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Irma is unique, intermedia artwork, a miniature “chance” opera, brought to life through video projection, virtuoso piano quartet, vocalists and an actor. The work’s first performance marks the 80th birthday of renowned artist and notable Peckham resident Tom Phillips RA.

Set within the South London Gallery, where Phillips first showed his work as a student, Irma is inspired by his most famous artwork A Humument, painted onto the pages of a Victorian novel bought for threepence on Peckham Rye in 1966. An hour long, Irma encompasses every aspect of an operatic performance in poetic, beautiful, enigmatic and miniature form. The costumes are inspired by Phillips’ artworks and his Victorian postcard collection held at the Bodleian Libraries.

During the day the installation brings Phillips’ intricate visual score to life through an evocative combination of soundscape and video. This exciting weekend of events celebrates Philips’ extraordinary artistic output in art and music in his 80th year.

Director / Designer – Netia Jones
Music Director – Anton Lukoszevieze

 Performed by Apartment House

Video and projection by Lightmap

Produced by SoundUK

Irma will be shown as an audio visual installation in the main gallery from 11am-6pm on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September followed by the evening performances.