By Lindsey Last edited 120 months ago

Science and art coming together is a beautiful thing. A totally wrong coupling that sometimes climaxes in an eruption of sci-art fusion magic. That's presumably what the Science Museum is after in appointing not onlya writer but a dancer in residence for the summer months.

Contemporary dancer and choreographer, Athina Vahla "concentrates on epic, site-specific work taking a collaborative approach to create multi-media pieces." That's artspeak for mash-ups, right? Vahla is specifically working on a bodily response to the Museum's Listening Post installation, an ever updating, huge, cut-up, ambient, internet poem read by creepy computer generated voices. Casting movement to this cutting edge soundtrack of a million disembodied online voices set around the grid of 200 electronic screens is certainly a fine commission for Vahla who has previously occupied a deserted abbatoir and the Old Operating Theatre.

Vahla and her writerly co-artist, Tony White will be running free workshops throughout the summer whilst creating their very special sci-art love ins with premieres in September and October. We will be watching these spaces.

Visit the Science Museum website for more information.

Last Updated 18 July 2008


I don't know about a bodily response, but Listening Post itself is the best piece of installation art I've seen or heard in ages. It kept me transfixed for an hour-- which was a bodily response in itself, I suppose, but not a very well choreographed one.


Sprinting in the Tate?
Dancin' in the Science Museum?
Next it'll be body-poppin' at the British Museum, skate boarding at the Natural History Museum and extreme ironing at the V & A. Gosh we're a talented and imaginative metropolis.