A new work combining the unlikely combination of music, light and astrophysics is being presented at Liverpool John Moore’s University and Across the Threshold festival, and Getintothis have the details
A new performance bringing together cutting edge science and the arts is underway in Liverpool.
The performance, developed in collaboration with Operation Lightfoot and Liverpool John Moores Astrophysics Research Institute, consists of a number of pieces, each themed on a particular aspect of the work done at the ARI, such as remotely operating the Liverpool Telescope based in La Palma, developing a clearer understanding of star and galaxy formation, and even applying techniques used in astronomy to improve wildlife conservation.
The performances promise a rare opportunity to combine new scientific research with music, visuals, dance and other art forms, with most of the contributors based in Liverpool. Operation Lightfoot provide music, visuals, dance, writing, art and spoken word for the performances.
Helen Jermak, scientist at the John Moores ARI says ‘Putting our own identity into our research via the media of art, music and poetry is so much fun, and it’s a fantastic way to combine our working life with arts that we don’t get to do often enough. The response from the Astrophysics Research Institute has been so positive and full of ideas, people love to share their research in new ways and are thoroughly enjoying working with Operation Lightfoot.’
Operation Lightfoot’s Composer and Artistic Director Luke Moore says ‘The next few weeks are going to be an incredibly exciting, intense, and productive as we get closer to the premiere of this new collaboration, Above Us Only Stars. Operation Lightfoot are also really pleased to be providing the opportunity for several students from LJMU to work alongside our professional lead artists on some of the dance, creative writing, film and audio production elements of the piece.’
The piece, titled Above us Only Stars had its first performance on April 3rd and a reworked version will be given at Across the Threshold on Friday April 13.