We are honored to have been given the task of creating the closing event for the Root1066 Contemporary Arts Festival in Hastings on Oct 16th. We are in the process of creating something unique to end the month long series of events marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, our only brief was to present something ‘forward looking’. We decided to use one of Hasting’s newest buildings, one which will have a major impact on the town over the coming years, the largest underground Skate and BMX park in the world, Source Park. The park is 65m in length, was once a Victorian Baths and not without its challenges but we have assembled an amazing group of musicians, artists, technicians and engineers to collaborate with us in a sequence of experiments utilizing the space in distinctive ways. This will be a ‘Work in Progress’. Tickets are FREE but LIMITED you can get yours HERE.
Saturday Oct 1st BBC2 aired an hour long special featuring the incomparable Kate Tempest performing her new extended poem ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’. We worked with Art Director Harris Elliot and Content Director Manny Bonnet contributing animations to the presentation, some original work and others adding subtle movement to photo montage artist Peter Kennard’s iconic imagery. An edit of our contribution is coming soon and you can catch the full show on BBC iplayer HERE.
2016 marks the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings and there are many related activities and events throughout the year in the town and surrounding area. The main focus of the festivities comes at the end of the summer, the ROOT1066 International Festival, which runs from September 3rd till October 16th. Festival Director Polly Gifford has commissioned us to create a closing event for the celebrations, for which we have chosen the recently opened Source Park, the worlds largest underground skate and BMX park, as the venue. We’re currently making plans and talking ideas through with collaborators in order to create A unique Work In Progress, the start of an ongoing wider work focusing on the Source Park. More info will be released over the next two months with hints as to what you might expect. Join us on October 16th from 6pm.
Our work with Cardboard Citizens continued throughout the Spring with a very special one- off re-staging of Ken Loach’s iconic TV play ‘Cathy Come Home’ at the Barbican on July 5th. We were Digital Designers on the project which involved us creating the storyboard, design, animation and presentation of Joanna Layla‘s elegant illustrations. The performance was streamed live and received a 4 star review on The Guardian‘s website. The production was commissioned by the Institute of Fundraising on the 50th anniversary of the TV plays initial airing and in the year of Cardboard Citizens 25th anniversary. You can watch the performance HERE which is followed by a panel discussion chaired by BBC journalist Samira Ahmed featuring Ken Loach.