Illuminating York

Digital arts and lighting festival Illuminating York got under way last night with an architectural mapping projection over the Castle Museum.

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

Source: Photo by Kippa Matthews

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

United VJs has designed the Castle Museum commission Envisions which has been developed to the brief ‘echoes of the past.’

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

Source: Photo by Kippa Matthews

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

An ambitious montage was displayed using the most powerful projectors the festival has seen to date, based on the building’s use as a women’s prison in the 18th century, but also taking in other colourful episodes of the city’s past, including a timely tribute to infamous Yorkshireman Guy Fawkes. 

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

Source: Photo by Kippa Matthews

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

Expect a kaleidoscopic, retina-burning wall of colour, picking out building features through architectural mapping. Running for the next two nights from 6.30-10.00pm, it’s an audiovisual display mixed live.

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

Source: Photo by Kippa Matthews

Envisions, created by United VJs and GaiaNova

 Over in Dean’s Park sound artist Karen Monid has created Contours, a sound installation, running to the same schedule – a spoken word and musical piece composed of seven different languages including Old Norse, Icelandic and Swedish.

The sonically perceptive among you may be able to pick out a sheep bone flute and Jorvik panpipes from the eighth century.

Illuminating York 2011 runs from  26 – 29 October from 6.30-10.00pm

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