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Shun Ito: Cosmic Birds

Playing with light and shadow, Shun Ito also draws on his physical experience of gravity as a dancer to re-create the beauty of natural falling and spinning movements in his mechanical creations.  

Become entranced by the complex rhythms and flickering lights of these intricate machines, an assembly of metal frames, gears and drive systems, and investigate the mechanics which cast constantly changing shapes across the gallery space.

This fascinating exhibition of the artist’s work will include a dramatic new installation Cells, a giant mobile made up of over 200 rotating steel rings and 30 light bulbs, created in Birmingham as part of an artist residency. Experience a sense of peace and tranquillity in the atmospheric space of one of Birmingham’s hidden architectural treasures.

Bellows
Visit Cosmic Birds on Sat 7 May between 5pm – 5.30pm and listen out for voices hidden amongst the art installations as Birmingham’s poetry collective perform works inspired by the exhibition.

Haiku Exchange
Take part in our Haiku Exchange in the amazing Vault hidden in the bowels of the Bank building presented in association with Writing West Midlands & Hidden Spaces. 

Wed 4, 11, 18 May: 4-7PM  

Sat 7, 14, 21 May: 11AM - 5PM

FREE

Supported by -  Arts Council England,  Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation,   Daiwa   and IKON

In A Landscape

Inspired by the writings of Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, In a Landscape blends the spiritual and the scientific in a pulsating and atmospheric production which allows audiences to wonder at the invisible rules of nature and the universe.

Presented by IDFB & Judy Owen Ltd in collaboration with IKON & Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Curator: Kei Miyata

Country of Origin: Japan

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