We spoke to Abi Wade, one half of Gestalt, to find out about 5 things to expect at their new AV installation taking place at Brixton Windmill as part of the London Design Festival.

Variable 01 is a brand new AV installation curated and composed by Gestalt, the brainchild of Joel Wells and Abi Wade as part of the London Design Festival. The AV event takes place on 15th and 16th of September in collaboration with pianist Hinako Omori, creative network ‘Playing Field’ and directed by Jake McGowan.

The installation is layered within the 5 floors of heritage site Brixton Windmill, evolving through each floor to converge at the summit. Using field recordings, prepared piano and visuals to explore the traditional, contemporary and diverse culture of Brixton.

The piece progresses with each level as you ‘climb’ responding to different elements of Brixton’s culture. On the final floor all layers of the work are combined to create the summit of the experience.

The music was created using samples recorded around Brixton and within the windmill itself. It also features prepared piano motifs tuned to the field recordings and the visuals are designed to work in harmony with the music, further immersing the audience as they move through the building.

We spoke to Abi Wade, one half of Gestalt to hear about 5 things we can expect from the first installation.

LAYERS UPON LAYERS

Audio Visual installation Layered within the 5 floors of heritage site Brixton Windmill (actual windmill) which is in fact the last working windmill in London. You may even be able to buy some Brixton Windmill Flour/Bread!

 

EMMERSIVE SOUND

An evolving engineered soundscape within the windmill. Created using samples taken from around Brixton, it’s residents and within the windmill itself. Including prepared piano motifs tuned to the field recordings. Punctuated by sub bass movements and drum samples, as music flows through the speaker system within the space and evolves towards the summit.

 

HISTORIC VISUALS

Using the windmill as a symbol of the turning of time, projections of curated and collated footage from across the decades of Brixton, light up the insides of the windmill and machinery therein. The visuals are created to work in harmony with the space and music with a piece that progresses on each level as you ‘climb’ responding to different elements of Brixton’s culture.

 

PART OF…

London Design week and Brixton Design trail

 

BONUS!

It’s FREE!

 

The event is supported by Shure, D&B Audio, Brixton Windmill and Help Musicians UK. Click here for more information.