An immersive audio-visual performance focusing on the theme of water will take place at the Southbank Centre this month. ‘Cascade’ is the project of musician Nabihah Iqbal and visual artist and quantum physicist Libby Heaney, who will express the sounds, sights and meanings of water using AI-generated audio and live music.
A focal point for the performance will be the body of water in closest proximity to the venue, with the unique symbology of the River Thames expressed through the utilisation of field recordings across the performance. The river’s “materiality, history [and] rituals” were also a major inspiration for the project as a whole.
Iqbal, a former artist-in-residence at Somerset House who also released the album ‘Weighing of the Heart’ via Ninja Tune in 2017, has previously collaborated with Wolfgang Tillmans at the Tate Modern and contributed to the Barbican’s Basquiat retrospective in 2017. Her long-running show on NTS Radio, meanwhile, focuses on exploring the musical traditions of different countries around the world.
‘Nabihah Iqbal x Libby Heaney: Cascade’ runs from 29 – 30 Jan at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall.