Location: Penshaw Monument, Sunderland / County Durham border
Viewing point: Herrington Country Park
With kind permission of National Trust
A beautiful and haunting memorial to those we have lost to Covid on this North East landmark
A Telling of Light is a special new commission to memorialise and commemorate the huge number of lives lost to Covid in the UK during the course of the pandemic, the work will reflect and recognise the magnitude of this loss and specifically the loss of breath.
This contemplative piece will be visible from up to 20 miles away. It will incorporate multiple videos of a single illuminated breath, which will rise up the pillars of the Penshaw Monument and disappear into the dark of the night.
The whole sequence will be accompanied by the hauntingly beautiful music of Hildagard von Bingen, the 12th-century mystic and visionary and one of the earliest-known female composers. The soundtrack will be available for audiences to download to listen to at a distance as they view the piece, from Lumiere-festival.co.uk and on the Artichoke channel on Bloomberg Connects.
About Elaine Buckholtz & Ian Winters
Elaine Buckholtz is a multidisciplinary artist, operating in the space between light installation and architecture. Her work transforms environments and sites into quiet spectacles, inducing a sense of wonder by activating architectural forms and spaces with moving light, sculptural elements and sound.
Ian Winters is an award-winning media and performance artist who often collaborates with acclaimed composers, directors, and choreographers to create visual and acoustic media environments in performance. He maintains an active worldwide teaching practice leading workshops in live media and the integration of sensors, physical performance and site-based pieces and is a visiting research fellow at the University of Sussex.