On the evening of 7 February this year, Birmingham Cathedral will host an interactive art show for Chinese New Year. With the lights of the Cathedral dimmed, visitors from Birmingham’s diverse communities are invited to experience the light-based artwork, ‘Midlight’, along with a special service led by the The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, and a performance from a Chinese choir. Viewers are invited to sing with the choir and afterwards spend time to interact with the artwork and meet the artist.
Midlight is an impressive field of 2,000 lights and tens of thousands of fibre optic cables, which change colour and brightness as people talk or sing to the work. Visitors can even tweet to @himidlight to control its colour, creating a unique experience for every visitor.
The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham said: “It’s a real pleasure for us to host Aowen Jin’s interactive and beautiful art work to celebrate Chinese New Year. I am looking forward to welcoming members of the Chinese community and many visitors to this special and unique event”
Aowen Jin said: “I designed Midlight as an instantly accessible artwork that anyone could interact with, whether young or old, British or international, whatever language they speak, and whatever their background.”
“I am so delighted to have the chance to bring communities together through art with this work inside the Cathedral. It’s a magnificent building in the heart of the city, and one that is so quintessentially British. By inviting the Chinese and other communities into this sacred, special place to celebrate Chinese New Year, I really believe we can bring them closer to Birmingham’s cultural heritage. That’s such an honour for me as an artist.”
Doors open on this free event at 6pm, with the service starting at 6:30pm, and doors closing at 8pm.