NVA were invited by the Scottish Government, in partnership with Creative Scotland and the British Council Scotland, to curate a distinctive Scottish presence at La Biennale di Venezia’s 2010 International Architecture Exhibition.
They presented a programme of public events, entitled To Have and To Hold, responding to the themes of restoration and reuse of our built heritage, particularly on the potential restoration of St Peter’s Seminary near Cardross.
This video documents the debated future of St Peter’s within an historical context that reconnects with the radical roots of Ruskin’s nineteenth century conservation theories by academics, artists and architects from Europe. This led to the production of a new publication To Have And To Hold which was released in August 2011.
The full length Speed of Light Ruhr short film will be screened in a world premiere event at SWG3 in Glasgow on Saturday 1st November, along with the Speed of Light Yokohama and Ghost Peloton films. For further information and tickets, please visit: speedoflightfilmpremieres.eventbrite.com/?aff=vim
NVA brought Speed of Light to the Ruhr region in North-West Germany for an ultra version in October 2013. Previously staged as a centrepiece of the Edinburgh International Festival, then touring to Yokohama (Japan) and Salford (England), the night-time work uses light, intentional movement and sound to change the way we perceive a chosen environment.
Over three nights, 6 iconic locations in the Emscher Landscape Park were brought to life through the choreographed movement of massed runners. Runners connected the whole Ruhr region, running up to 18k between performances each night. Sites included a man-made mountain, collieries, coking plants, steel works and the remarkable green corridors that interconnect some of the greatest industrial heritage in the world
Artist James Johnson was commissioned by NVA to create a visualisation of the transformation of the St. Peter's seminary space in Cardross from its current derelict state to a useable canvas for symposiums, events and performances.
For more information on the ongoing status of Kilmahew / St. Peter's project, visit: nva.org.uk/