Three signs you’ve been playing too many computer games recently: fatigue, migraines and achy hands. If this sounds like you, you might want to consider stepping out of the house for a bit. Try heading to north Birmingham on August 25, where Gallery37 is hosting an art installation that lets you interact with a… PlayStation controller.
Multiverse – part digital art exhibition, part music showcase – is a new, experimental event exploring the relationship between live music and digital worlds. This kaleidoscopic series of projections, including a GTA-inspired take on Birmingham, were created by local artist and musician Demarae. The Birmingham artist has digitally rebuilt parts of the city that are completely playable with the use of a PlayStation controller.
Demarae takes inspiration from science fiction and retrofuturism to reflect alternative realities and allow “players” to experience new adventures, both virtually and sonically. Visuals will also sync with a line-up of Birmingham’s up-and-coming music talent. Including, Commonwealth Games opening ceremony singer Indigo Marshall, as well as ReRe, CreezOn, Shenâi, Yonko Leck, Odd Priest, and Tarju Le’Sano. There will also be DJ sets from the likes of Rhexis too.
“Whenever I’ve been to live shows and raves and seen the visuals in the background – I always wonder what it’s like to jump into that world and explore it,” said Demarae. “Multiverse gives the audience a chance to explore multiple worlds.”
Multiverse is produced by Gallery37 and will be held in CFC Studios. In 2021, Gallery37 brought together 100 young creatives to take part in a two week residency. This year, nine of those artists were asked to create individual events all centred around the theme of ‘Roaming’. These commissioned works will be showcased around Birmingham from August to October 2022. This includes local talent such as Jacob Carter and Hayley Salter, Georgia Neath and Sherzard.
Multiverse will be showing for only one day on August 25 and tickets are £5 each. To get yours, as well as learn more about Galley 37’s series of Roaming events taking place this Autumn, click here.
CFC Studios, Pool St, Birmingham, B6 4TN