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Throughout Brighton Festival, Circus Street Market is transformed into a sonic playground of investigation into weather, water and scale, developed by Australian Sound Artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey - award winning creators who work with the human experience of listening. 

For Gauge, they invited two scientists, Michael Roderick and Adrian Pearce alongside artists Cameron Robbins, whose work uses the forces of the natural world, Graeme Leak, who has a lifetime of working with water in percussion and Rosemary Joy. Incorporating an on-site weather station, Gauge is a sonically-orchestrated environment activated by both the weather and the people within it. 

An artistic response to critical issues around water, Gauge offers audiences a hands-on encounter with an array of contemporary and historical apparatus and the chance to witness the effect they have on their environment. At once an exhibition, an installation and a series of talks and performance ‘interruptions’, Gauge invigorates our age-old curiosity in this most vital of substances.

Other events and information surrounding Gauge

Alongside the Australian artists, Brighton-based musicians Johanna Bramli & Ed Chivers create a new site-responsive work for the Gauge provocation; Erode is an exploration into time, sound and the certainty of finitude

Weather Reports
Performance interruption by the artists with music in reaction to the installations

Wed 20 May & Thu 21 May - 5.45pm
Fri 22 May & Sat 23 May - 8.45pm
Sun 24 May - 4.45pm

Approx 20 minutes in length
Free event with limited capacity
First come first served

Water Matters - Gauge meets Biosphere

Our Water Matters Competition 
We have teamed up with Brighton & Hove Environmental Education and Southern Water to launch a competition focusing on water, a resource on which all our lives depend, yet many of us take for granted.
Pick up a competition sheet at the exhibition or download it here
If you are a teacher, please see these useful notes

Gauge Catalogue
Download the full catalogue 

2 - 24 May
Mon 4 May, 10am - 10pm
Wed & Thu, 1pm - 7pm
Friday & Sat, 10am - 10pm
Sun 10am - 6pm

Closed all Mondays & Tuesday closed
(expect for Bank Holiday Monday 4 May, 10am - 10pm)

Weather reports
Wed 20 May & Thu 21 May - 5.45pm
Fri 22 May & Sat 23 May - 8.45pm
Sun 24 May - 4.45pm

Other info
This project is kindly supported by Southern Water

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body