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Martin Richman: Circuit: A Light Labyrinth. The Holburne Museum, Bath

holburne light-labyrinth6Circuit: A Light Labyrinth is a seasonal winter light installation by Martin Richman and Charlie Kerr in the garden of the Holburne Museum, Bath. Visitors walk through a web of delicate strands of different coloured lights to experience a visual and aural maze with echoes of history and place.

“The Museum was once an hotel that led into adjacent eighteenth century pleasure gardens which were frequented by patrons who enjoyed grottos, illuminations, a labyrinth and perhaps a saucy dalliance in the protective shadows”  Martin Richman

“While in the maze the participant will hear sounds, music, snatches of conversation in an aural tapestry reminiscent of Georgian Bath with echoes of our own time woven through the sound picture by a generative compositional element inspired by the inner machinations of the human brain.” Charlie Kerr

holburne-light labyrinth4Martin Richman, “My own body of work is concerned with perception, desire, frustration and ambiguous awareness. I often work directly with light using it to sculpt or transform perceptions of given spaces. I enjoy the possibilities of city spaces and reading of the streets we use, which can be pleasing or hostile, partly due to suitable or unsuitable illumination.”

Martin Richman’s previous work with public realm projects include: Bristol Bridge, in collaboration with Price and Myers and Niall McLaughlin Architects, 2007; Flow, AGI building, Dublin Dock, Dublin, Ireland, 2007; Waldron Health Centre, collaboration with Bashlow Henley Architects, 2008; Lexington Bridge, River Foundation Project, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2008; Hackney Wicked Festival, Vittoria Wharf, (Curated by Rosie Emerson and Institute of Light, with Mark Bayley), 2010; design of bridge and underpass, London 2012 Olympic Park; façade for the new business school for Manchester Metropolitan University, with Feilden Clegg Bradley studios.

Charlie Kerr
 is an artist / musician. “The process of forming the equipment takes place within the procession of the half remembered sound, the pathetic space and the manipulable application of electronic engineering; exploring within the equipment defined soundspace ideas of memory and notions of loss, wilfully misappropriated pseudo-scientific theorems, sonification of ideas without meaning or closure.”

Charlie Kerr exhibits and performs as himself and as a member of Solina Hi-Fi and Cutup. Recent exhibitions include: Graphoder at the Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow as part of Glasgow International festival; Glass Is A Liquid at the Serpentine Centre For Possible Studies, London; Polaris Volume Projects, London.

holburne light-labyrinth3holburne lightlabyrinth5The Holburne Museum houses an important art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in the nineteenth-century, which includes paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain of national and international significance. Artists in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany. The Museum reopened in May 2011 following renovations and a new extension by Eric Parry Architects.

Circuit: A Light Labyrinth. 
 The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB. 28 November 2012 – 9 January 2013.
 Monday to Friday 4 – 6pm.  Saturday and Sunday 4 – 7pm. 
Closed 24 – 26 December and 1 January. 
Admission £2 (babes in arms free)





About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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