Tuesday, 18 May 2010

'Speaker flowers'

The most photogenic of Brain Eno's Festival installations in different rooms of Marlborough House, Old Steine. An array of glitter balls illuminated with a single spot casts 'petals of light' around the room and on a matrix of mini-speakers hooked-up to an amplifier. It is not clear how the spots of light influence the speakers or even if they do.

Marlborough House, which is Grade I listed, is otherwise unoccupied and the owner lives abroad. It seems in rather better condition than it did a few years ago and the smell of damp has gone. Its long-term future seems to rely on finding an appropriately prestigious occupier but the chances of that in the present economic climate cannot be good.

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