Robbie Thomson: Ecstatic Arc




5***** “one of the most exciting and ambitious works I have seen lately, both celebrating and criticising technological advancement” 
Christopher Macinnes, The Skinny (Sonica 2012)

Robbie Thomson’s Ecstatic Arc is an installation artwork and powerful live performance that combines music and mechanical choreography.

Created using found materials and recording devices, this machine-powered, theatrical installation features sonic-kinetic sculpture, mechanical puppetry and recorded composition. At the centre of this dystopian landscape sits a caged
Tesla coil.

The live performance work explores the sonic possibilities of the Tesla coil and uses the sounds of electromagnetic fields as source material for the composition. The kinetic sculpture takes inspiration from the architecture of the power industry, aerospace engineering and Lichtenberg figures.

Thomson works with kinetic sculpture, sound and installation. He is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and a founding member of The Glue Factory. Past works and collaborative projects have included an animatronic beast a gallery buried under the floorboards, a robotic French waiter, a wooden labyrinth, organic cable cars and self-playing pianos. Recent exhibitions/events have included The Gloaming (solo show) at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Canard Digerateur at SHUNT, London, and Buzz or Howl (with 85A) at The Woodmill, London.

Ecstatic Arc was commissioned by Cryptic for Sonica 2012, a programme dedicated to world-class sonic arts. It has been selected as part of the Made In Scotland showcase.

Duration 02 August 2013 - 25 August 2013
Times Live Performances 19.00 (45 mins), daily except Weds. Installation 11.00 – 18.00, daily
Cost Live Performance: £12/£8. Installation Free
Venue Summerhall
Address 1 Summerhall Edinburgh EH9 1PL, ,
Contact Box Office: 0845 874 3001 / info@summerhall.co.uk / www.summerhall.co.uk

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