Media Art Bath Presents: Lines Towards Another Century

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Lines Towards Another Century
22 June to 6 July 2008

Performance – The Elysian Quartet
Sunday 22 June, 16.30hrs

Artist’s talk
Tuesday 24 June, 18.00hrs

These are free events presented as part of Media Art Bath’s relaunch programme.

Exhibition continues 24 June to 6 July 2008

Media Art Bath is delighted to announce that it has invited Australian artist, Tom Nicholson and New York based composer, Andrew Byrne to collaborate on a work for presentation at The Holburne Museum in June, commencing with a performance of the resulting work by The Elysian Quartet.

The work, Lines Towards Another Century, takes as its starting point, a list of the national boundaries created during the 20th Century. Since 2003, Tom Nicholson has used this list as the basis of a number of projects including a series of banner marches (realised as participatory performances) and exhibitions that document and extend this material through video, drawing and photography. The list forms a mnemonic ordering system as the lines of the boundaries are traced onto contemporary cities, and translated into contemporary contexts.

Tom Nicholson and composer, Andrew Byrne, have collaborated on an instructional score for instrumental ensemble and voice, therefore representing the framework of the list through the canon of minimalist art and music. The resulting work combines live performance with recorded voices that intone the list.

Lines Towards Another Century makes reference to the issue of boundary making – often a bloody and violent contention both historically and today –by cleverly layering and obliquely referencing this history through action in the present.

For more information and images please contact Bridget Crone or Lucy Sames on 01225 442 591, or

Lines Towards Another Century has been commissioned by Media Art Bath. Media Art Bath champions bold new contemporary art and ideas, and develops challenging work with artists in Bath, the South West and beyond.

Tom Nicholson is a Melbourne-based artist interested in the contact between actions and images, and their relationship to the archive and to memory . He has exhibited internationally including at the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago; Humboldt University, Berlin; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Artspace, Auckland. His work has been reviewed in a range of magazines and press including: Flash Art, Art Asia Pacific and Frieze.

Andrew Byrne is a New York-based composer, who has written works for film, dance, theatr and the concert hall. His music, which always betrays a fascination with polyrhythm, is influenced by American experimental music and non-Western music traditions and has been described by the Australian Financial Review as: sounding like a weird and wonderful otherworldly folk music. His work has been performed by the Lark Quartet, the renowned Australian pianist, Michael Kieran Harvey, and New York-based contemporary music ensemble, Either/Or amongst others.

The Elysian Quartet is the only British string quartet of its generation focused exclusively on 20th Century contemporary experimental music, and has worked with a diverse array of artists such as virtuoso beat-boxer Killa Kela, jazz pianist Keith Tippett and bands such as Hot Chip. They have received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Classic FM and have been described by The Strad as possessing:…outstanding coolness and flexibility… quicksilver tonal variety… sharp musical and technical reflexes.

Commissioned by Media Art Bath