Volatile Light

IOU Volatile Light

20 July - 26 August

An unmissable FREE light and sound experience for all the family!

Step out of the summer sunshine and into a different world. Experience an all-enveloping combination of light and sound with you at the centre of a miniature, wrap-around universe of moving lights and sounds.

Volatile Light features an array of specially made machines with LED lights attached to rotating arms, levers and cranks to weave a series of eccentric curves, sweeping arcs and hectic scribbles in the darkened gallery. Lights are transformed into a complex mixture of overlapping light trails and patterns using digital technology.

All the family can have a go at creating their own light patterns using special light toys and will love exploring the Volatile Light virtual world.

Volatile Light was originally commissioned by Junction Goole.  IOU and Junction Goole are funded by Arts Council England. IOU is generously supported by Dean Clough Mills.

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Find out more about the technology and mechanics behind Volatile Light, add to the virtual world version, and build your own light painting toy in our special workshops:

Arty Explorers

Thurs 25 July
Volatile Light Be inspired by the fascinating Volatile Light installation of light & sound and make a moving artwork.

What time? 11am–12pm & 1.30pm–2.30pm   Suitable for? ages 5 -12
Do I need to book in Advance? No                   Cost? Free


Volatile Light - Mechanical Art
Monday 29 July
In this workshop, join techies from theatre company, IOU-who constructed Volatile Light and make a simple 'light machine' then use it to create your own light painting.

What time? 11am, 2pm & 3.30pm (45 mins)     Suitable for? Ages 10+
Do I need to book in Advance? Yes, places are limited, book on 01772 905414
Cost? Free 


Audio-described sensory workshop
Friday 9 August

A hands-on sensory experience of the Volatile Light installation. The workshop is aimed at adults with visual impairments, however everyone is welcome!

What time? 2-4.30pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, please call 01772 905414

Virtual Volatile Light

Tues 13 August
In this workshop kids can get the chance to create 3D objects and sculptures in IOU Theatre's virtual world.
Ideal for anyone interested in games such as Minecraft!

What time? 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm (45 mins)    Suitable for? 7-12
Do I need to book in Advance? Yes, places are limited, book on 01772 905414
Cost? Free 

Lights & Cogs Day
Thurs 22 August

Come and be enlightened by our illuminating and inventive hands on activities for all the family based on our light & sound experience from IOU theatre, Volatile Light!

Time?  11am–3pm                              For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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