For the opening of the exhibition Turner versus Martin at the Laing Art Gallery, AV Festival 10 commissioned two great forces in contemporary culture to work together for the first time: graphic novelist Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Watchmen), and musician Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), KTL, Gravetemple). Alan Moore writes and performs a new text in the gallery responding to the energy of the two paintings: John Martin’s infamous The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852) and JMW Turner’s Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps (1812) from the Tate Collection. Stephen O’Malley created a new accompanying ambient soundscape, sonically melting in the radiance of the paintings.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10. Produced in partnership with Laing Art Gallery. World Premiere.