Rising above the landscape of northern Israel is an ancient hilltop city now called Tel Megiddo, but originally known as Armageddon: the place where the world will end. Inhabited for millennia, this dramatic site has inspired wonder, and fear, throughout the history of civilisation. This October, venture beneath Glasgow Cathedral to its atmospheric Lower Church and experience Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson’s video installation Song for Armageddon, shot on location at Tel Megiddo, and made in collaboration with Israeli composer Ophir Ilzetzki.
Over one night, a group of workers on Tel Megiddo endlessly set out and wipe down thousands of chairs to create a large auditorium for an unknown audience, waiting for sunrise – or perhaps an apocalyptic event? The artists’ largest production to date, Song for Armageddon engages with Tel Megiddo’s remarkable heritage but also elaborates on historical confusion between place and event. The film loops every 17 minutes, creating a powerful visual and acoustic meditation, culminating in a haunting performance by singer Faye Shapiro.
Runs Mon 22 Oct
to Saturday 27 Oct
10:00 – 13:00
14:00 – 16:00
Glasgow G4 0QZ
Song for Armageddon was created by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson in collaboration with Ophir Ilzetzki in 2017. Cinematography by Martin Testar. Commissioned by Forma and University of Salford Art Collection, in association with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Produced by Forma. Supported by Arts Council England.