Third Thursday Late: Owen Lowery
Otherwise Unchanged employs an orchestration of sound and image to draw out the gravity, emotion and shimmering lyricism in a reading of Owen Lowery’s first poetry collection.
Owen Lowery is a former British judo champion, who received a spinal injury in 1987, leaving him paralysed from the shoulders down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Reflecting on, and emerging from this context, his poems span a great visual and emotional range, from intimate love lyrics and studies of life in recovery, to contemporary philosophical treatments linking war, suffering and the arts.
For this unique show, poems read by Owen and his wife Jayne will be accompanied by specially commissioned visuals by artist Sam Skinner as a palimpsest of original photography, mixed media and illustration, and sound by composer Simon Jones, manipulating Elgar’s cello concerto into a richly textured contemporary score.
The show also features work by Dame Paula Rego as part of a collaborative project to mark the artist’s 80th birthday.
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