EVENT22.04.2023 / 11.00am5.00pm

Robert Cervera: Pipework

Join artist Robert Cervera, students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and members of Ikon Youth Programme for performances that explore breath, shared air, interdependence and negotiation. 

Using a sculptural musical instrument made from transparent plastic tubes, performers experiment with the aural possibilities of this object, guided by the artist.  

This event is organised to coincide with Horror in the Modernist Block. The performers chose to score NT’s work BRUTAL (2022), a film produced in collaboration with Ikon Youth Programme.  

Supported by Freelands Foundation and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

With the support of Freelands Foundation, over three years (2021-24) Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) navigates the waterways on board Slow Boat, a converted narrow boat. IYP are collaborating with creative thinkers and makers to reimagine Slow Boat as a local art school.

From the artist 

My work looks at the leaky ways of formless materials such as air, water and data.
​I’m interested in our efforts to contain them and herd them and turn them into reservoirs, music, breath or code. 
I’m also keenly aware of how this shapeless stuff connects us, despite its invisibility. As a result, my work often foregrounds the infrastructure that holds such assets and points towards some of the materials used, be it concrete, metal armatures or liquid cooling pipes.
As for my output, I make sculptures, musical performances, videos and installations that talk to each other about flow, bodiliness and material interdependence. 

No video files found.

Event Date

This event has passed

Event Details

First Floor Galleries

Suitable for all ages

No need to book, just drop in. Performances will be happening intermittently throughout the day

This event is being photographed. Please speak to the photographer if you prefer not to be included.

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here

For additional access enquiries please contact learning@ikon-gallery.org


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. Robert Cervera with transparent plastic tubes. Image courtesy of Robert Cervera. 2. Transparent plastic tubes. Image courtesy of Robert Cervera.

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace
Birmingham, B1 2HS

GALLERY: +44 (0)121 248 0708
SHOP: +44 (0)121 248 0711

Ikon is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and Birmingham City Council.

Copyright © 2024 IKON. All rights reserved. Registered charity no. 528892