Place for Utopia

Embassy Court is hosting NO PLACE, an immersive animation performance for one person at a time, as part of the city’s White Night on Saturday, 29th October, by artist Kate Genevieve.

The building becomes the setting for an interactive multimedia experience which explores the utopian ideals that underpin the modernist architecture of Wells Coates, Embassy Court’s architect, and which features live actors, video headsets and immersive sound design.

Members of the public will meet at the Peace Statue outside Embassy Court and be led through the 11-storey building wearing video headsets that combine film, animation and sound up to the roof terrace.

Artist Kate Genevieve comments: “One audience member at a time will explore Embassy Court wearing a virtual reality headset and headphones for audio.  The immersive visuals and multi-sensory effects really play with the question: How do we feel a place to be real? NO PLACE turns assumptions about real and imagined architecture upside down.”

Emma Jinks, Chair of the residential freeholder of Embassy Court continues: “Kate and NO PLACE offers us another opportunity to open the doors of Embassy Court to the community and give them a new experience of this landmark building. As a group of owners and residents committed to our building and to supporting the arts, we are proud and excited to be hosting Kate as our contribution to White Night.”

No PLACE has a Facebook page, ‘NO PLACE at Embassy Court, White Night Festival 2011’, and the project updates will appear on Kate’s website www.kategenevieve.com.

For further information on White Night and how to book please visit http://www.whitenightnuitblanche.com.

The development of NO PLACE has engaged with contemporary neuroscience research into conscious presence and virtual spaces, in collaboration with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex. It has been commissioned by White Night Brighton and is hosted by Embassy Court.

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