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Stellar Stellarium and film screening of Starry Messenger by Bedwyr William...
Thu 23 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
As part of their project ‘New Henge Heritage’ Arianne Churchman and Chloe Langlois invite you to an evening of two halves, creating night-time ‘planetarium-style’ skyscapes followed by a film screening of Starry Messenger by Bedwyr Williams (please note the film is 16+)
Stellar Stellarium: Arianne and Chloe invite you to this interactive workshop using Stellarium, an open source planetarium that shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Together you will use this technology to create skyscapes for the Peterborough Stone and for the GBY. This will be based upon their findings with the archeoastronomer Daniel Brown who is helping us to chart the site of the Peterborough Stone.
About Starry Messenger by Bedwyr Williams
Bedwyr Williams represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013 International Art Exhibition where he displayed a series of works in an exhibition entitled The Starry Messenger
Williams recalls driving through north Wales as a boy with his dad one starry night. "It was cold, and we had the sun roof open. I looked up and said: 'Bloody hell - it's amazing. There's a lot of unknown out there!' And Dad said: 'It doesn't pay to think about that too much.'"
Bedwyr Williams describes The Starry Messenger to be about how you can escape the here and now, either into the microscopic world of a terrazzo floor or the heavens above with your eye to the lens of a viewing machine. It is about the universe and our place within it. The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius) was written by Galileo in 1610 and exists as the first published text of observations made through a telescope. His discoveries had a profound influence on astronomy and cosmology, and the Roman Catholic Church cautioned Galileo against speaking out on behalf of the Copernican claim, which placed the sun, rather than the earth, at the centre.
Williams, who uses humor to entice our interest in man and his subsequent follies, takes the opportunity to draw from Venice’s history and further coax the common man (you, me and everyone we know) to question our roles in what the artist calls: “this fragmented universe we are living in.” The film is a heady claustrophobic mix of the ideas. Williams appears with a mosaic head and throughout the film we are encouraged to imagine ourselves as small pieces, stuck in the rubble amongst other chunks and pebbles.
To see Bedwyr Williams introduce the Starry Messenger visit: https://vimeo.com/69550189
For further details of New Henge Heritage visit: http://www.metalculture.com/artists-area/arianne-churchman-and-chloe-langlois/