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Remembering Our Place
Remembering Our Place creates a positive narrative for humankind. It is a story told in the future from the perspective of humanity looking back at how we saved the Earth, and ultimately ourselves.
The installation embodies a multi-layered meaning which is conveyed through the mediums of physical art, poem, sound and light. It reminds us of our place within the environment. Our place on the Earth, our place amongst all things, the place we call home, and our place within ourselves.
It also hints at the truth of our primary reality. Physical reality is singular and inane. It is our perception that gives it value and meaning, this results in multiple versions of the former. Has our general premise that our primary reality is physical, led us down a path of materialism and disconnection? What understanding of reality can help us remember our place?
All of these elements combine, to immerse the audience in an attempt to connect on a personal level. A remembrance of our innate connection, and relationship with the moon, and with the water that forms and surrounds us.
It is then clear, humans have an intrinsic connection to the environment as a whole. However we have cast a growing shadow over it in many ways. But with shadow comes light, the shine, seen in our reflection shows us the power of choice we hold within. It reminds us that we hold the Earth’s fate in our hands.
Lead Designer/Artist: Lee Painter (BDP).
BDP Lighting Team: Lee Painter, Lucia Moreno, Delfina Barbato, Colin Ball.
Poem: written by Lee Painter and Christie Amery.
Poem: graphics by Luke Fletcher.
Soundscape: by Marie Gauthier (from BDP Acoustics) and read by Christie Amery.
Further special thanks to Graham Festenstein, Sean O'Callaghan (Rosco), Russell Beck Studio, Ben Ransley (UCL), Jonathan Meacock, Hector Machado (Architainment), Jim and Shireen Painter.
Thank you to everyone who collaborated and contributed to help make this installation possible.
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‘Tide 2020’ highlights our relationship with tide, a phenomenon caused by a celestial mechanism between the sun, the moon and the earth. The façade of South Malling church turns into a canvas for a projection of tidal water showcasing the changing levels of tide through the years. The installation incorporates the soundscape of poetry by acclaimed poet, Grace Nichols, and a collection of memories inspired by tide, sea and river from the Lewes community.
This phenomenon, created by extraterrestrial forces, has influenced the way we live our lives and has inspired our curiousity for more than thousands of years. Notable thinkers such as Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton and James Cook had all been intrigued by it. Attempts to predict the tide throughout our history reflects its importance on our lives. The installation aspires to bring back our nostalgic memories of the tide, to raise awareness of its impact on our lives and to encourage people to protect what is truly important for them.
Special thank you to Grace Nichols for her poetry and members of Lewes Pilot Gig Club and Trinity South Malling church for sharing their beautiful tidal memories for this installation.
Sunny is a lighting designer at Studio 29 having worked on a wide range of high-profiled projects in central London including Liberty London, Coal Drops Yard, Ilona Rose House, Kingly Street, Princes Arcade and St James’s Market. Her works focuses on using light as a medium to encourage human emotion and create an experience within the space. Originally an oilfield engineer, Sunny came to London to pursue her passion for lighting and graduated from The Bartlett, University College London in MSc Light and Lighting. In 2018 she was shortlisted for SLL Young Lighter of the Year.
Grace Nichols has written widely for both adults and children. Among her awards, are The 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize for her first collection, 'I is a long-memoried Woman' , the Guyana Poetry Prize for 'Sunris' and the 2001 Cholmondeley Award. She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery, London which inspired her collection; Picasso, I Want My Face Back. She is among the poets whose work is on the current GCSE syllabus. A new collection, Passport To Here and There, is due out by Bloodaxe shortly.
A Space to Drop In
A video installation to create a contemplative space.
Through her use of film, reflection and water, the artist invites us to reflect upon the integral relationship between the moon, water and the self.
Footage of the sea, taken both locally and abroad, montaged with an image of the moon are reflected into a pool of water taken from the River Ouse, Lewes, Sussex.
A Space to Drop In has been staged during the new moon cycle, a traditional time to plant seeds and set intentions. A token penny is given upon arrival and participants are encouraged to set a positive intention for the future within it before dropping it into the water, distorting the image and signifying the power of intent.
Water has long been considered to hold memory and be a powerful conductor of information. Drawing on the heightened awareness of our impact on the environment, the installation brings together collective intention and the use of water to form a powerful connection for change.
When the festival concludes, the water will be returned to the River Ouse and flow out into the wider seas, releasing the shared wishes and intentions carrying the collective message for the future.
A Space to Drop In is housed in the west wing of the 13th Century South Malling Church, Lewes.
Thank you for your participation.
Kate Chapman is a Brighton based Fine Artist who works with photography, film, movement, and collage. Her work predominantly uses light and reflection to explore the connection we have with ourselves as well as the natural world. She is particularly fascinated by the unseen magic that exists in the mundane everyday life.