Colour Organ

Colour Organ
The Colour Organ for LewesLight

… the Fractal piece was very popular with visitors of all ages, a visually stunning site specific piece inspired by the fascinating context of an internationally renowned harpsichord maker and his Tudor workshop.””

Graham Festenstein - Director of LewesLight

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Utilising ultra violet light, dynamic video projection and a harpsichord soundtrack, StudioFractal created a three dimensional, multi-sensory installation piece for the LewesLight Festival.

Inspired by the skillful craft of its inhabitant harpsichord maker Malcom Rose, for a few transformative nights the Colour Organ performed a multisensory rebirth of harpsicord music at Lewes’s Medieval Civic Hall. Utilising deconstructed Elizabethan music (a recording performed on a 1579 Lodewyk Theewes Harpsichord copy by Malcom Rose), the StudioFractal team created a visual representation of this soundtrack via UV reactive string-sets ‘drawn in space’ weaved from the artisan’s hub out to connecting streets.  A swirling vortex projection on the white flank wall to the left of the workshop transported you on a journey through ‘the vibrating string’. The traveling theme of string and sound was a nod to the ever moving influence of Malcom’s craft and knowledge.

The environment sought to surprise and excite through the melding of opposing themes; to create a bridge between the rich historical site, surviving musical craft and an augmented, ultra-modern ambiance. We live in increasingly complex built vicinities with intricate layers of old and new being part of our everyday experience. As designer’s we aspire to create a living harmony between these sometimes opposing parts of our past and our present.

The multimedia piece was realised as part of the LewesLight Festival of Light.  In its third re-iteration, the 2017 version of LewesLight was highly successful, drawing three times as many visitors on its previous year. The festival attracted press, TV interest and created invaluable collaborative opportunities for the local artists and students of the South Downs College.  

The Colour Organ attracted a lot of attention from the Press and general public. Click here for a short feature article by ITV.


Photography by James MaCauley

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Ruth Maskell

Ruth Maskell

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Testimonial
We were delighted when a team from Studio Fractal agreed to join us to develop an installation for the 2017 LewesLight Festival. Held in October the event drew in excess of 10,000 people onto the streets over the festival weekend. One of 19 installations the Fractal piece was very popular with visitors of all ages, a visually stunning site specific piece inspired by the fascinating context of an internationally renowned harpsichord maker and his Tudor workshop. Ruth and her team fully embraced the ethos of our festival working with our community volunteers and students to produce a great piece of work more than fulfilling our aim to describe a narrative for the town, its history and its people, allowing visitors a chance to experience seemingly ordinary spaces in a surprising and stimulating way. We do hope very much that they will join us again in future years.”

Graham Festenstein - Director of LewesLight

Colour Organ