Here is a selection of photographs from Leeds Light Night, October 2010.
Artists Talk: Rachel Goodyear and Bernd Behr discuss their films.
17.15 – 18.30, 23 November 2010
42 New Briggate, Leeds
Free – for tickets, email Andy Abbott: email@example.com
Public Installation & Art Walk
17.00 – 21.00, 24 November 2010
The Hepworth, Wakefield
Free (for a map of the installation, look at the right picture above)
Public Installation & Art Walk
19.00 – 22.00, 18 February 2011
Free (part of Coastival festival)
The Moving Body in the City – a new way to be involved with London 2012
‘Moving Body in the City’, a new series of short films and a projected kaleidoscope by six contemporary artists specialising in audio visual artwork, will celebrate the post industrial landscape and communities of Yorkshire at a series of events beginning on 23 November. The work has been commissioned by arts organisation Lumen as part of imove, Yorkshire’s signature arts and culture programme for ensuring a legacy from The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Artists Bernd Behr, Rachel Goodyear, Emily Richardson, Emma Rushton & Derek Tyman and Rob & Matt Vale have used digital images, sound and animation to create films and installations that convey a sense of place, using locations inside and outdoors in Holmfirth, Leeds, Scarborough and Wakefield to reflect how the past, present and future communities of these areas move through their town or city.
Each short film examines historic or abandoned buildings in these Yorkshire towns and cities, assessing how the movement of communities into and through them has changed or influenced the spaces. The films will be shown at locations across Wakefield (24 November) as part of a city wide ‘art walk’ which starts at new gallery The Hepworth Wakefield, where visitors will be able to pick up a map of the route. The films will then continue to tour Yorkshire, with the final screening event in Scarborough (February 2011), where it will be part of Coastival Festival; they will also be available online and distributed on a limited edition DVD.
The Kaleidoscope will use images taken at each film location, collected together and projected onto the outside of a building in the town or city as part of the arranged ‘art walk’.
Inspired by the striking new gallery designed by David Chipperfield, The Hepworth Wakefield, and the River Calder on whose banks it sits, in London based artist Bernd Behr’s piece, ‘Contact and Concretion’, he examines the mineralogical history of the new building from its starting point as limestone from Hope Works Quarry to the finished building. ‘Contact and Concretion’ references a 1953 film about Barbara Hepworth – ‘Figures in a Landscape’ – which includes a sequence where the camera zooms out of the centre of one of Hepworth’s sculptures. Bernd has paid homage to this shot using a concrete maquette from early stages in the construction of The Hepworth Wakefield.
Rachel Goodyear (Manchester), whose intricate pencil drawings secured her a place on the shortlist for the 2009 Northern Art Prize, creates hand drawn stop-motion animation for her work ‘Kissing in Tunnels’ – inspired by the same titled film made by Holmfirth local legends the Bamforth brothers. The Bamforth’s came to prominence during the 1890s for the industrial mass production of magic lantern slides and, after 1904, for their expansion into the international market for postcards and then film making. Rachel’s film is also inspired by the Yorkshire town of Holmfirth and local events including the folk festival, which influenced her drawings that feature mischievous demons dancing an eternal jig and crows stabbing at a tree stump.
‘The Futurist’ by Emily Richardson (London) is inspired by the transition in cinema from 35mm film to digital projection. The piece is a single 360 degree animated shot which was filmed at the historic Futurist Cinema on Scarborough’s sea front. Opened as a cinema in 1927 the Futurist has undergone substantial changes, becoming a theatre for much of the second half of the 20th century before extensive refurbishments in 2002. Richardson uses the building’s colourful history and sounds gathered from past shows to create an animated film and soundtrack that pays homage to film and cinema. ‘The Fururist’ has been programmed as part of the Venice, London, Nottingham and Moscow film festivals.
Rushton & Tyman (Manchester) have recreated and distorted a scene from ‘Billy Liar’, the classic 1963 film by John Schlesinger, set in Leeds. In the piece, entitled ‘Liar’, the artists restage a fantasy scene at Leeds Town Hall weaving historic images of 1960s Leeds architecture with new shots of these same buildings under demolition.
Matt & Rob Vale have produced ‘Kaleidoscope’, a compilation of stills collected in Holmfirth, Leeds, Scarborough and Wakefield which will be projected onto buildings in each of the featured towns and cities. On 24 November from 5pm in Wakefield, the Kaleidoscope will display collections of constantly changing images, showing how people connect to the ground in each location, whether that is by shoe or skateboard, stiletto or scooter.
Jenny Harris, imove producer, commented: “Moving Body in the City examines how we use our surroundings, both physically as we move around and also historically as areas and buildings are shaped by the flow of people that inhabit them, the changes they make and things they leave behind. Hopefully by experiencing the films and the Kaleidoscope, people will be inspired to get involved with more cultural events in the run up to London 2012.”
imove is a new and imaginative celebration of human movement, bringing together the best creative talent from the region to produce a programme of events designed to inspire the public in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. imove is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England.
Find us at http://www.imoveand.com
For further information, images or artist biographies please contact Anys Williams or Debbie Pett at Anita Morris Associates on 01943 603311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Debbie@anitamorrisassociates.co.uk
Lumen is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Leeds, specialising in artistic projects and events. Their artistic programme aims to nurture and exhibit video, sound, film and techology from established and emerging artists and producers. They focus on artistic work that experiments with elements of still & moving images, audio-visual performance and related sound art, aiming to change people’s perceptions of what they can achieve with limited funds and encourage experimentation with high production values.
The Moving Body in the City is a series of five new film and projection works inspired by the moving body in relation to public space. Commissioned by Lumen and imove, artists Rachel Goodyear, Emily Richardson, Tyman & Rushton, Bernd Behr and Rob and Matt Vale have used locations in Leeds, Wakefield, Holmfirth and Scarborough to examine how these towns and cities have been shaped by people moving through them.
You can read more about the artists’ films at the blog http://movingbodyinthecity.wordpress.com/
The works are connected via an artwalk through the city centre (there’ll be a printed map at each of the film locations for you to pick up) and you’re invited to create your own projections using Rob and Matt Vale’s giant kaleidoscope positioned on Leeds Civic Hall.
The Moving Body in the City is part of imove, which celebrates and challenges the relationship between people and their moving bodies through a series of arts projects across Yorkshire during the run up to London 2012. imove is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England. Find out more at
You are warmly invited to join us for two discussion events relating to Lumen and imove’s recent commissions of five publicly-sited audio-visual installations the first of which is on Tues Oct 5th. See below for details.
The events are free of charge but due to limited space it is recommended you secure a place by emailing Andy Abbott email@example.com. Refreshments will be provided.
The talk on October 5th has been programmed to allow those interested in attending Pavilion’s multi-location screening on the same evening to attend both as they share similar concerns. http://www.pavilion.org.uk/pavilion.php?pid=4
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What is the relationship between the screen and the active body? Coinciding with Lumen and imove’s commissioning of five publicly-sited audio-visual installations, please join us for a discussion event around this theme in two parts. The talks will use the artists’ work as a starting point for a conversation around film, video and screen-based art and its potential to animate public space, engage audiences and prompt activity.
Part 1. With presentations by Rushton and Tyman, and Emily Richardson. October 5th 5:15pm – 6:30pm at 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds.
Part 2. With presentations by Rachel Goodyear and Bernd Behr. November 23rd 5:15pm – 6:30pm at 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds.
The first event (October 5th) will focus on themes of cultural narratives and historical traces that are unearthed through video installation. Artists Rushton and Tyman and Emily Richardson will discuss their recent work as part of the imove programme. Tina Richardson, of Leeds Psychogeography group, and Sue Ball, who has commissioned a number of public art works in the city, will be the evenings’ respondents to help reflect upon the manner in which arts physical intervention can alter perceptions of, and consequently help shape, urban space.
The second of the discussions (November 23rd) will develop these initial themes by bringing artists Rachel Goodyear and Bernd Behr to present their work and relay their experiences working on the imove commission. Artists film curator Will Rose will join as respondent. At this conversation the relationship between tactile, physical presence and the digital image will provide a base to collectively explore ideas about what we might consider ‘active engagement’ to be.
Both discussion events will take place at 42 New Briggate Gallery, New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU and be facilitated by Andy Abbott and Jenny Harris
The new commissions will be screened at Leeds Corn Exchange, OK Comics and Leeds Civic Hall as part of Leeds Light Night on Friday 8th October and at locations around The Hepworth Wakefield on the 24th November
For enquiries, please contact James Islip, Moving Body in the City Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
What were the starting points with your research and work?
I was working on an idea for a series of cinema films when I was approached to make this film. I was drawn to the Futurist cinema in Scarborough as it is a 2500 seat cinema with a rich history that is threatened with closure, a pre-digital relic that I felt needed to be recorded before it is potentially erased from memory. The idea for this series of films was to create a single 360 degree shot in each cinema where a 35mm feature film is being projected without an audience. Each film would be shot using only the light from the projection with long exposures on single frames abstracting the projection to light and colour, condensing the film to just a few minutes. The soundtrack for each public spaces under-pined the idea that by taking people out of the frame and leaving only the environment it gives a deeper insight into human nature as well as a keener awareness of that environment. Traces of human presence are visible in the architect, landscape and arrangement of objects left behind.
This film is a condensed experience of film viewing in a cinema where the sound becomes a cacophony of past projections and the aural experience is closer to that of the projectionist than the audience.
Describe the process in creating your work so far?
Shooting on single frames to create a seamless animated single shot lasting 4 minutes took a lot of testing so I spent time in my local cinema doing this before the final shoot which paid off but it still took 3 days to get the final shot for the film.
All the sound was recorded in the projection booth of the cinema at the time of shooting to get the most authentic direct sound I could to work with to put together the soundtrack.
This film relates strongly to ideas and concerns in my previous films. It comes out of an interest in the relationship between film and photography, the still and moving image and is similar to my other work in the use of light to animate and environment, to make a portrait of a place.
To what degree has your (physical) relationship with the site influenced in the project’s direction?
It was in interesting process, sitting in an empty cinema for 3 days attempting to create the shot that you see in the film. There is something magical about being alone in a 2500 seat cinema watching a film but also knowing that this particular cinema, like many others may not exist for much longer, it felt like an important way to mark the passing of this place, the end of an era of 35mm film projection.
How might you envisage the audience engaging with or experience the work?
I hope the audience will be able to see this work in the cinema where it was made, as well as other cinemas, where it will become a reflective experience, one where the audience is made very aware of where they are sitting and viewing the film, highlighting their physical relationship to it.
I am continuing the series while I am artist in residence at FACT, Liverpool over the summer.