press release

Each Sunday in July hear Cerith Wyn Evans’s exciting new commission, Eaux d’artifice (after K.A.), played in and inspired by the Barbican’s beautiful giant greenhouse. Evans will transform the Conservatory into a space reminiscent of an 18th century pleasure garden, a setting for music and theatre and a stage for exotica. What you encounter will in part be dictated by chance, as performance times will not be announced, and each week will have a different character, from ‘an explosive furious feel’ to ‘the flowering of a garden’.

The overall event is conceived as a single work, which will build over the course of the month. It takes its title from a short film by Kenneth Anger, Eaux d’artifice (1953) shot in a pleasure garden in Italy and references the work of composer John Cage, who once created a musical transliteration of a Zen rock garden. July 3, 17 and 24 feature a continuous recorded soundtrack that Evans has created especially for the event, interspersed with live performances from harpists, choirs a gamelan orchestra and others. On July 10 the programme consists of the manipulation of birdsong and other ambient sound within the Conservatory. July 31 also features performances, but will essentially be silent.

Cerith Wyn Evans (born 1958 Wales, based in London) has exhibited in venues such as the Art Now space at Tate Britain (2001), White Cube, London (2003), MIT List Visual Art Centre and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2004). In the course of his career Evans has worked with film, photography, performance and sculpture, as well as with sound. In 2003 the artist made a sound work for the Luis Barragan house in Mexico City, and he is currently creating a sound-and-light piece for the exterior of Kunsthaus Graz.


Cerith Wyn Evans: Eaux d’artifice (after K.A.)
Every Sunday in July/05, 12 noon - 5pm