The band Kaiser Chiefs explore the boundaries between art and music in a unique and experimental exhibition at York Art Gallery.
Using their position as pop musicians as a starting point, Kaiser Chiefs have chosen to rethink sound as a medium, inviting visitors to join them in exploring the edges between music, art, creation and performance.
The exhibition includes works by internationally regarded sound artists that have resonated with the band while on their travels and inspired them to look at sound in new ways. Loans include Janet Cardiff’s evocative The Forty Part Motet – a 40-part choir singing in harmony through 40 individual speakers which allow visitors to hear the music from a singer's point of view.
Through the use of light, colour and projected lyrics, a silent gig is created, offering visitors a reconfigured experience of a live music show through an immersive experience. There is also a selected 'set list' of songs in response to works from York Art Gallery’s collection that reference creation, production or performance. Artists include Bridget Riley, Jack Butler Yeats, LS Lowry and John Hoyland.