This Immersive Multimedia Sculpture Exploring How Light Shapes Us Is Coming To Bristol

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


The sculptural installation also features an electronic music soundtrack.

The creators of the recent immersive multimedia experience ‘Iron Island’ at the SS Great Britain are back with a new project. Limbic Cinema who have also worked with Glastonbury Festival, Eden Project, Edinburgh Fringe, Vivid Sydney in Australia and this year’s Sundance Film Festival, have created a new installation titled SPECTRA as part of the Simple Things Festival.

This latest installation is a large-scale immersive sculpture created by the award-winning multimedia creative artists Limbic Cinema and techno, dubstep and house artist K-LONE, which is set to arrive in Bristol from September 23 until September 26 at The Station on Silver Street. The immersive sculpture, presented by Simple Things and Limbic Cinema, explores the relationship with light, through projection mapping, volumetric lighting and intricate sound design.

Credit: Limbic Cinema

SPECTRA is the third in a series of projects created by Limbic Cinema that explores how light shapes us, and how we shape light. Inspired by the Linda Geddes book ‘Chasing The Sun’ and developed through conversations with leading historians, scientists, astrologists and ecologists across the UK. Sound artist K-LONE transforms the space with contrasting live electronic music, in response to the artwork.

The sculptural installation is an exploration of synchronicity, rhythm and disruption, referencing the contrasts between a harmonious and disconnected relationship with sunlight through a mesmeric dance of sound and light. The free experience lasts around 12 minutes, with intervals throughout the four days.

Credit: Limbic Cinema

Thom Buttery, founder and creative director at Limbic Cinema said: “This physical sculpture is a modern take on monuments that brought people together in ancient civilisations to contemplate and celebrate the sun. From the stone circles of England to the ‘Benbens’ of Egypt, monolithic structures were built across the globe as a centre point for rituals to take place, where light would interact with the structure, resulting in transcendent experiences for collective audiences. We’re hoping people will enjoy the sculpture as a shared experience.

“Traditionally, the healing potential of the sun and its importance to health and well-being has been overlooked. Light is the primary Zeitgeber (time-giver), meaning it is the most important factor in governing your circadian and biological rhythms, which are responsible for regulating countless numbers of physiological behaviours in the body.”

Credit: Limbic Cinema

Buttery added: “Artificial light now blurs the boundaries between night and day, with many cities lit up for 24 hours a day, and light emitting devices illuminating our homes late into the night. This not only affects human behaviour but also the wider ecological landscape.

“Light, projection and sound will interact in the space to immerse audiences in moments of healing, disorientation, and of over stimulation. Taking them on a journey from the sun-worshipping cultures of Ancient Egypt to the contemporary cultures of modern cities across the world.”

SPECTRA contains loud music, haze and flashing lights which some people may find disorienting. Strobe lighting will be used during this installation.

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