max eastley at kac

The Katara Art Center (KAC) presents an exhibition, performance, and workshop of world renowned British sound and visual artist Max Eastley, as part of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, from 15 December 2013 to 25 January 2014.

Opening on 15 December 2013, the exhibition features a series of new installation works drawn from locally sourced materials. The unique work created for this exhibition will reflect the artist’s responses to the properties of materials found in the city. The works, developed onsite prior to the exhibition opening, reflect the artist’s immediate approach and response to the materials chosen, the location, and the city. The performance will take place as part part of KACʼs sound, performance, and music series, Offbeat.

An active artist since 1972, Eastley’s work consists of performance and installation pieces that can be described as poetic and dream-like. The work itself is often constructed of simple materials, drawn together through combining the ideas of instability and equilibrium in nature with the principles behind musical instruments.

The artist, through his investigations of naturally-driven instruments such as the Aeolian Harp — an instrument driven by the wind — have led to an exploratory and sensitive approach to creating installations and performance. This style can be characterised as being less attached to conventional forms of music performance or art installations than to objects and experiences that are between the constructed and the natural.

In addition, the artist is presenting an artist workshop on 16 December 2013, a unique opportunity for Doha-based artists to engage with an internationally respected artist. Registration for this workshop is required, and spaces are limited.

Katara Art Center is an independently run contemporary art center dedicated to multi-disciplinary art, design, and creative initiatives, projects, and practices and collaborations. Offbeat was launched by Katara Art Center with the intention of giving Doha-based sound artists, performers, musicians, and producers a platform to perform and present their original work to an audience of active listeners.

Coordinated by the British Council and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) with the support of Platinum Sponsors Qatargas, Shell and Vodafone, Qatar UK 2013 is a year-long cultural exchange programme between the United Kingdom and the State of Qatar, aiming to strengthen bilateral relations by creating lasting partnerships between institutions and individuals.

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Exhibition opening and performance:
Sunday 15 December 2013 at 7 pm

Artist Workshop
Monday 16 December 2013

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