Dickens inspires sonic art project

The Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton, which is home to the George Thomas Building. Picture: Geograph

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A novel by Charles Dickens has inspired an unusual art project in the city of his birth.

Artist Suki Chan’s large-scale work featuring 100 voices talking about revolution against the backdrop of a row of school desks, now showing at the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays, is based on ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

Dickens’ story is set at the time of the French Revolution.

The artwork was commissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, and University of Portsmouth students helped with sound and photography.

She said: ‘The students worked with enthusiasm and a lot of energy - I’m not sure we would have done it without them.’

The exhibit previews this Friday (from 6pm to 8pm) and runs until September 2.