For the opening of the exhibition Turner versus Martin at the Laing Art Gallery, AV Festival 10 commissioned two great forces in contemporary culture to work together for the first time: graphic novelist Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Watchmen), and musician Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), KTL, Gravetemple). Alan Moore writes and performs a new text in the gallery responding to the energy of the two paintings: John Martin’s infamous The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852) and JMW Turner’s Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps (1812) from the Tate Collection. Stephen O’Malley created a new accompanying ambient soundscape, sonically melting in the radiance of the paintings.
Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in graphic novels, a medium where he has produced a number of critically acclaimed and popular series, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, he has also been described as “one of the most important British writers of the last fifty years.”
Stephen O'Malley is a musician, predominantly a guitarist, producer and composer from Seattle, who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom and experimental music groups. He is a founding member of Sunn O))), Burning Witch, KTL, and Khanate.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10. Produced in partnership with Laing Art Gallery. World Premiere.