The nine-day Napa Lighted Art Festival 2019 begins tomorrow, Saturday 12th January. A full programme features, amongst many installations, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, Birgit Zander and Daniel Bandke’s Language of Love, and Czech artists Hyperbinary’s Triton Genus, as well as Christopher Schardt’s Constellation Light Scuplture. All of this and Horizon from Ross Ashton and Karnen Monid’s Projection Studio. Ross and Karen have been setting up this week – and Horizon promises to be an Continue reading
Guest blog-post about the Napa Lighted Art Festival from Karen Monid:
Ross and I are thrilled to be asked to return to the Napa Lighted Festival in the USA. Our first piece there, Line, shown in 2017, was a contemporary study in the combined effect of optical illusion, sound and motion with modern architecture. This year, the festival has generously offered us one of the most historic sites in Napa to show our new work, Horizon, a co-commission between the Ordered Universe project, the Light Up Poole Festival in the UK and the Napa Lighted Art Festival in the US.
The Ordered Universe project website has information about Horizon already here. As artists, it has been a wonderful experience to create a new work that is not only inspired by Robert Grosseteste’s works, but goes even further, using his own words as the central core of the piece. Horizon places his observations, experiences and interpretations of the earth and our place in it alongside those of the ecosystem studies of the Jet Propulsion Labaratory in NASA, whose work sits at the cutting edge of 21st century technology. Horizon reveals a surprising similarity of human aim behind scientific enquiry and searching, both then and now. It shows how interpretations have developed, as we have changed our viewing positions from that of being ‘on the earth’ to moving ‘off the earth’ and looking back at ourselves on this planet.
Something new I was keen to explore in the audio for the work, something that has never been done before with the Ordered Universe project, is to focus on the context of Grosseteste’s writings, to allow them to be presented to Horizon‘s audience as the teaching materials we believe them to have been, spoken aloud to students, learning about their place on the earth and in the universe as a whole. It has been exciting to find creatively meaningful ways to do this in Horizon, working with Professor Giles Gasper, Dr Sigbjørn Sønnesyn, and students at Durham University, in particular. Moreover, that Horizon also shows that modern science continues in this same work today shows a direct lineage from thinkers such as Grosseteste into the modern world.
One if the most exciting aspects of the project for us is that we are being given the opportunity to present the piece in Napa on the Goodman Library. The Goodman Library is a beautiful piece of Napa architectural history. It has survived several earthquakes and has recently reopened after an intense restoration program to preserve and protect its unique features. Libraries are the repositories of knowledge and so it is particularly resonant to have developed the premiere of ‘Horizon’ for this particular building. We will be discussing Horizon and our work, at the free ‘Meet the Artist’ event in Napa on January 13th. Tickets are available here.
Finally, we would like to extend our grateful thanks for the support of our collaborators at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, Dr Joshua Willis and Dr Joshua Fisher. Dr Willis is the principal investigator on the OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) mission and Dr Fisher is Science Lead on the ECOSTRESS mission, one of several space-based data gathering missions that are collectively looking at earth ecosystem changes, in collaboration with other space agencies internationally. We are delighted that Dr Joshua Fisher will also be giving a talk at Napa Lighted as part of the program of talks on offer at the Festival. Tickets are available here.
Members of the Ordered Universe team will be in California in January 2019 for the Napa Lighted Art Festival, bringing our favourite blend of medieval history, modern science and mesmerising art to the west coast of the USA for the first time.
This is the ninth in a series of posts designed to tell you more about each of our events at the Napa Lighted Art Festival and how you can get involved.
Members of the Ordered Universe team will be in California in January 2019 for the Napa Lighted Art Festival, bringing our favourite blend of medieval history, modern science, and mesmerising art to the west coast of the USA for the first time.
This is the fourth in a series of posts designed to tell you more about each of our events at the Napa Lighted Art Festival and how you can get involved.
Event: Beyond the Horizon
Dates: 17, 18, 19 Jan 2019
Location: Napa County Historical Society, 1219 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559
Tickets: We strongly recommend booking tickets for this event. Tickets are free and are available via Eventbrite. This event is 45 minutes long and will run twice within its timeslot.
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Horizon: Projection show – with supporting activities Beyond the Horizon
Find out about the science and history behind the projection piece, Horizon in this event that lets you meet the creators and find out how to transform medieval ideas into modern art and research. Dedicated to medieval European science, interpreted through art, history and science, the project’s research underpins Horizon. Discover the medieval cosmos; the wider work of the project on natural phenomena from colour to comets and sound to sight; the science of perception; and artistic interpretations in glass, sculpture and film.
You can learn more about the Horizon projection here. Horizon will play every night of the Napa Lighted Art Festival on the Goodman Library. Watch the show and then come inside to find out how it’s made.
These activities are part of a series curated by the Ordered Universe Research Project and Durham University, UK, for the 2019 Napa Lighted Festival – Beyond.
About the Presenters
The projection piece Horizon featured in the Napa Lighted Art Festival was designed and created by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio.
Ross Ashton was born in Sheffield in 1961. Having trained in photography and theatre he moved to London and began to work in video and slide projection. After spending four years in Paris working with a variety of visual media, he began specialising in High Power Projection in 1992. His years of experience have produced an instinctive understanding of the relationship between artwork and structure, light and surface, object and subject. The size and scale of his work has led to his being commissioned for both stand-alone works and broader based large shows designed and created for national and international audiences. His specially commissioned ‘son et lumière’ have received world-wide attention. His reputation for large scale spectacular pieces mean that he has created projections as commemorations for governments around the world. He has also collaborated with other artists and lighting designers in the production of shows from Rock & Roll to classical concerts and theatre. His expertise has also been called on for numerous film and television productions. His work has been seen by millions throughout his career and never fails to be thought provoking, moving and exhilarating.
Karen Monid is an audio artist and designer, creating soundscapes and sound installations. She works in many fields including outdoor public events, arts festivals and exhibitions and has an extensive background in theatre and production. She is an experienced researcher and scriptwriter and is particularly skilled at working collaboratively with project partners and groups. Her skills include creating sound works for son et lumière productions, incorporating her deep knowledge and long established expertise in architectural projection.
The event Beyond The Horizon will be delivered by the Ordered Universe team.
Hot off the creative desk – some stills from the first half of Horizon showing at the Napa Lighted Art Festival in January 2019 (12-20) (not so long away!). The show features material from the Ordered Universe project and its research on the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste, as well as material from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, curated and brought together and transmuted into something amazing by The Projection Studio – Ross Ashton and Karen Monid. Horizon will take viewers on a journey from the 13th century to the 21st, from the medieval universe to the modern, exploring perennial human questions of where we stand, how we should live, and how we are shaped and limited by our horizons.
So, in January, you’ll be able to catch a number of Ordered Universe team members at the Napa Lighted Art Festival. We’re hugely excited about the opportunity which was instigated by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio (with whom we have worked very successfully as followers of this blog will surely know). We’ve been working Continue reading
As followers of the Ordered Universe and its blog will know, various members of the team worked with The Projection Studio (Ross Ashton and Karen Monid) in June this year, on their show Northern Lights, set, spectacularly, in York Minster. Excitingly the show has been shortlisted for two awards. The first as Best Event in the MinsterFM awards. Now, this is based on a public vote, and voting closes on October 29th. So, if you feel like casting one, just follow this link: https://www.minsterfm.com/local-events/lcavote-event.php
Second, Northern Lights has also been shortlisted for the Excellence In Media Arts Category at the York Culture Awards 2018. This is judged by panel, so we wish the show and Ross and Karen the best of luck for that one.
Anyone who saw the show live will not be surprised, but delighted, by these nominations – it really was something quite stunning – the Minster roof dissolving into sky, for example. It was a real privilege to be of some help in the planning and inspiration for what was projected, alongside other academic colleagues at the University of York. It’s quite appropriate that the show should be recognised – fingers crossed for the awards (and get clicking for the first one!).
January 2019 – if you’re in or around Napa California, drop into the Napa Lighted Festival which runs in the second two weeks of the month. Various members of the Ordered Universe team will be participating with a series of talks and activities in the afternoons and evenings of the 17th, 18th, 19th. We’re thrilled by the invitation to work for and with the Festival, which came about through Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio. With a festival theme of Beyond, we’ll be working with Ross and Karen on a new projection show drawing on Grosseteste’s cosmological treatises: Horizon. On the Six ‘Diffeertiae’, On the Sphere, and others will feature in the new piece, under development at the moment. Taking research from the seminar-room to a different audience, in partnership with artistic collaborators is a fascinating and exhilarating experience. We’re very much looking forward to working with the Parks and Recreation Department in Napa to bring the best that we can to the city. Continue reading
For those unable to see the real thing, two videos below of Northern Lights, the first a view to the Heart of Yorkshire, the second the view of the show onto the nave ceiling. Obviously please note that these are not the professional videos that the Projection Studio will release, and the filming was not the work of the Projection Studio: as soon as the official versions are available we will put them onto the website. However, we hope that these films below will allow you to enjoy the wonderful invention, technical mastery and immersive nature of the projection.
Designed by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, Northern Lights at York Minster was an outstanding success. Playing to the public on the 16th and 17th June, 2018, and to a fundraising event on the 15th organised by the York Minster fund, the projection is a major feature in a campaign to preserve and protect the world-famous medieval glass of the Minster. Northern Lights dazzled the audience, showcasing the medieval glass-work and the medieval heritage of York, curating a journey from creation stories, nature and the cosmos, and thinking about the afterlife, hell and the apocalypse to the beauty of contemplation. A truly immersive experience, in the magnificent setting Continue reading