Ecstatic Arc showcases Robbie Thomson's fusion sound, performance and visual art
Installation inspired by Tesla coil set for 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2013.
Although currently nursing a broken leg, Robbie Thomson is one of Scotland’s most dynamic artists working in the overlapping areas of sound, performance and visual art. Ecstatic Arc debuted at Cryptic’s Sonica festival of Sound Art in 2012, and was chosen, alongside Sven Werner’s Tales of Magical Realism, to represent the brand at the Fringe.
Inspired by Thomson’s interest in the Tesla coil – a transformer that produces high-voltage electricity and spectacular purple sparks – Ecstatic Arc uses kinetic sculpture and an electronic soundtrack to imagine the creation of electricity as an almost mystical ritual. Thomson’s ability to manipulate light and sound adds mystery and awe to the electricity that we take for granted.
Cryptic’s artistic director Cathie Boyd is characteristically enthusiastic to have Thomson on her bill. ‘He is the future of art,’ she claims. Yet Thomson’s aesthetic futurism is locked into the celebration of past technology, even while his soundtracks bubble and writhe in joy over the machinery’s pulsing revelations.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 2–25 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 7pm, £12 (£8).