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Monday 15 May 2017

New App Invites Festival-Goers To View Brighton In A New Light

The Hum, a free app released for Brighton Festival, which breathes new life into the mundane and highlights the beauty in the everyday, is now available to download.

A Brighton Festival co-commission conceived and directed by Nic Sandiland, The Hum is a reflection and meditation on our own everyday interactions with the city. 

Half cinema, half reality, the piece weaves together visuals with a specially composed soundtrack.

Festival-goers will be invited to follow a trail on their smartphone screen, guided by the app to 15 locations within walking distance, around the city, and on arrival a narrated soundtrack will be played.

The Hum incorporates text from four diverse artists including: international dance artist Wendy Houston, dance writer for The Times Donald Hutera, Maria Oshodi director of Extant Theatre Company of visually impaired people and live artist Pete Phillips, to a sound score by musician James Keane. 

These writers explore the subtle qualities of observed and experienced movement to create their own idiosyncratic narratives ranging from the poetic and humorous through to the ironic and subversive.

Director Nic Sandiland says "The Hum gives audiences a new perspective on the everyday happenings in Brighton. Set to an emotive musical score with thought provoking text the piece takes you on a journey through 15 often-overlooked places in the city, places that we take for granted. 

"The Hum makes us look at the mundane acts which take place in these places and by elevating them to the status of a feature film. 

"At times profound yet often personal it is an immersive work that reveals an alternative view of the city through the movements that take place within it."

The Hum can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play.

by: Mike Cobley

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