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176 snails will perform a tiny opera this spring

By Alice Saville

Feel your heart rate slow to a snail’s pace at ‘Slow Pixel’, a sound art performance coming to Kings Place in April. A cast of 176 snails will creep into the slimelight, triggering a chorus of eerie sounds as they navigate their specially constructed habitat.

French artists Élizabeth Saint-Jalmes and Cyril Leclerc have also put a tiny lamp on the shell of each avant-garde gastropod, inviting audiences to slow down and experience a multi-sensory (and slightly slimy) art installation. Considering how small the performers are, it sounds pretty epic.

‘Slow Pixel’ is part of Sonica, a weekend festival of intriguing sound art in King’s Cross. Book a ticket and you’ll shell out just £4.50 to see the snails in action alongside other installations, including dazzling laser storm ‘Nearer Future’ and psychedelic robot laboratory ‘Infinite Lives’.

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