Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’re more into James Turrell than Ricardo Villalobos you will have seen that Fabric legend Craig Richards and Gottwood Festival are starting a new festival called Houghton in August. The line-up curated by Richards is a selection of some of Techno’s finest DJ’s and producers, Richards is proposing extended sets from the artists, allowing them to be as genre bending and spontaneous as possible.

Ricardo Villalobos
Nicolas Jaar (DJ)
Vilod (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer (live) UK Debut)
Floating Points (DJ)
Seth Troxler
Adrian Sherwood
Andrew Weatherall

Dividing the Light- 2007- James Turrell

The festival’s aim is to bring together art, music and sculpture. Perhaps the festival’s most exciting asset is from American light and space artist James Turrell. The Festival site currently houses one of Turrell’s infamous Skyspaces,  creating a surrealistic landscape to dance within.

East Portal- Roden Crater

A Turrell Skyspace is a specifically proportioned chamber with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky. Skyspaces can be autonomous structures or integrated into existing architecture. The aperture can be round, ovular or square.

Turrell works closely with light and space, an avid pilot and a perceptual psychology expert we’re hoping the artwork combined with the music will take dancers to places they have never been before.

Houghton Hall Skyspace

He says, “My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”

The simple act of witnessing the sky from within a Turrell Skyspace, notably at dawn and dusk, reveals how we internally create the colors we see and thus, our perceived reality.

Gathered Sky- James Turrell

A graduate of St Martins himself, Craig will be further curating an arts’ program to accompany the estate’s already impressive work from other art visionaries including Anya Gallaccio, Zhan Wang and Richard Long.

Stonesky 2005- James Turrell.

We can’t wait.

Buy Tickets- here  and listen to Craig Richards’ latest Fabric mix, this is three hours of deep, groovy and nuanced dance music from a master of the form.

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Alex Theaker