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22 Sep 2017

Birmingham Cathedral grounds come alive with immersive artwork

The Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s), grounds will come alive with an immersive artwork during the evenings of Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September, part of Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender.

Visitors and passers-by will be met with ethereal sounds and vivid projections of figures onto the cathedral, trees, walls and clouds of smoke, as performances take place throughout the park from 8pm – 10pm.

The artwork, by the American artist Tony Oursler, tells stories of the technological leaps in telecommunication - from the telegraph to the radio, the television and the internet - delving deep into the history of media.

The Influence Machine is from The Artangel Collection and is presented as part of Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, Arts Council England, Birmingham Museums Trust and Colmore Business District.

The artwork complements the I Want! I Want! Art & Technology exhibition currently on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, which explores how the rapid development of technology has influenced artists over the last 20 years. This is one of the last chances to see artworks by Rachel Maclean, Julian Opie and Ryan Gander, as the show closes on Sunday 1st October.

With the exhibition opening late until 10.30pm on Friday 22nd September, visitors will be able to travel between Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Birmingham Cathedral to experience these exciting shows.

There will also be the chance to get more insight into the I Want! I Want! Art & Technology exhibition at curator’s tours taking place throughout the day on Friday at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm. 

As if that wasn’t enough, why not head over to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s ArtRave taking place in the Waterall from 6pm on Friday? There will be a bar, retro gaming and live performances from Leon Trimble, Ceefax Acid Crew, Mark ‘TDK’ Knight.
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Elsewhere in BMAG Soul City Arts will be hosting special one-off performance and dinner to mark the launch of the Knights of the Raj exhibition on Friday 22nd September.

The exhibition explores the history of Birmingham’s curry trade and the Edwardian Tea Rooms will be transformed into a bustling Indian Restaurant for one night only, for an extravaganza of dramatic re-enactments, live-music, oral-history soundscapes and a three-course meal. More details and ticket information at

As part of Birmingham Weekender, on Saturday 23rd September BMAG will also be hosting Drink and Drawn, a free social drawing event for anyone who likes to doodle.