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For almost 100 years, the horns of ships using the Manchester Docks rang out across Salford and Trafford. Now, 35-years after their closure in 1982, visitors to The Lowry can reimagine that sound as part of a major digital art exhibition.

18 November 2017 – 26 February 2018
An installation called Black Hole Horizon by the German artist, Thom Kubli uses giant gramophone horns to project huge bubbles that will float throughout The Lowry galleries. Through sound and the physicality of the bubble and machine, Kubli hopes to touch the emotional history of the docks, as well as moving audiences with this impressive artwork.  
It forms part of a new exhibition called humansbeingdigital (18 November 2017 – 26 February 2018) which seeks to awaken visitors’ sub conscience and explore the emotional reactions digital artwork can provoke: joy, anxiety, sadness and love.
Other exhibits include:
  • Matt Dovey’s Hipster Bar, which uses facial recognition technology to identify (and reward) those who are deemed ‘hipster enough’, touching on the emotion of how it feels to ‘belong’
  • Machine with hair caught in it by U_Joo+LimheeYoung, which unnerves audiences as human hair is pulled through a mechanical head
  • Apocalypse - a perfume that captures the ‘end of the world’ by UK artists Thomson & Craighead.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “I grew up in Salford and can remember well the sound of the docks - and equally, the eerie silence that followed with their closure. Thom Kubli’s work turns sound into a three dimensional shape and will, for those who remember it, transport them back to the days the quays was a working dockyard.”
Lucy Dusgate, digital programming associate at The Lowry, added: “We’re really proud of the variety and internationalism we have brought together for this exhibition – which includes work by artists from South Korea, Germany, Slovenia and the UK.”
Listing information:
18 November 2017 – 26 February 2018
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Sun-Fri, 11am-5pm. Sat 10am-5pm.
Admittance: Free. Donations welcome.
In July 2014, The Lowry galleries were renamed The Andrew and Zoë Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre – which is a registered charity.

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