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Contemporary art meets medieval pilgrimage at rural Lincolnshire church

20 May 2014

Visit Codex at Dry Doddington church this weekend

An acclaimed artistic duo will transform a rural Lincolnshire church this weekend in the latest commission to be made as part of the celebrated ‘Altered' arts in churches programme.

London-based artists TROPE, who specialise in screen-less animation, have created an interactive and immersive installation, which will greet visitors to St James' Church in Dry Doddington.

Entitled Codex, the work is created around the concept of pilgrimage as a historical event and explores the Way of St James - one of the most renowned medieval pilgrimages.

Visitors to the 12th century church will experience a collection of scallop shells on the ground which will immerse them within the installation - each time they step on a shell they will activate a variety of sounds and harmonies, and create their own rich musical score.

The sounds will be a choral composition inspired by Codex Calixtinus, the medieval manuscript that includes advice for pilgrims following the Way of St. James, and the first recorded polyphonic music compositions. These sounds will be emitted by a stunning musical fountain created from a collection of large shells.

Codex opens to the public on Saturday 24 May, from 10am - 9pm, Sunday 25 May from 11.30am - 9pm and Monday 26 May from 10am - 4pm. The installation is free to view, with donations to the church fund welcomed.

TROPE is an Anglo-French partnership between Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez.

The duo said: "As it is new and you have to be there to understand the 'Diasynchronoscope', we want to show our work to as many people as possible and spread the word about its unique qualities. Codex itself represents an allegorical, interactive and illustrated journey towards a sacred place, which can be representative both of a pilgrimage and of personal self-development."

Codex is the latest in a series of artworks to be commissioned as part of ‘Altered' arts in churches programme - a pioneering partnership initiative between the University of Lincoln, artsNK and The Diocese of Lincoln. Funded by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council, the programme aims to open up both rural churches and contemporary art to new audiences.

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