Loudoun House, Lexington, Kentucky
Artists: Caitlind r.c. Brown + Wayne Garrett
Commissioned by the Lexington Art League - http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/
Built from 700 hand-cut glass bottles, LEDs, vibration sensors, and electronics, BELLWETHER marries new and analog technologies, transforming simple motion into sound and light. Viewers are invited to explore BELLWETHER, stepping into the darkness beneath overhanging bells, ringing them as they move and activating the bells, causing them to flicker like fireflies. As the viewer walks through the field of bells, they leave a luminous trail of tinkling light behind them.
Interactive by its very nature, a bell cannot ring without a catalyst, whether that force is a living being, the wind, or some other external activator. In this sense, a ringing bell is evidence of a nearby presence, tracing ghosts of movement through vibration and sound. A “bellwether” is an omen, a predictor of the future. While whimsical and alluring, BELLWETHER’s use of familiar materials gently indicates the complex relationship between humans and consumable goods - the ghosts of our presence in this world – and asks audiences to re-imagine common place discarded items and their potential to create experiences in the place of garbage.
Thanks to the Lexington Art League's awesome staff (Becky Atkinson Alley, Kelly Karbowicz, Stephanie Harris, and Candace Chaney); our awesome interns Katie Brooks, Rachel Crowe, Jay Hawkins, Rebecca, Amy, and all the rest!); the awesome photographer and videographer, Tatiana and Brittany; Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde for their last-minute bell-building super help; Georgia Henkel for being the sweetest support and getting other people involved; Gayle Cerlan, John Long, Bill, and more for being those other people; my Mom for being part of the Mom sweat-shop; and Enoteca (a wine and Tapas bar in Lexington) for donating about 1,500 used wine bottles. Thank you everybody!!
This video and installation are both copyrighted by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. This content cannot be used without express written permission from the artists.