Ross Birrell and David Harding speak about their project for our 2018 Festival, 'Triptych', which reflects on themes of flight and dispossession through a film installation in the historic setting of Trinity Apse. Framed by the high vaulted arches of the former kirk, is a film documenting the powerful recital of Henryk Gorecki’s 1976 'Symphony No. 3: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', initiated by the artists for documenta 14 and performed in the Megaron Concert Hall, Athens, by the Athens State Orchestra with the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra, and featuring Syrian soprano Rasha Rizk.
Newly edited across 3 channels, the film sits at the heart of a wider architectural installation which directly transposes musical notation into a design of colour and light, echoing a shattered mosaic.
Our Commissions Programme is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland. With additional support from Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.
Filming by Rachel McBrinn.