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Catherine Yass - Aeolian Piano
Tue 28 February 2017, 19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Please note the film screening within the Florence Hall is free of charge and the film will be looped throughout the evening.
The panel discussion at 7pm in the Jarvis Auditorium is ticketed.
For one special evening the Florence Hall in the RIBA will host Catherine Yass’ latest work ‘Aeolian Piano’. Yass, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002, works primarily with film and photography. She describes her films as temporal drawings, capturing often architectural sites from unusual vantage points. In 2002 her film ‘Flight’ documented BBC Broadcasting House from a remote-controlled helicopter and she has also documented locations such as building sites at Canary Wharf in her film ‘Descent’ (2002) by lowering a camera upside down through the morning mist.
Alongside the screening in the Florence Hall, a selection of RIBA and BBC archive collection photographs will be on display showing the BBC Television Centre in construction and later in use by BBC staff. A panel discussion between Catherine Yass; Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History; Francesca Hughes, architect and author; and Alice Cicolini, White Noise will take place in the Jarvis Auditorium.
Aeolian Piano is one of a series of 8 works commissioned by White Noise, signalling the departure of the BBC from its iconic site in west London which is now under redevelopment. The film, showing a grand piano suspended by a crane and floating in a circle high above the BBC Television Centre, pays homage to this visionary building. The circular structure of the TV Centre embraced the world and reached out to it, with the BBC aspiring to be a global voice. It also looked inward, suggesting the BBC as 'the living room of the nation'.
“The piano in some way stands for the Arts which the BBC does so much to promote, and for the freedom of expression which is so fundamental to the BBC and needs to be defended at all costs. Over the BBC TV Centre the sound of wind playing in the strings is ethereal and otherworldly. It is disembodied, fragile and vulnerable, singing a swan song to the departed BBC below.” - Catherine Yass
Catherine Yass lives and works in London and trained at the Slade School of Art, London; the Hochschüle der Künst, Berlin; and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2002, Yass was shortlisted for The Turner Prize. Her work features in a number of major important collections worldwide including Tate, London; Arts Council of England, The British Council and the Government Art Collection, London; The Jewish Museum, New York; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Collection, Washington DC.