Turner-prize nominated exhibit and music collide in Janice Kerbel's 'Doug'

January 25, 2016 | Turner-prize nominated exhibit and music collide in Janice Kerbel's 'DOUG'
musica intima joins musical composition and performance installation at the Contemporary Art Gallery

Vancouver, BCmusica intima is performing London-based, Canadian artist Janice Kerbel's 2015 Turner Prize-nominated exhibit - DOUG - in its North American premiere at the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery on January 29.

Commissioned by The Common Guild, Glasgow, and first presented at the Mitchell Library in 2014, the musical composition and performance installation features musica intima vocalists who will lead the audience through a nine-song cycle of imagined disasters that befall the fictional character Doug.

Kerbel personally selected musica intima to perform her work as the only ensemble in Vancouver with the technical ability and versatility to perform the unique installation that features an unusual combination of art and vocalists.

Kerbel’s lyrics take the form of a series of rhythmic verse, outlining a sequence of events that translate accidents into musical form, with titles such as Blast, Fall, Hit, Crash and Slip.

The Turner Prize is organized by the Tate gallery annually, and presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50. It is one of the most publicized art awards in the UK.



About musica intima
Nominated for three JUNO awards, the Vancouver-based conductorless vocal ensemble has released seven commercial recordings. musica intima’s album clear (1999) was named one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever by CBC. The ensemble’s album into light (2010) received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine. The ensemble's latest release is its first-ever collaboration album: Thirst (2015).

Allison Murray
Communications Manager | musica intima