Distorted Constellations at Brighton Festival
Past Event
Visual Arts

Distorted Constellations

Tue 5 Feb 2019

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.

Sensory antechamber
Until 19 May | Free

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.

Intimacy/Touch/Tingles + Closing Salon
18 May | £5/£3.50

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)
18 May | 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