the company which became Folded Wing quickly establishing herself as an authority on podcasts and alternative audio broadcasting. Her clients included Red Bull Music Academy Radio and Roundhouse Radio, and audio projects for international clients such as Nike and Fabric. Along the way, Folded Wing picked up a Gold Sony Award for the Book Slam podcast, a remarkable achievement for such a young company.

In 2010, Folded Wing launched the Jamie Cullum show on Radio 2. The networks flagship jazz show, it showcases Jamies passion for old and new jazz, and for introducing new fans to the music he loves.

In June 2011, Folded Wing won 5 awards in one week, most notably 'Indie Of The Year' in the Radio Production Awards.

In addition to running the company and generating new business, Karen remains hands-on as senior producer of the Jamie Cullum show, and oversees the high production values and innovative soundscaping for which Folded Wing has become known. A respected DJ in her own right, Karen continues to perform at venues around the UK and internationally, and promote the successful Broad Casting club nights, featuring unique performances and collaborations with artists from around the world.
http://www.foldedwing.co.uk


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