IOU celebrates its 40th anniversary with the launch of a brand new art space at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax,and a series of multimedia shows along the Calder Valley.
Starting at IOU’s new Studio, Gallery & Making Space in Halifax and travelling along the valley to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and on to the Unitarian Church in Todmorden, IOU will show a retrospective of three popular installations; Long Division, Vessel 1 and 2 and Speaking Tubes.
At IOU’s base Dean Clough, a sculptural sound installation, Speaking Tubes, will be presented, to include the premiere of Vortex by composer Yannis Kyriakides. In the Gallery a unique exhibition of iconic IOU photography by Charlie Meecham will be on display alongside plans and work-in progress for IOU’s new show in development Rear View. Speaking Tubes is inspired by the extraordinary sound of vortex rings travelling through the atmosphere at supersonic speed. A gleaming steel circle of large air-ducting tubes and giant cones spill out a chorus of sound into special listening zones. An interactive area enables the visitor to create their own soundscapes.
In collaboration with composer Yannis Kyriakides, physicist Jem Stansfield and University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering, IOU has created Vortex - a contemporary music piece to be performed within the Speaking Tubes installation. Musicians and audience members alike move around and interact with the sound installation becoming the live performance. Vortex will premiere as part of the 40th birthday celebrations. Drawings and plans for Rear View, IOU’s ambitious new show for 2017 and beyond, will be on display alongside the extraordinary Rear View bus, being created in IOU’s Making Space.
Stunning large photographs of shows from the 1990’s including Just Add Water, Full Tilt, Boundary and Weatherhouse by Hebden Bridge based photographer Charlie Meecham will be on display in IOU’s new gallery, together with some never before exhibited photographs of work from the 1970’s and 80’s