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balticarm.jpg Take your seat for Armageddon

Armageddon? It is an actual place and it has inspired an ambitious new video work that is premiering for four days only at BALTIC in September.

I know what you’re thinking: Armageddon is a place - is it just outside of Luton? Close, but no cigar. It can actually be found in northern Israel - a UNESCO World Heritage Site if you please - which now goes by its modern name Tel Megiddo. It’s thought to have seen more battles than any other location in the world, and, yes, it did lend its name to the word we use for the end of the world. Song for Armageddon meanwhile is a work by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson. A hellish, sodium-lit environment provides the setting for their video installation, which was shot on location at Tel Megiddo and made in collaboration with Israeli composer Ophir Ilzetzki. Over one night a group of workers endlessly set out and wipe down thousands of chairs to create a large auditorium for an unknown audience, waiting for sunrise. The film loops every 17 minutes, creating a powerful visual and acoustic meditation that culminates in a haunting performance by singer Faye Shapiro. It’s scheduled to run in September, providing Donald Trump doesn’t carry out his own ‘end of times’ performance piece beforehand, that is.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson: Song for Armageddon, 21-24 September, Level One Performance Space, BALTIC, Gateshead. balticmill.com