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Mira Calix wins Lovie award and presents two new commissions

Ode To The Future wins Lovie Award while Good Grief, Charlie Brown! and Beyond The Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers will open this autumn

This autumn composer Mira Calix will present two new commissions across London. First is Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, a group exhibition that will take place at Somerset House between 25 October 2018 and 3 March 2019. A video piece with a quadraphonic soundtrack, it was filmed at the central London venue in August this year, and was influence by the musical notation in Charles M Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips.

“Schulz really portrayed music as an animated character throughout the Peanuts strips,” explains Calix. “It was the first time I had seen musical notation fly, bend, be embraced, wrestled with. He made me consider music as an object in time and space.”

The second piece is a sound installation to Tom Piper's work at the Tower of London commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War. The installation is called Beyond The Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, with words from war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets To A Soldier. That work will run between 4 and 11 November.

In other news, Mira Calix and her project Ode To The Future with fischerAppelt and Fork Unstable Media has been announced as Gold & People's Lovie winners in the Music and Entertainment category of the eighth annual Lovie Awards. Celebrating 350th anniversary of science and tech company Merck, the artist worked with six expectant mothers and their foetuses to capture ultrasound data that would be transformed into audio frequencies, making up the basis for musical composition. The result can be downloaded for free via Bleep.