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2.30pm – Antony Barkworth-Knight – Homage to the Rain: An insight
Antony Barkworth-Knight is a filmmaker from Manchester, UK. Working across multiple disciplines he creates eclectic work spanning artist film, documentary, music videos and live performance. Central to his work is a strong interplay between audio and visual elements.
Antony will be talking about his new work Homage to the Rain, co-commissioned by Quays Culture and University of Salford Art Collection for Lightwaves 2019.
The new film celebrates rainfall around the world, bringing together globally crowd-sourced footage of rain set to an original score. Through the prism of the phenomena of rainfall we see how people are living around the world in 2019: What are our homes like? What environments do we live in? Our clothes; our culture; our surrounding landscape; our way of life; how is it transformed when it rains?
Stories, in the broadest sense of the word, shape the meaning and momentum of everyday life. Thousands of years ago, sitting around a campfire, people were telling stories to try to make sense of the chaotic world they lived in. This warm light was bringing them together day after day, human connection being essential to our survival. Communities were built around public places like this campfire. In the past decades, our public places have somehow been forgotten, due the type of urban development aiming toward more private spaces. And people now prefer to connect in the virtual world, through social network, thus contributing even more in the disappearance of the public component in our cities.
How can light based immersive multi-sensory environment play a role in helping people rediscover their public places? Can interactive installations be part of the placemaking principles used to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share? This presentation will cover this subject through case studies of past projects and the design process behind them.