Falling Light - Leeds International Festival

2 - 12 May
Various times

Falling Light

An immersive art installation created by design studio Flat-e with original music by electronic musician Daniel Avery.

Falling Light is a piece of architecture that comes alive, an illuminated space for people to experience original music. The focus of the work is a translucent horizontal screen floating above, inviting the viewer to gaze upwards and contemplate the idea of light emerging from darkness. It’s a unique spectacle that places the audience within the performance as light falls onto their bodies, making them part of the work.

On May 2nd, Daniel Avery will present his original music in person to open the installation to the public. Tickets are available for this event. For the remainder of the festival, Falling Light will be open to the public and free of charge.

Set within the iconic Leeds Corn Exchange, the work blurs the boundaries between music and art installation. Entering the Corn Exchange after dark, all that will be visible of the installation is the flickering of projected light in the void above the screen. Descending the stairs to the lower ground floor, the audience emerges into the space below to be bathed in light and sound. Falling Light will feel like stepping inside the music and touching the light.

Flat-e’s ongoing collaboration with Daniel Avery has seen them create experimental animated works for his Song For Alpha album and the surrounding shows. This partnership has proved to be a fertile creative environment for each artist, pushing their work in interesting new directions. Falling Light emerged as a desire to create an immersive large scale artwork not only for fans of electronic music but also for a wider audience outside of nightclub culture.

Credit: Image by Ben Bentley
Image by Ben Bentley

Flat-e design studio create installations, artworks and visual experiments. Compelling ideas paired with a curiosity to push the boundaries of technology has created a body of work that engages audiences in unexpected ways. Led by Matt Bateman and Rob Slater, the studio draws on a diverse range of skills and disciplines including illustration, moving image, animation, installation design and computer programming.

Daniel Avery is a pioneering producer of electronic music and an internationally renowned DJ. His second album released in 2018 – Song for Alpha, was a brilliantly absorbing and visionary follow up to 2013’s flawless Drone Logic.

Join Rob Slater and Matt Bateman of design studio Flat-e for a talk about their studio practise and their new installation Falling Light for Leeds International Festival. Date and time to be announced soon.

Line up
  • Flat-e
  • Daniel Avery
Event partners

Standard Tickets for Opening Night

Thursday 2 May 20:30 - 00:00
Corn Exchange

Concession Tickets for Opening Night

Thursday 2 May 20:30 - 00:00
Corn Exchange

Additional Information:

Installation 3rd – 12th May at 21:00 – 00:00 free of charge. Open to all ages.

Opening night: Ages 18+ only.

Please be aware that the installation contains strobe lighting and flashing images.