Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Crispian Steele-Perkins comes to Exeter Cathedral 'Cathedra 900' culminates with '900 Years of Light' Three Nights Only Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 2/3/4 October 2013 Multimedia Exhibition and Classical Quartet - Message from Gillian Taylor


Crispian Steele-Perkins
Baroque Trumpeter

Exeter Cathedral will be the setting for a multimedia response to the building’s 900 year history and the contributions that craftspeople have made during that time. 900 Years of Light is the culmination of Cathedra 900, an Arts Council England funded project by visual and multimedia artist Mark Ware.

Mark Ware
photographs Exeter Cathedral for Cathedra 900
(and is himself photographed by Peter Stephens)
For the last 18 months, Mark has been exploring the Cathedral and interpreting its art and architecture through photography, abstract photomontages, 3D artwork and sound. 900 Years of Light will be an evening of film, readings, music and the premiere of Mark Ware’s video composition accompanied by specially arranged music performed by internationally acclaimed trumpeter, Crispian Steele-Perkins and a string trio.

The 900 Years of Light video composition will bring together Mark’s images showing details, patterns and architectural shapes, creating illusions of stillness and movement. During the screening of the work, the cathedral will appear to breathe as its vaulted ceiling is cast with slowly changing light, and the live music resonates throughout the building.

Mark, who is based in Devon, is a visual and multimedia artist whose current work reflects his altered perception of the world brought about by a stroke in 1996 at the age of 39. Mark said:

“Stroke affects everything I do and how I perceive the world. It influences all my art and it keeps me in the ‘here and now’ because of the physical and mental challenges it presents me with. When I look at the images I’ve created, I remember what the temperature was, whether I was in pain, and every detail of how I felt at the time.

“These images are my response to the cathedral, interwoven with music and spoken narrative, and I hope that they will offer a meaningful and rewarding response to the building, helping people to feel at peace and to come away altered in a positive way.

“Cathedra 900 is a profoundly rewarding project. I’m privileged and honoured to be participating in Exeter Cathedral’s 900 year timeline, contributing to centuries of artistic activity within its walls.”

Crispian Steele-Perkins will speak about the music, explaining how it fits into the Cathedral’s timeline. The evening’s events will be introduced by actor Emily Kreider, and will include contributions by filmmaker Michael Bickerton.

A collection of over 1500 of Mark’s digital images are to be donated to Exeter Cathedral’s archive after this event, and Mark hopes that these will provide inspiration for future generations.

900 Years of Light takes place at 7.30 on 2, 3 & 4 October.

Tickets are £5 and available from the Cathedral website or at the Cathedral.

For further information: Gillian Taylor 07768 458601 gilliantaylorpr@btinternet.com

Full Article by Gillian Taylor

Exeter Cathedral
"900 Years of Light"
900 Years of Light
Exeter Cathedral 
Wed/Thur/Fri 2/3/4 October 7.30pm
Introduction by Emily Kreider
Lecture by Crispian Steele-Perkins
(baroque trumpeter) - trumpets through the ages
40 minute video installation by Mark Bickerton
(featuring images of the cathedral)
leading into stills photography and poetry
(recited by Emily Kreider)

exploring the Cathedral's history
composed by Mark Ware
accompanied by 'Lyric Strings' trio
violin: Patricia Calnan  viola: George Robertson
'cello: Nicola Thomas
and trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins
Tickets: £5
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