Ultiverse is a living work that seeks to evolve through collaboration.
In 2017 artist Akeelah Bertram, technologist Joanne Armitage and composer Aron Kyne undertook a 30 day R&D to introduce complex interactions to Ultiverse.
Throughout the R&D we used feedback from audiences to inform the technical and conceptual decisions we made.
Ultiverse R&D was a challenge to develop a hybrid work - using feedback from audiences and working collaboratively
In ‘Altars’ poet and writer Malika Booker took audience members on a journey of loss and celebration, with initial readings and reflection in the ephemeral installation culminating in a time of talking, food, singing and dancing.
The Sunday Practise
The Sunday Practise introduced many voices to the Ultiverse through its open mic format. Visitors sat, lay and talked in the darkness, bathed in sound, music, poetry and audio reactive visuals.
Return of the Griot/r
In his talk Return of the Griot/r, Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo invited audiences to discover alternate histories, exploring ancient sound practices that outstrip current technology, and speculating future uses for sound in surveillance and recording history.
Composition for Ultiverse
For Light Night Ultiverse was brought to life with live audio performances by Aron Kyne and live visuals by Akeelah Bertram. Aron’s ‘Space’ composition also featured as part of the standard installation.
Half Term Workshop
Aron Kyne and Akeelah Bertram led the Half Term workshop, where children aged 5-10 learnt about every element of the installation. Children created their own reflective object, controlled the lighting of the installation and presented an improvised performance using synthesisers, keyboards & audio loops.