Performance: Phil Coy ‘Devotion Gradient’ @ Focal Point
‘Devotion Gradient’ is the second work in Phil Coy’s two-part commission for the Big Screen, and will be performed live in Elmer Square on Saturday 21 March at 4:30pm.
Coy has worked with local choirs towards a seemingly spontaneous, and yet ritualised performance. ‘Devotion Gradient’ uses the heightened theatrical context of Elmer Square’s large outdoor LED screen and generative software to create a symbiotic relationship between the choirs’ polyphony of voices and the screen’s moving images.
Working with a leitmotif from Bernard Hermann’s score for François Truffaut’s dystopian classic ‘Fahrenheit 451’ , the choirs’ voices become a catalyst to gradually disintergrate Coy’s original film ‘as far as I know’, so that the figurative images are progressively replaced by abstract gradients of colour.
This is the latest in a series of works, where Coy has explored the human voice in relation to the architectonics of the electronic image. Previous works in the series include; ‘Omega’, Lydians Choir, CCA Trinidad (2005); ‘Test Signal’, The New London Chamber Choir, The South London Gallery (2006), and ‘Material Choir’, Choir East, Siobhan Davies Studios (2013).