Bedwyr Williams, Hypercaust

The first of Storyhouse's digital artwork commissions, presented on the big screen at Storyhouse at 5pm every day.
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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

Cinema Inception (12A)
Movie Theatre

2 hr 29 | A 10th anniversary re-issue for Nolan’s mind-bending sci-fi masterpiece.

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Cinema Mr Jones
Movie Theatre

1 hr 59 | The extraordinary and powerful story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine in 1933.

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Cinema Make Up

1 hr 16 | An assured British debut feature directed by Claire Oakley.

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Cinema Four Kids and It (PG)

1 hr 50 | AD | A group of children on holiday in Cornwall meet a strange and magical creature. Based on the novel Four Children and It by Jacqueline Wilson.

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Cinema Babyteeth (15)

1 hr 58 | When seriously ill teenager Milla falls for free-spirit Moses, it’s her parents worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, she shows everyone how to live like you’ve nothing to lose.

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Cinema Le Mans ‘66 (12A)
Tomorrow 7.30pm; Sun 7.30pm; Mon 7.30pm; Tue 7.30pm
Movie Theatre

2 hr 32 |AD| Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the remarkable true story of visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British driver Ken Miles.

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Cinema Saint Frances (15)
Today 5pm; Tomorrow 5pm; Tue 5pm; Thu 8pm

1 hr 41 | A wry, funny but above all refreshingly truthful depiction of a young woman navigating her way through a less than perfect, but ultimately ok life.

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Cinema Parasite – Black & White Edition (15)
Movie Theatre

2 hr 12 | After its extraordinary success Bong Joon Ho’s brilliant Palme d’Or-winner returns in this special black-and-white version.

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Cinema The Truth (PG)
Sun 2pm; Mon 5pm; Wed 5pm

1 hr 47 | Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche come together on screen for the first time in The Truth.

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The Comedy of Errors at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Tomorrow 7pm; Sun 2.30pm, 7pm; Tue 7pm; Wed 7pm; Thu 7pm + more times

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre roars back into life for one production in August with Shakespeare’s joyous, open-hearted farce. Two sets of separated twins loose on the island of Ephesus; things are bound to get complicated. And they do. Masters & servants, husbands & wives, parents & children, strangers & natives all get terribly confused in Shakespeare’s mishap strewn comedy. A rare, wildly light-hearted treat for all ages.

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