‘blinc’, is a two day, site-specific festival of light and sound based artworks that runs on 22nd and 23rd October 2011. The central work of the festival explores the role that history plays in our modern environment. Each artist’s response to the place is very different, relying totally on his or her emotional reaction to the selection statement. “This is not a castle”. The initial symbiosis between the 13th Century castle and the dynamic 21st Century digital art form has created a perfect springboard to create debate and produce some very interesting pieces. Myth, investigation, both personal and chronological history, as well as humour all plays an important role. 15.000 people came to watch !
The King. 3 min animation. Sound by Solveig Sandnes
In the spirit of early 20th century animation (J. Stuart Blackton) I have chosen to make a white line animation on black background. A ghost looking like a King ( a reference to King Edward the 1st) tries to get into,the castle by climbing up the wall. It fails and falls/slips down constantly.You see the King standing and looking up, making various attempts to climb up the castle wall.There is a paradox in that ghosts are said to be able to go through the wall and that this can not. Not being able to enter serves as a metaphor for ‘You can never go back in time, to the way things were, but history is all around you.’