the artist

Hypercaust (2017)
5pm every day on the big screen at Storyhouse

Award-winning artist Bedwyr Williams’s new work for Storyhouse, Hypercaust is a computer-generated video piece which will bring back to life the Roman Fortress Bathhouse that once stood a short distance from Storyhouse. Now erased from Chester, the baths will be recreated through historically accurate 3D renderings. This mesmeric work will present a different kind of storyhouse, where Roman Legionaries would have chewed the fat, sharing yarns and secrets at the end of a long day, cloaked by steam.

The artist imagines the building empty of bathers on a moonlit night with the fires below still burning and steam rising above still baths. The narrator recalls stories but not those of Roman Chester but rather the stories of modern Chester: the recent folklore and tittle-tattle of this unusual city. Half remembered tales and shared anecdotes, the ordinary epic of petty crimes and misunderstandings strung together.

The artist used Chester’s public library now contained within Storyhouse, as a starting point to gather local yet curious stories for his film. The work will be realised with the assistance of local 3D animation company Take 27. Funded by Arts Council England and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

About the artist
Encompassing performance, sculpture, painting and video, award-winning artist Bedwyr Williams’s practice is characterised by his unique humour and gentle self-depreciation, both informed in part, by his upbringing in Wales. Drawing from his life experiences, Williams’ work, on the one hand, offers a sharp critique of our everyday world, and on the other a celebration of the obscure and overlooked.

Bedwyr Williams (b. 1974, St Asaph, Wales, based in Caernarfon) gained his BA at Central St Martins College of Art and Design (1997) and his MA at Ateliers Arnhem, NL (1999). He was awarded the Artes Mundi Derek WIlliams Trust Purchase Prize in 2016. Recent and forthcoming solo shows include Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT (2017); Barbican Curve Gallery, London, UK (2016); Limoncello, London, UK; The Whitworth, Manchester, UK; VISUAL, Carlow, IRL; g39, Cardiff, UK; Vestjyllands Kunstpavillion, DK (all 2015); Tramway, Glasgow, UK for Glasgow International; MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK (2014); Welsh Pavilion for 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT (2013); IKON, Birmingham, UK (2012); and Salzburg Kunstverein, AT (2011).

Storyhouse Commissions
The aim of these commissions is to develop new time-based or digital artworks to premiere at Storyhouse. Working with artists who are seeking to challenge their current practices to produce a new works, Storyhouse seeks to foster ambition and experimentation at a pivotal point in an artist’s career.

SLANT
Explore a programme of unique events in unexpected locations. Discover festivals, exhibitions and performances across Cheshire and Warrington in new settings to experience culture from a new slant. You will find the core programme of events below, for a full list of SLANT events, click here.

Duration

Approx 14.22 mins

Time details

On the hour, and at half past the hour

Activities Kaleidoscope: Mighty Kaleidoscope Banner

Help artists Pat and Ali make a pattern for our Mighty Kaleidoscope Banner. 

Cinema The Piano (15)

2 hr 1 | Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman Ada, arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her young daughter and piano in tow.

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Cinema Blade Runner: The Final Cut (15)

1 hr 57 | In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Rick Deckard hunts for fugitive ‘replicants’ who are due to be ‘retired’.

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Activities Kaleidoscope: RAWD Talks – Premiere
The Kitchen

RAWD Talks is a new documentary film that follows Merseyside organisation RAWD as they navigate isolation, finding connection through zoom, a nervous return to in person sessions and the fearless creative flow that followed.

Activities Kaleidoscope: Sing-A-Long: Songs from the Stage and Screen
Garret Theatre

A joyous 60 minutes for a Tuesday morning to lift your mood. There will be songs from classics and new favorites including Grease and Fame.

Activities Kaleidoscope: RAWD presents FLASHMOB in a bob!
Garret Theatre, The Kitchen

Are you a disabled person who loves to move and groove? Join the RAWD gang to learn and perform a The Greatest Showman themed flashmob.

Activities Kaleidoscope: Flashmob!
The Kitchen

The Greatest Showman inspired Flashmob performance will be happening in The Kitchen. Gather round and prepare to be entertained.

Activities Kaleidoscope: The Big RAWD Quiz
The Kitchen

Hosted by our Birkenhead RAWD members, this is our take on a quiz, so expect sport charades, singalongs and the unexpected!

Activities Kaleidsocope Makers Market
The Kitchen

A pop up market for people to sell hand made items. These items may include greetings cards, trinkets, photo frames and more.

Cinema Kaleidoscope: Spectrum Short Film Programme

A series of short films that puts people with learning disabilities, autism or Aspergers where they should be, on the big screen.

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