Nikolaiviertel at the Festival of Lights

New landmarks in the Nikolaiquarter

There is always something going on in the Nikolaiviertel. In October the birth of Berlin will be again place of fascinating actions and attractions. During the Festival of Lights the introspective quarter will be a place of light art. A special role this year has the Nikolaikirche. The international awarded video artist Ross Ashton from London and his partner Karen Monid let the oldest preserved church from Berlin glow in a new light. The title of the production is “SPIRITUS – Light and Darkness”.

The artwork contains special instrumental interpretations of music inspired by the role of angels in the workings of the universe. This includes an arrangement of the responsorial ‘O vos angeli’ composed by the 12th century German abbess, Hildegard von Bingen. Her particular theology encompassed a universe consisting of a fusion of light and sound where angels play a central role in their music-making. To draw in sound the visual image of angels as conceived from the medieval period onwards, the instruments heard are those typically illustrated in the hands of angels, such as harps and bells.

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