• Performance:
    Phil Coy
    Devotion Gradient
  • 21 March 2015, 4:30pm
  • Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea

Devotion Gradient, 2015, 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 [1966], 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).