Brighton Festival 2019Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Distorted Constellations

Nwando Ebizie

Distorted Constellations is an exhibition that uses sound, projections and holograms to immerse the audience in the imagined landscape of the artist’s brain. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances, see below for more information.

The work is inspired by Ebizie’s rare neurological disorder Visual Snow, which causes visual distortions such as flickering dots, auras and glowing lines. The audience will experience a mythical version of how Ebizie sees the world, entering an alternate Afrofuturist (a black perspective on the politics and culture of science fiction and technology) reality, inspired by research into the neuroscience of perception and drawing on rituals of African origin.

Event programme

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances - details below.

20 Minutes of Action
Free but ticketed

Ebizie will perform a visceral rage-ritual and dance piece based on mythopoetic movement of African origin and imagined neural pathways. 20 Minutes of Action is inspired by retellings of European and African folk tales and rituals about women. The performance features an analogue electronic score and immersive projection, and takes place within the Distorted Constellations installation. It draws on the artist's research into perceptual disorders and dance through Haitian Vodou, Vogue and Ballet.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with Nwando Ebizie.

Sensory antechamber

During Distorted Constellations a ground floor space in Lighthouse will be transformed into a sensory antechamber, designed to complement the main installation. Feel free to spend time there before and after visiting the installation. The sensory space has been designed with the needs of neurodivergent people, including autistic people, in mind.

The Opening Ceremony, performance and talk
Free but ticketed

Join us for a multisensory encounter presided over by Nwa-Kpa-Kpa-Ndo (one of Nwando Ebizie/ Lady Vendredi’s alter egos). An elemental journey through intimacy towards ecstatic release. Participate or spectate. Be scientist or artist. Allow your perceptions to alter.

The ceremony will be introduced by artist Nwando Ebizie, followed by a performance with ritual practitioner and Haitian dancer Karine Label.

You’ll then be invited to experience the installation, leading into an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) inspired storytelling performance by Nwando Ebizie:

- Cushions are brought into the space
- Three female performers walking around offering hair brushing, hand lotion, head massage etc. It’s ok to say no to any touch. – Touch will not be intimate
- Pancakes are made. Food will be shared (vegan and gluten-free). There is no pressure to eat this food

Haitian Ritual Dance Workshop

Nwando has explored Haitian Vodou dance as part of her extended research for Distorted Constellations – using ritual training and certain techniques; actions, songs and ritual structures to see if they could alter the consciousness of the performer.

Join us for an energetic Caribbean dance workshop delving into the soothing and powerful movements of Haitian Vodou. In Haiti, dance symbolises the cohesion between the elements, between this world and what lies beyond. Experienced teacher Karine Label will lead us from flowing, undulating movements for purification, to fiery rhythmic movements for empowerment and revolution. The work will connect inner and outer worlds, invoke intimacy and ecstatic release, all with the aim of balancing the self and the group.

Intimacy/Touch/Tingles + Closing Salon

A relaxing, immersive performance exploring Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response in an intimate setting. Storytelling, touch and movement provide a journey into the psyche to find out if you experience ASMR – a relaxing, tingling sensation across the scalp and spine in response to particular triggers.

Closing Salon (The World of Visual Snow talk + closing party)
Free but ticketed

In 2014, Nwando Ebizie became aware that she experienced a different reality to that of everybody around her. She realised that she was the only one who constantly saw the space around her full of swirling coloured, translucent dots (like a George Seurat painting), glowing lines, auras, light bursts and halos. She realised that she had Visual Snow – a seemingly rare neurological disorder that the science community is just beginning to understand.

Join Neuroscientist Dr Francesca Puledda for an exploration of the rare neurological syndrome, Visual Snow. The condition causes people to experience reality overlaid with ‘tv static’, halos, auras and non-visual symptoms including tinnitus. Francesca and Nwando particularly invite those with Visual Snow and other neurodiverse people to experience the installation and attend this talk.

The night will close with a DJ set by Nwando/Lady Vendred’s alter ego – Nwa-Kpa-Kpa-Ndo

Sat 4 – Sun 19 May, 12 – 7pm (Closed Mon & Tue)