The world premiere of sound artist Ray Lee’s Points of Departure has opened at Shoreham Port as part of Brighton Festival’s programme of outdoor events.
Visitors to the installation are guided through a trail of large-scale kinetic sound and light sculptures across a designated site on the port in a series of evening performances. Audiences book a time slot and tickets in advance and social distancing measures are followed throughout the experience.
Lee is an award-winning sound artist, theatre maker and composer whose outdoor installations have been presented in other industrial locations including disused coal mines and electricity generating stations. This is the first time Shoreham Port has hosted a major art installation.
Artist Ray Lee said:
“Live performance is an important part of what I do and I’m intrigued by the relationship that emerges between the performers as operators and workers of the machine and the machines themselves. Combining kinetic machines with performers who work with, look after, monitor, control these devices enables the audience to start creating their own narrative about the work. I hope that visitors to Points of Departure will be transported by coming to see it and that they will find it unusual, something they haven’t experienced before and to have their imagination sparked. And for it to be a mesmerising and immersive experience.”
Tim Hague, Director of Property and Infrastructure, Shoreham Port added:
“As a trust port we want to open up the spaces to the community as much as possible and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to do that and for visitors to come and see behind the scenes. We’ve worked closely with Brighton Festival’s team to ensure public safety and we are thrilled to be part of the events programme as the city starts to open up again after lockdown.”
Brighton Festival runs until 31 May by with nearly 100 events, performances and installations, due to take place both as specially commissioned online projects, as livestreams and across multiple outdoor and indoor locations extending from Brighton to Worthing. The 2021 guest director is the British and Ethiopian poet, playwright and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE. The month-long celebration of art and culture signals a welcome return, as Brighton becomes the first UK city to open a multi-arts festival since lockdown began.
Points of Departure is generously supported by Shoreham Port and by 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, Oxford Brookes University and OCM.
The event continues until 23 May with five performances lasting 45 minutes per evening from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, entry is by advanced ticket booking from brightonfestival.org or the ticket office on 01273 709709.