Cryptic aims to cater for everyone’s needs and is committed to ensuring an open and accessible approach to all of the work we present.
Alongside discounted tickets for disabled patrons and their carers, Cryptic offers a range of facilities to make your visit more enjoyable.
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3 July – 30 August 2017
Psychic Dirt explores psychedelic tropes, mystical imagery and the paranoid undercurrents of modern life, taking inspiration from a wide range of sources including astronomy, medical imagery, landscape photography, science-fiction and protest posters.
The work uses high contrast black and white digital collage and hand-cut techniques to create illusionary optical effects and pulsating visual rhythms along the length of buildings.
4 – 28 August 2017 10:00 – 20:00 (Closed 7, 14, 15 & 22 August)
For Sonica 2017, Oregon-born, Glasgow-based Heather Lander has collaborated with sonic artist Robert Bentall (UK) to investigate the ways in which we might retain a sense of reality in a world where technology offers ever more opportunities for immersion in the virtual.
Bentall’s ambient work Telian – played on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish string instrument – is the soundtrack for Lander’s visual composition. Symmetrical webs and waves of light rise upward, sculpted and spun into ethereal three-dimensional structures, building an extraordinary crystalline cathedral of light.
Lander’s translucent virtual reality shows us where technology has taken us – and asks us to question where we may go next.
17 & 18 August 2017 // 22 & 23 August 2017 16:00 24 – 26 August 2017 16:00 & 22:00 // 2 September 2017 21:00
In XFRMR, Robbie Thomson harnesses the power of the Tesla coil, the 19th century invention that first made electricity visible. Thomson’s musical accompaniment – a soundtrack played on laptop and synthesiser, by turns melodic and soothing, then pulsing, skittering and searing – strikes visuals from the coil, sending light signals flaring through the Faraday cage that contains it. The grid of the cage displays ever-changing geometries, as light seems to fuse with sound to make synaesthetic patterns, in a unique sensory phenomenon.
1 & 2 November 2017 // 8 November 2017 // 10 November 2017
When the North Sea flooded in 1953, it swept away lives and homes in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Drawing from the tape-recorded memoir of a woman who lost everything to the flood, Shorelines – directed by Josh Armstrong – is a music-theatre work exploring the aftermath and effects of the disaster, as well as mankind’s increasingly vexed relationship with the natural world.
Composed by Oliver Coates (London-based winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011) and performed by the Ragazze Quartet, Shorelines sees performers interact with ghostly recordings of themselves, while acting out the constantly shifting tug of war between the current and the remembered, between man and nature.
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