Music & Light Symbiosis no. 3

An art exhibition & a water and harpsichord concert held in the Mathematical Institute, Oxford

Katharine Beaugié – Water and Light Sculpture  

Medea Bindewald – Harpsichord

Curated by Balázs Szendrői

Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, OX2 6GG

EVENT: Monday 18th November 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm (concert prompt start at 6.45pm in L2) followed by exhibition opening and a reception.

EXHIBITION: 18th November – 6th December 2019, Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

The concert

A unique collaboration between light sculptor Katharine Beaugié and international concert harpsichordist Medea Bindewald, combining the live, spontaneously made patterns of water and light with the sound of harpsichord music in a mathematical environment.

Music & light symbiosis no. 1 | Requiem, 2016 photo by Louisa Love
showing the reflection off the surface of water projected onto the back wall

The programme of music for harpsichord and water:

  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): Sonate in A-Dur K. 208 Adagio e cantabile, Sonate in a-Moll Allegro K. 175
  • Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667): Suite XX in D-Dur
  • Enno Kastens (bn. 1967): Schattenreise (Shadow Journey 1995)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Partita VI in e-Moll BWV 830
Medea Bindewald 2019 Photograph by Stuart Hollis

“One of Europe’s finest harpsichord performers”

BBC Radio Leicester

It is not simply the perfection and brilliance of her playing that is charming, but also the extraordinary intensity with which the music resonates.

Aalener Kulturjournal
Francesco Geminiani, Prelude (1743), performed by Medea Bindewald, harpsichord after Henry Hemsch (Paris, 1751) by Christian Fuchs, recorded live at Worms Cathedral (Germany) by Moritz Bergfeld in 2014

The Exhibition

Katharine Beaugié will also be exhibiting a new series of black and white photograms (photographic shadows), displaying the patterns of the natural phenomena of human relationship with water and light.

Drop | God, 2019 digitally enlarged photogram of the shadow of a drop on water © Katharine Beaugié 2019
hand in developer, 2019 digitally enlarged photogram
Floating feathers, 2019 digitally enlarged photogram
Wave 1 2019 digitally enlarged photogram

“Katharine compels her audience to contemplate life’s stark realities. Yet at no time do you feel adrift. She welcomes you to the dark and glittering universe beyond the gallery walls with a gentle, human hand.” 

Georgina Treloar, Writer/Musician, 2018

To see all the artwork and the prices please go to the artwork section:

Katharine Beaugié Photograph by Robert Greshoff
experiments in studio in preparation for APPLIED PURE at the MI