Talk: Panel discussion with Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE)

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Talk: Panel discussion with Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE)


Part of Hot with Excess: A Season of Contemporary Artists’ Opera, a special season of live events exploring the collision of contemporary art and opera, featuring Sam Belinfante, Beatrice Gibson, Trulee Hall, Richard Kennedy, Benjamin Orlow, Marijke de Roover and Alexandre Singh.

Organised in partnership with Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) at Leeds University, this event is an opportunity to discuss the contemporary context for this programme, exploring the numerous ways in which artists working today are engaging with the notion of opera. Rather than a usual panel discussion, the evening is a series of conversations considering some of the key ideas that arise from the various performances and screening. Speakers include Sam Belinfante, Lina Lapelyte, Lucia Pietroiusti and Igor Toronyi-Lalic.

Lina Lapelyte is an artist, musician and composer. Her works were presented at KIM? in Riga; Rupert in Vilnius; gallery 1857 in Oslo; the Modern Art Museum in Malmo; MACBA in Barcelona; and DRAF in London. In May 2019, Sun & Sea Marina, Lapelyte’s collaboration with Rugile Barzdziukaite and Vaiva Grainyte for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Upcoming shows include Cartier Foundation in Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Kunsthalle Praha.

Lucia Pietroiusti
is Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries (London) as well as the Curator of Sun & Sea (Marina). She is the curator (with Filipa Ramos) of the durational festival on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (2018-19)​as well as the research, publication and performance project, PLANTSEX, on erotics and botany. Previously, Pietroiusti has been Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007-2009) and Associate Editor of the journal of the arts and letters, Boulevard Magenta

Igor Toronyi-Lalic
is the arts editor of the Spectator and director of the London Contemporary Music Festival. He is author of Benjamin Britten (Penguin, 2013) and of What’s That Thing? (New Cultural Forum, 2012), a report on public art. In 2018 he founded the LCMF Orchestra. He writes about music, film, architecture and art.

The Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) was initiated by Dr Sam Belinfante in 2016, in collaboration with staff and students from across the Faculty of Art, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds. It is the ambition of CAVE to become the foremost centre for investigations into the ‘audio-visual’ within contemporary art theory and practice.

Doors will open at 18:00. Bar provided by Mezcal Union, serving drinks until 22:00.