A new installation at Gloucester Cathedral. 16 January – 23 February 2020.
We are incredibly proud to have worked with a wonderful range of organisations on this project, whose aim is to support the work of GARAS, and generate awareness and understanding of the plight of people seeking refuge here in the UK from war, oppression and abuse.
The work presents four testimonies of refugees and asylum seekers, from Sudan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan. These people tell their stories with such dignity, poise and humility, and show such strength in adversity.
Please check the Cathedral Website Calendar before visiting as opening times vary daily
Image: Kevin Lewis
In addition to the Burning Man Honorarium that we received to create a new version of Wave on the Playa (of which, more in an upcoming post), we also co-created, with Camp Cyberia/Polaris, a mutant vehicle, or art car.
Art cars are a Burning Man tradition – based on some kind of car or truck, but it mustn’t look like one. There are dozens of these moving around the playa, day and night, looking like what they ain’t: anything from a flame-throwing octopus, dragon fly, shark, the Golden Gate Bridge to a fully fledged 747 (although that one actually is a 747).
Our contribution is based on an armoured vehicle, an M1078 Stewart & Stevenson, owned by Camp Polaris. Our mission was to turn it into a volume of light, building on our experiences of many years working with such things (see Submergence).
A total blast driving around the Playa, DJ on the top deck, pumping out dance music to a crowd of revellers that emerged from the playa for an impromptu party.
And an interesting new departure for the Submergence project, moving into dynamic spaces, and a new use for the realtime VJ tools we developed for Four Tet.
We are super-excited that a new variant of our WAVE project has been selected for one of this year’s Black Rock City Arts Honoraria. We’re going to be putting a DESERT WAVE in BURNING MAN!! Details of the announcement here
Wave (the original piece) was initially commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral, and has since been shown at Southampton (15-24 Feb), Birmingham (1-10 March) and Dundrum (Dublin, 22-30 March 2019) Light Festivals.
Tickets for Four Tet at Alexandra Palace on 8-9 May 2019 now available at HERE. If you were at his gigs earlier this year at Village Underground (London), Hollywood Forever (LA) and National Sawdust (NY) then you’ll recognise the video. It’ll be a bit like that, only MUCH MUCH bigger. Still a few tickets left at time of writing.
9 MAY – SOLD OUT
8 MAY – a few left
As 2017 draws to a close, finally a few days to contemplate what we have been up to this year.
It’s been a busy year, with events and exhibitions both national and international.
Internationally, we had a four month solo exhibition of Submergence at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. We did a British Council workshop and exhibition in Istanbul, and also showed at Signal festival (Prague) and Lumina (Cascais, Portugal). And we exhibited in an unused retail space in Cairo for a month.
Closer to home, we showed at Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival, Southampton Festival of Light, Enchanted Forest (Pitlochry, Scotland) and Irvine Harbour Illuminations Festival (Scotland). And works at Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, Blenheim Palace and Sudeley Castle winter festivals are exhibiting right now.
We also renewed our interest in VJ-ing with a TEN HOUR live set exploring the ambient potential of our Ocean of Light system at Motion club, Bristol (aah, summer!). Something we hope to do more of in 2018.
And finally, we were awarded an honorary mention at this year’s Ars Electronica festival, for We Are Not Alone, a project from a couple of years ago that explored bacterial bioluminescence and spatialised sound.
Here’s looking forward to 2018 – may it be peaceful at a global and national level, and productive!
On the Tide. Points of light float in strands, moved and positioned by tidal forces and river debris. The lights also respond to touch, connecting to the festival onland, and acting as a relfection of its mood and ambience.
We are really delighted that Submergence is currently on show at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). The exhibition runs from 6 May to 24 September 2017 – and the piece has never looked better!