Neon River – Laser and music night

8:00pm on 23/02/2018

The Digital Media Centre in partnership with Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership presents Neon River – a combination of lasers and music that celebrates the Dearne river and its journey through Barnsley.

Join us for the premiere on Friday 23rd February from 6pm when a bespoke laser display will be projected from the roof accompanied by a live music performance. The event includes displays and short talks by all of the artists who have worked closely with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership to discover, understand and reveal the journey of the river Dearne that winds its way from the Pennines to the River Don and has influenced people, industry and the landscape.

The evening kicks off at 6pm with a drinks reception followed by artist talks ahead of group visits to the roof to reveal the laser display designed by artist Patrick Murphy to highlight the route of the river through the Dearne Valley. This is accompanied by a live performance of music and sound specially created as a response to the river. Food will be served.

The event is part of DMCX, a year-long series of events and activities celebrating 10 years of the DIgital Media Centre, a hub for creative and digital people and businesses.

The installation will continue on 24th and 25th February from 5.30pm-12.00pm each evening. The beam of light will be visible for up to 10 miles depending on weather conditions across Barnsley. Anybody wanting to see the work at its most powerful should head to Dearne Valley Park, there you will hopefully see the intended effect of the laser being reflected in the large body of water in the park, there is also public parking available there across the three nights.

Neon River was commissioned by Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership as part of their Art of the Dearne project

The commissions set out to raise awareness of the river and surrounding landscape. To a large proportion of people, the river is invisible. Even if you are looking closely at the area around it, a river is naturally less visible running below view with just telltale flora, fauna and topography to hint at its existence. Like anything witnessed regularly, it can fall into being a backdrop; you know it’s there, but you don’t really see it anymore until something unusual draws your attention.