Sunday afternoon was one of celebration for all the hard work that first went into the performance, and then the dedication that went into the film installation and the publication. Most importantly it celebrated the short life of Louisa Maud Evans who made a brave leap into Cardiff’s sky in 1896. I was honoured to have the support of a great team of practitioners who helped realise my visual and creative aims. The continued support of Ruth Cayford and the technician’s at St. David’s Hall also contributed to the final results, I am eternally grateful to everyone involved. Having the Friends of Cathays Cemetery present at the event to provide extra historical content strengthened the sense of place I had hoped to achieve.
Thank you to everyone that visited the installation, read the publication, and provided great feedback. It’s such a relief to have finally got the work out to the public.
Please continue to visit this blog, as this is not the last we will hear of this project. Watch this space!
We are nearing the final hour for the event on Sunday. I am looking forward to making this last part of the project visible and showing it to family, friends, familiar faces, and new audiences.
I am excited by the thought of having feedback, or critique after sharing the film and text with everyone. Often you spend so long with the work lovingly crafting it, that it becomes hard to see the wood from the trees. I have reached this point and need to get it out there and share the experience, discuss the work and ideas behind it with an audience.
BBC Screen directly outside St. David's Hall. Cardiff, UK
Only a week to go until the launch, and things are almost ready. The film is complete and I will be experimenting with the lighting technicians at St. David’s hall during the week. When I show film I like to create an environment. It is important to me that I deliver my experiences of making a performance through film- I try to emphasise that moment in time and redeliver it. Through showing the documentation and working on it, I am given an opportunity to vocalise exactly what I had aimed to say in the original action. A performance for me is an integral part of the process. It is very rarely my finished piece, or the finale of a project. Installation is something I wish to do more often, and I am relishing the idea of creating an ephemeral installation for the event. Sound will be key to the space and will come from the original recording of the live work. The rustling of balloons, the swaying of trees and the wind will engulf the space. Combined with the purple lighting and the film projection the strangeness of the level 3 space at St. David’s hall will be transformed.
The longevity of this project lies with the publication. I can’t wait to share it with you as so much labour and love has gone into creating the document, which I see as a mobile exhibition.
Launching the film to the wider general public is exciting and an integral element to this work. Originally I had hoped to create an original artwork to insert in the Echo Newspaper (Cardiff’s daily rag). My intention behind this was to honour the public that subscribed to pay for Louisa’s grave and funeral. When I first heard about this public act of kindness I felt a need to repay them and honour this collective good. It didn’t work out for various reasons, but I think the BBC screen is a great vehicle for sharing this artwork and a unique slice of Cardiff’s history.
The invites have been distributed, and I am hoping people will cherish them. It is an A4 full bleed poster of myself leaping during the performance, it then folds down to A6 and has all the relevant information. I view invites and publications as mobile artworks or exhibitions and put a lot of energy into making them. I remember as a student lovingly tacking inspirational invites up in my studio space. When remembering this I am inspired to create a document that people wish to treasure.
Please join me at St. David's Hall on Sunday 20th November 2011, 2.30pm-4.30pm to celebrate the hard work and joy of making this new work.