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Lines Towards Another Century

Lines Towards Another Century

Andrew Byrne and Tom Nicholson
Performance - The Elysian Quartet - Sunday 22 June, 16.30hrs
Artist's talk - 24 June, 18.00hrs
Exhibition continues 24 June to 6 July 2008 (closed Mondays)

Media Art Bath at The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath BA2 4DB

Lines Towards Another Century is the result of a collaboration between Australian artist, Tom Nicholson and New York based composer, Andrew Byrne. Commencing with a live performance of the work by The Elysian Quartet, the exhibition combines live and recorded sound and performance.

Lines Towards Another Century takes as its starting point, a list of the national boundaries created during the 20th Century. Since 2003, Tom Nicholson has used this list as the basis of a number of projects including a series of banner marches (realised as participatory performances) and exhibitions that document and extend this material through video, drawing and photography. The list forms a mnemonic ordering system as the lines of the boundaries are traced onto contemporary cities, and translated into contemporary contexts.

The work will be presented at The Holburne Museum as an exhibition with the live performance of an instructional score for instrumental ensemble and voice. This will be performed by The Elysian Quartet within a specially devised installation of visual and sonic elements gathered from the various performances and actions that make up the work - ranging from footage of the banner marches to the recordings of individual voices.

Lines Towards Another Century makes reference to the issue of boundary making - often a bloody and violent contention both historically and today - by cleverly layering and obliquely referencing this history through action in the present.

These are free events presented as part of Media Art Bath's relaunch programme.