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Lumiere Durham: Pablo Valbuena’s Methods

16 Nov 2017 - 19 Nov 2017


Durham Cathedral



Pablo Valbuena will present Methods, a new work that will transform the interior and exterior of Durham’s iconic cathedral. Methods is inspired by the 17th century art of change ringing, the form of ringing bells in a series of numerical sequences which creates striking tonal effects.

This specially commissioned installation will visualise these patterns of change ringing in light across the entire cathedral building, dividing the cathedral into ten segments, one for each bell. The spatial sections will be highlighted in accordance with the sound of the bells, projecting a synergy of sound and visual time-based patterns onto both the interior and exterior of the cathedral.

The work features a remarkable collaboration with Durham Cathedral’s Bell Major, Christopher Crabtree, and the Durham Cathedral Bell team, who together with Pablo have developed the score. The piece will draw on the familiar sounds and percussive rhythms of church bells up and down the country and will be performed live nightly during the festival by bell ringing teams from around the UK.


16 Nov 2017
19 Nov 2017
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Durham Cathedral
Durham, DH1 3EH United Kingdom + Google Map