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KeyframesGroupe LAPS - Thomas Veyssiere (France)
Groupe LAPS’ quirky illuminated stickmen took over the former Durham Miners’ Hall in a light-hearted commemoration of the building’s heritage.
Part animation, part moving sculpture, Groupe LAPS’ playful installation was made up of 80 LED stickmen taking over the former Miners’ Hall on North Road. Drawing on Durham’s heritage, the work included a soundtrack featuring Durham County Youth Big Band and their rendition of Lee Dorsey’s ‘Working in the Coalmine’ (arranged by French composer Gregox Mondo), as well as the atmospheric sounds of the Miners Gala.
Durham’s first Miners Hall on North Road opened in 1876 with the aim of putting miners on an equal footing with their employers. A place of debate and community, the hall has continued its purpose through the years with many different faces, more recently as a bingo hall and nightclub.
Based in France, Groupe LAPS is a collective of artists who are interested in using light in urban environments to tell stories. Comprising video makers, artists, musicians and lighting experts, the group create technical pieces that enchant audiences. Groupe LAPS’ work swings between reality and fiction, and their fleeting installations always have long-lasting impacts.
Another installation in the Keyframes series was part of Lumiere London 2016.