January 26, 2012 Sam

Interview with the team bringing Frequency to the Roman Baths tonight

Photo credit Andy Welsher

 

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January see the continuation of the Illuminate Bath festival, with something extra! As well as the rolling programme of artists and performers on Stall Street, and installations from Bath Spa university students, Tine Bech, and the Greyworld collaborative, the Roman Baths themselves will be open to the public, and there will be a brand new artwork: Frequency.

Sam Drew spoke to the four artists responsible—Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Tom Newell and Ollie Davies—to get an idea of what Frequency will bring to the historic Roman Baths.

 

SAM

 

How do you all feel about bringing your artwork into the Roman Baths, combining a world heritage site with current projection and animation technology?

 

FREQUENCY

 

Incredibly lucky! The setting itself is so visually impressive already, it’s an honour really. The warm spa and the cold winter air creates a really eeiry mist which has made it completely different to anything any of us has done before. The natural element is completely unpredictable so we never feel completely in control, which makes it completely individual to the space and the time it’s viewed. We have also been keen not to detract from the awe of the place itself and so have tried to make Frequency ‘play in’ to the Roman Baths.

 

SAM

 

What kind of response do you expect from the audience?

 

FREQUENCY

 

We’re hoping that the combination of the venue itself, its natural mist and the audio/ visual performance it will be quite an immersive spectable, transforming the space into something unique.

 

SAM

 

How did your collaboration come about?

 

FREQUENCY

 

Through one of the festival organizers, Anthony Head. We were involved individually last year and he thought, knowing our works, that we might collaborate well. It’s been really interesting as we all have completely different individual practices and backgrounds, but quickly found enough in common to see how we could work together support each others’ inputs.

 

SAM

 

How did you create the artwork?

 

FREQUENCY

 

A mixture of brainstorming, viewing each others’ work, experimentation both on the Roman Baths and mock-ups in a wheel barrow, and many e-mail conversations. Alex and Will provided direction of form and colour, Tom and Ollie provided the technical implementation, using a combination of 2D & 3D animation and video & audio editing software. We tested numerous ideas and based on what worked we’ve created a rolling audio/visual animation.

 

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