Paul Miller and Griet Beyaert are East Street Arts artists who work collaboratively as The Glass Cyphers. In the beautiful setting of Cuthbert Brodrick’s Grade I-listed Corn Exchange, they have installed an interactive cloud that responds to the sounds created by the audience (and sometimes performers) to be found all around, below and above it, using pitch and volume to move light both within, and on the outer surfaces of, the cloud.
Inspired by the collective beauty and synchronicity of a starling murmuration, as so many individual birds rise and fall on the wing in perfect harmony with one another, the cloud echoes those repeated harmonious patterns and rhythms. Just like the starlings, the Christmas season brings many individuals together to move as a collective.
Playful and engaging, the piece is located in a ready-made performance space (suspended as it is in the Corn Exchange’s lower atrium). As well as impromptu music and an open invitation to buskers, Paul and Griet have also programmed various performances from musicians in partnership with Leeds College of Music.