Vigil

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Vigil was exhibited for the first time in the ballroom at Tregwynt Manor, St Nicholas, near Fishguard in April 2009. Vigil explores the presence that Strumble Head Lighthouse has on the surrounding landscape in North Pembrokeshire. Strumble Head was built in 1908, and its rotating beam can be seen for thirty miles in all directions. Every lighthouse has its own distinctive “character”, recognised by a pattern and duration of flashes, in this case one flash every two seconds four times followed by seven seconds of darkness. Vigil explores how this rhythm has permeated the land for over a hundred years, seeping into the psyche of its inhabitants. The installation also explores the lighthouse as a threshold place, situated between land and sea, day and night and human and animal kingdoms. Using Strumble’s regulated light pattern as a guide for editing both picture and sound, the film invites a quiet contemplation of the internal and external rhythms that influence our daily experiences, rituals and memories. The sound has been edited in Dolby Digital surround sound, providing the audience with a sense of being immersed in the place.

On the opening night GWRANDO performed a live sonic event that responded to and interacted with the installation. This sonic arts collective was founded in 2007 by Lou Laurens and Jacob Whittaker and aims to provide a locus and forum for its members, and to develop time based and live arts by hosting and promoting events in Ceredigion and beyond. The performance could be reconfigured for a new location. Click here for a link to a video recording of this event.

In 2010 Vigil was screened at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan in February, installed at Chapter Arts Centre as an installation and event in September, and screened at the Alchemy Film and Video Festival, Hawick

 

stills from Vigil

installation shots

 

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