Head and shoulders shot of a woman staring into the camera. The background behind her is black except for a small line of light in the distance.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Song for Armageddon, 2017 (still). © Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson: Song for Armageddon

We are pleased to announce that Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson’s ambitious video work Song for Armageddon, co-commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection and Forma, will be screened at Glasgow Cathedral as part of their annual festival this year.

Armageddon is a place in northern Israel that lends its name to the end of the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site known by its modern name Tel Megiddo, Armageddon is thought to have seen more battles than any other location in the world, and dominated the the crossroads of ancient trade and military routes linking Egypt with Mesopotamia.

A hellish sodium-lit environment provides the setting for 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 endlessly set out and wipe down thousands of chairs to create a large auditorium for an unknown audience, waiting for sunrise.

The artists’ largest production to date, Song for Armageddon engages with Tel Megiddo’s remarkable heritage and elaborates on historical confusion between place and event. The film loops every 17 minutes, creating a powerful visual and acoustic meditation that culminates with a haunting performance by singer Faye Shapiro.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, born in Barnsley and Macclesfield respectively, work collaboratively between studios in Berlin and Manchester. Working together since 1994, they are fascinated by spectacle and drawn to the ways in which power and authority articulate themselves, their works often combining densely layered visual and acoustic allusions to faith, politics, national identity and the environment.

Dates: Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October, 10am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Venue: Lower Church, Glasgow Cathedral 
Admission: Free


Song for Armageddon was 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.