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Sound, light, action with Brian Eno at Design Indaba

World-renowned music producer and sound/light artist Brian Eno will be showing his acclaimed 77 Million Paintings at the Michaelis Gallery in Cape Town, sponsored by Design Indaba and Vodacom. Eno will also be a key speaker at the upcoming 10th Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town, 21 – 23 February 2007.
He will be joining other creatives – graphic and industrial designers, architects, trend forecasters and more – who will converge in the Mother City to address some 3000 delegates on the latest creations, trends and events in their respective fields.

This is the first time Eno’s digital light paintings, which are accompanied by a randomly assembled ambient music track, have been exhibited in a contemporary South African art gallery. Installations of 77 Million Paintings have already been shown at both the 50th International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale 2006.

Eno, primarily known for shattering musical conventions as a founding member of Roxy Music and pioneer of ambient music, has created a computer programme that continually fuses his virtual paintings to create 77 million permutations.

More than 300 Eno paintings, most of them scratched or inked onto slides, were digitised to create 77 Million Paintings. The constantly evolving paintings will be shown on a group of screens. It’s been estimated that it would take over 9000 years to watch the entire show at the fastest speed available on the software and it would take several million years to witness all the possible combinations it can create.

The exhibition will take place 19 – 28 February at the Michaelis Gallery, 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens. Admission is free.
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