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

Here Are The Young Men (15)
Showing until: Monday 31 May
Online

1hr 36 | A fresh and shocking Irish thriller featuring an all-star cast, Here Are The Young Men is an unflinching examination of toxic masculinity, written and directed by Eoin Macken.

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Showing until: Sunday 30 May
Online

1hr 21 | A story of two of the greatest writers of the past century examined in a dialogue that stretches from their early days of friendship to their final, unsparing critiques of each other.  Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland brings the two forces together in a unique and fascinating tête-à-tête.

Sequin In A Blue Room (18)
Showing until: Sunday 16 May
Online

1hr 20 | Sequin is exploring his sexuality through an obsession with anonymous hook-ups, until he finds his way into the mysterious ‘Blue Room’. There, Sequin connects with a captivating stranger, but they’re separated suddenly. Utterly fixated on this man, Sequin sets off on a mission to track him down.

A Common Crime (12A)
Showing until: Friday 14 May
Online

1hr 36 | One night, Kevin, the adolescent son of Cecilia’s housekeeper, knocks on her door. Cecilia lives alone with her young child and is too afraid to let Kevin in. The next day, his body is found in a river. The neighbourhood accuses the police of having hounded the teenager and social unrest rocks the town.

Malmkrog (12A)
Showing until: Friday 14 May
Online

3hr 21 | Set in a country house in Transylvannia, the guests who come to the mansion of aristocratic landowner Nikolai are hand-picked. As they converse, dine, and play parlour games tensions mount and debate becomes heated as they discuss the politics of the day.

Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF)
Showing until: Friday 14 May
Online

1hr 44 | Women Over 50 Film Festival showcases films by and about older women. This virtual ‘Best of The Fest’ is packed with award winning films about witches, warriors, and women who roar!

On Stage Live Stream: Byron Wallen’s Four Corners Album Portrait Tour

Byron Wallen will play music from his latest album ‘Portrait: Reflections on Belonging’, featuring his dazzling Four Corners band, led by himself on trumpet and conches.

On Stage Live Stream: The Greatest Play in the History of the World

A universal love story that celebrates the human race in all its glorious messiness, confusion and joy.

On Stage Live stream: Madame Ovary
Online

This is the live stream to watch at home – to buy tickets to attend the in-person event at Storyhouse…

Rose (15)
Showing until: Friday 30 April
Online

1hr 26 | Gripped by a violent, terrifying illness, Rose lives in seclusion with her husband, but the arrival of a stranger shatters the fragile refuge they have built.

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