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OPUS: Watershed and At-Bristol Food Residency 2016

OPUS is a live performance uniting sound, image and taste by harnessing congruent elements between them. What visuals and taste would resonate with a particular sound?

Film by Artur Tixiliski and Lee Burnett

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Sabrina Shirazi - Image @DeliaSpatareanu

Sabrina Shirazi

Sabrina Shirazi is an artist and designer who produces visual art and textiles inspired by colour, unconventional behaviour and play.

Sabrina Shirazi has been selected for Watershed and At-Bristol's Food residency, a programme inviting artists and creative practitioners to develop an idea or project in residence at the Pervasive Media Studio that combines art, technology and food.

During the residency Sabrina will be focussing on the development of a new live performance event called ‘OPUS’, fusing stunning visuals, live music, live performance, and delicious dishes consumed on cue to perfectly complement and enhance the experience.

Sabrina Shirazi explains: “Imagine entering a white studio with an orchestra tuning up. You are offered a box of culinary delicacies to take to your seat. There is a large formal banquet table. The room quietens as the performers approach the table. You are summoned to taste the first serving, and the music begins.

OPUS is a live performance to unite sound, image and taste by harnessing congruent elements between them. What visuals and taste would resonate with a particular sound? I seek to tantalise and overwhelm an audience by exploring the cohesion of music, colour and flavour as one continuous, impactful punch.”

Watershed Producer, Verity McIntosh says: “We love the way that Sabrina’s project OPUS will explore food, performance and emerging technologies in equal measure. Sabrina has a powerful visual style and a fantastic approach to unpicking social conventions around etiquette and food. This feels like a great moment for her to be ambitious and to explore new aspects of her creative practice - we are very much looking forward working with Sabrina to find out what’s next.”

Anna Starkey, Creative Director of At-Bristol says: “It’s hugely exciting for us to be in partnership with Pervasive Media Studio to support an artist in developing their practice, sharing influences, ideas and connections to see what might take flight. Sabrina’s project occupies a tantalising territory where installation, performance, exhibition and experiment can merge and evolve to find new form. We can’t wait to discover what it looks, sounds, feels and tastes like.”

This residency will run from 3 May - 15 Jul 2016 and Sabrina will be regularly reflecting on her progress via a blog below. Do check back regularly to follow along and to offer your ideas, support and reflections in the comments.

Read Sabrina's final report here: OPUS Residency Report

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