Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT: Film Screening and Sound performance double bill

We only see what we look at, to look is an act of choice

Thursday 17 May

Little Little Man Man: Film Screening by artist Tao Lashley-Burnley 
6.00 -7.00pm

Minor Conspiracy: A Sound Performance by Rob Mullender
7.00 - 7.30pm



 Image is from Minor Conspiracy


Little Little Man Man

"We never look at one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves."

The way we are presented with the moving image changes how we engage with it, the format and context influence how we view. How can our methods of viewing be altered to make the structures of moving image more visible? What are the differences between different classifications of film, how are they structured differently to affect the way we view them? How do we view film, can we be made to see as the camera? What does this do for us?

Artist Tao Lashley-Burnley puts together two film programmes of artist’s film, archive footage, and public domain film. The programmes looks at how narratives are created between separate objects, sounds and images. Examining experience through the moving image and how we alter objects though our relation to them, their hierarchies and the structures we ascribe to objects and images we see in the world.


Minor Conspiracy
A Sound Performance by Rob Mullender.

Minor Conspiracy takes the form of a reed organ adapted to be powered by the breath of eight participants, with all of the reeds able to be locked open to enable extended duration drones. As such, the altered form of the instrument is intended to produce a collaborative equilibrium between breath, pitch and time; 'con-spire’s' original meaning is literally 'to breathe with’.

Rob Mullender developed this work in collaboration with John Lely, after becoming interested in the altered states of consciousness and changes in listening that could be brought about by hyperventilation.The sound is characterised by slow changes in pitch and timbre, resulting in something resolving around texture rather than around harmony. This seance-like piece places considerable demands on the performers, who at times find themselves close to fainting to maintain the organ’s air supply - producing sound in a communal, hallucinatory state.

Before Sound
Josh Horsley produced in collaboration with Magda Stawarska-Beavan (Artlab)

Before Sound (screen print utilises Planck Time, the shortest objective period of time to conceptualise music as it exists without sound.

A single note oscillating between G# and A is depicted 446 ledger lines above a stave.

This 24-metre print will be suspended inside the atrium.

Dates: April to May.

These events are part of a programme created by artists invited by Lubaina Himid. For more information on the events and artists involved please visit

Part of the UK wide Museums at Night Festival

Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Yes. Tickets available from Eventbrite.


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