Birmingham Hippodrome Mark 120th Anniversary of the first X-Ray

Birmingham Hippodrome Mark 120th Anniversary of the first X-Ray

Birmingham Hippodrome CREATIVE has announced details of an innovative new digital dance film and sonic soundscape commemorating the anniversary of the first, medical X-Ray.

X-Ray: The Unknown Quantity is a new collaboration between Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital which has been commissioned to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the first, medical X-Ray performed by Birmingham radiology pioneer Major John Hall-Edwards.

Hall-Edwards was a high profile public figure in the city at the turn of the 20th century and did much to advance scientific understanding of X-Ray imaging as well as the prevention and treatment of cancer. Towards the end of his life, he lost his left arm as a result of radiation exposure and his amputated arm is now preserved in the collection of the University of Birmingham.

The innovative project – which seeks to shine a spotlight on Birmingham’s unique contribution to world radiography – brings together the creative talents of award-winning contemporary dance artist and choreographer Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere, British Institute of Radiology artist in residence Hugh Turvey and Birmingham-based Sound Artist  Justin Wiggan in a unique meeting of stop animation film, contemporary dance, X-Ray imagery and sonic soundscape collated from ‘hidden’ body sounds and X-Ray equipment.

X-Ray: The Unknown Quantity explores the aesthetics, sounds and actions of X-Ray machines as well as different people’s experiences of using them. The finished work is formed of three distinct perspectives – the patient’s, the operator’s and the machine’s – and uses dance, sound and ‘xograms’, images depicting the shadows of objects, to present these different aspects.

The short film will be launched via the Birmingham Hippodrome website on Tuesday 8 November to coincide with World Radiography Day and International Radiology Day an international day of celebration marking the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by German Physicist Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895.

The film will also be displayed via Birmingham Hippodrome’s digital screens located in the Main Foyer and at partner venues Birmingham City University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital throughout November.

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