An installation created during Locator 20, a residency run in Rowen, North Wales, by Simon Whitehead.
The landscape around and above Rowen is old and vast. Although it has been shaped by human activity, this shaping is superficial. It remains, ultimately, oblivious to our presence. It has been here long before we arrived and will still be here long after we are gone.
It therefore seemed arrogant and intrusive to create a piece in the landscape that required significant input from me. I felt it much more appropriate to use largely what was already available - topology, objects found on the hillside and weather.
The windmills act as a power source, harnessing the ever-present wind to activate percussive events on the iron gate, but they also recall both the nearby seaside and the monstrous/beautiful wind turbines at Moel Maelogan, visible across the valley. Two microphones are fixed to the gate in order to amplify the deep and complex resonances within the gate structure that are induced by the windmills and objects. The audience get to hear both versions simultaneously - the initial and direct sound of sheep bone on iron, of rusted sheet on rusted strut, squeak and judder of each windmill's rotation - and the richer, resonant, indirect thuds, scrapes and drones fed through the speakers.
The version presented here is a recording of only the direct, unamplified sound.
Graphic meanderings contemplating and illustrating the division and replication of a single diploid and haploid living cell to the eventual trillions, and the transmogrification of digital technology into ‘real virtuality’ … all a bit wordy … but a thought provoking subject and an exciting idea.
The visuals have been generated from a 3D Scan of a recent figurative sculpture by Graham Bowers... the images were generated in a 3D CAD program after importing the Scan file ... over 1.2 million vertices producing 750,000 facets (triangular faces).
A replica of the original sculpture has now been physically produced by the Fused Depostion Modelling process
Visuals: Graham Bowers
Music: Human Heartbeat
If you have had a look at the excerpt of the video/film 'Yr Aelwyd' and thought 'mmmh ... it's sought of OK' ... you might like to see it in it's entirety and perhaps even vote for it at http://www.virtualmoviefestival.com/movies/ .
I must pre-warn you it is 34 minutes long
It has won the Best Film award in the Avant-Garde category at the Swansea Film Festival http://www.swanseafilmfestival.com/2010/winners.htm and is scheduled for screening at:
Chagrin Falls International Documentary Film Festival ~ USA ~ October 2010 ~ http://www.amritsa.com/ohio/index.htm