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Clockwork City, Greyworld

Internationally renowned artists, Greyworld, have created an exciting new interactive artwork called Clockwork City for Bath. During the festival giant clockwork keys will mysteriously appear around the city centre, attached to ordinary objects found in the street such as benches and phone boxes.

When turned, the keys trigger magical lights, projected images and sounds, transforming the way you see the street and drawing your attention to elements you may not previously have noticed.

Greyworld create mesmerising public art, usually in urban spaces. Their work is about play and allowing creative expression in parts of the city that usually exclude it. Andrew Shoben, Greyworld’s founder, is a regular contributor to television, radio and print, and lectures extensively around the world. Clockwork City is created by Greyworl. They have inspired students from Bath Spa University to create three installations that are triggered by the keys.

Clockwork City sees six keys placed around the city centre, these large wind-up keys invite the public to turn them, revealing an enchanting sound or triggering an installation.

The keys are somewhere to be found around the festival zone. You must seek them and turn them. Three of the keys are musical, positioned on street furniture and they make an unusual site. The other three keys trigger installations created by Bath Spa University students inspired by Greyworld’s work, after taking part in a workshop with the founder Andrew Shoben.

Curtain of Rain, by students Anne Cunniffe, Hayley Kyte, Hollie Roberts, Vicky Clare and Camille Douch, explores different forms of water projected on to strips of fabric that flow in the wind. This installation is visual and immersive and you can walk through it.

Light Grills, by students Frances Jones and Joanne Wheeler with Dave Thorpe from Enlightened Lighting. The key makes the ground glow out of the grills that hint at the underground corridors as smoke billows out.

Phone Box, by students Pinn Bunyapana and Thomas Wells. Mysteriously, a phone box has appeared in the street, the key launches a liquid ink film transforming this everyday object into a colourful delight.

Pulse, Rolf Pilarsky

Pulse Image by Harriet Leith

Pulse is a compilation of projected short animations inspired by Bath’s Georgian architecture. Rolf Pilarsky and Graphic Communication students at Bath Spa University have explored ideas around data and architecture and rhythm, to create new images that transform the façade of the building.

Rolf Pilarsky has worked as a Visual Effects and Motion Graphics artist for TV and film in New York, Frankfurt and Berlin. The students involved in creating this artwork are: Harriet Leith, Andrew Ashwin, Hayley Kyte, Anne Cunniffe, Scott Parkin, Jonathan Esgate, Rupert Dunk, Pinn Bunyapana, Tom Shuttleworth and Paul James.

Image: Harriet Leith

Frequency, Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Lumen and OCD

Alex Cotterell, Will Kendrick, Lumen and OCD have created a new light installation that will transform Bath’s most famous landmark, the Roman Baths, for two nights into a colour-filled oasis. As the steam rises from the Great Bath into the cold January air, this promises to be a truly enchanting spectacle. The balcony area of the baths will open for audiences to view the projected experience for free on Thurs 26 and Fri 27 January 2012.

Born out of a mutual love of colour and light, the project builds on Light/Space Collaborative by Alex Cotterell and Will Kendrick, which was exhibited during Illuminate Bath 2010 and previous work by Tom Newell (Lumen), a DJ/Audio-visual performer and collaborator Ollie Davies (OCD).  Image: Edward Lockyer.


Attracted To Light, Robert Fearns and Anthony Head

Attracted to Light by Robert Fearns and students from Bath Spa University

Attracted to Light is inspired by the way humans use light to navigate through the night-time urban jungle.  Like moths to a lamp, we too are drawn to the images and shadows created by numerous small light sources.

Bath based artist and filmmaker Robert Fearns, specialises in exploring how we see, experience and create urban spaces. Attracted to Light is a collaboration with artist and Illuminate Bath Creative Director, Anthony Head  and Bath Spa University students Abigail Winter, Kirstie Green and Elizabeth Hawthorn.


Catch Me Now, Tine Bech

Children, in particular, will love to chase this deceptively simple spotlight as it reacts to their movement and leads them on a merry dance. Danish artist, Tine Bech, combines electronics with location tracking technology and the environmental elements of urban spaces to create playful experiences for curious visitors.

Tine Bech’s public art aims to challenge our common assumptions about public space and its use. The work questions public behaviour (don’t touch in galleries, don’t play/ run in public spaces) and encourages interaction, play and collaboration. Catch Me Now is programmed by Tarim.


Heads, Bodies, Legs


Heads, Bodies, Legs by Zeb, Jordan and Jack

Bath based animator Petra Freeman and filmmaker Tim Rolt have collaborated with 50 children and staff from St. Saviours Junior School to make an interactive animated version of this traditional pencil and paper game. They have also created two short films that blend live action and animation. The important message is a lively take on presenting words. Let the Games commence explores some unusual and imaginative new games.

Petra Freeman is an artist and animator and is best known for her painting on glass animated film. Her recent film, Tad’s Nest, was screened at Tate Modern in 2010. Petra and her partner, Tim Rolt, have made several award winning films collaborating with children and funded by First Light Movies.

Live Drawing and Creative Writing

Illustrators Simon Spilsbury, Tim Vyner and writer Lucy English, along with students will create and compose new work live before your eyes, projected onto the wall of the Pump Rooms in Stall Street. Every night will bring a slightly different experience as artists and writers interact with each other and with the audience in this fast paced, exhilarating showcase.

Wednesday 25 January:

Simon Spilsbury will illustrate poems on the theme of ‘illumination’ as they are performed live by poets from Bath Spa University.

Creative Writing students and graduates have prepared a series of new poems encompassing revelation, enlightenment, love, light and fake tan. The poems range in style; humorous, touching, deep, political and of course, illuminating. They hope to grab you by the ears and carry you on a journey through words.

The poets taking part are: Anna Freeman, Sam Drew, Jesse Perrett, Chris Kowalewsky, Eleanor Wise, Sam Taylor, Lydia Richards, Tim Goodings, Tom Sutton, Tom Rippon, Miguel Dawson-Ambiado, Greg Delve, Tom Stone and Nadia Williamson.

Thursday 26 January:

Graphic Communication students at Bath Spa University, Tess Redburn, Georgina St John, Will Harvey, John Chapman and Eliot Wyatt, will decorate the façade with detailed and interesting images. This night is also a chance to hear and and see a repeat performance of Wednesday night’s poetry.

Friday 27 January:

Illustrator Tim Vyner will be painting the wall with a careful interpretation of the theme illumination in an Olympic year.

Saturday 28 Jan:

In the Spotlight – Novelist and poet Lucy English will compose a poem live in front of audiences, as illustrator Simon Spilsbury creates his own interpretations of the text on the wall.


The live drawings will be recorded as stopframe animations by Russell Cuffe and Joe Brown.

The image shown is by Phoebe Farr, of her installation Living Lights, from Illuminate Bath 2010.


Illuminate 2015 is organised by Bath Spa University