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

On Stage Dr Amir Khan: Doctor In The House
Storyhouse Theatre

Join everyone’s favourite family doctor, Dr Amir Khan, for a fascinating, heart-warming, and frequently hilarious evening.

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Activities Youth Vibe 18+
Meeting Room

Youth Vibe over 18s is a group for D/deaf, Hearing loss or CODA people ages 18-25 to meet like-minded friends and have fun.

On Stage PopVox Choir Performance
The Kitchen

PopVox Choir is a contemporary fun and friendly choir for adults. They will be performing at Storyhouse as part of Storyhouse women.

On Stage Student Nurses Sing for Health
Wed 10.30am
The Kitchen

Student nurses from Chester University will be showcasing their newly formed choir at Storyhouse.

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Cinema Tori and Lokita (15)

1 hr 29 | A young boy and an adolescent girl, who have travelled to Belgium from Africa, pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile.

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Cinema Preview: Sick of Myself (Cert: TBC)

1 hr 35 | A darkly comic film about terrible people. Signe and Thomas are in an unhealthy competitive relationship that takes a vicious turn

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Cinema Prayers For The Stolen (15)

1 hr 51 | The complex, subtle, tender and heart-rending story of a young girl’s journey to adolescence in a village menaced by drug cartels and people traffickers.

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Cinema Preview: Lunana A Yak In The Classroom (PG)

1 hr 49 | A teacher struggling for inspiration is sent to the remotest school in the world. It takes being so far away to understand the importance of his work.

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Cinema Preview: Full Time (Cert: TBC)

TBC | The fantastic Laure Calamy, superbly portrays the frustration, anxiety and determination that accompany the struggle to balance the conflicting demands of the workplace and family

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Cinema Animation Festival (18)

TBC | Come and join us for a screening of the competition finalists, watch the winning animation from the 2022 competition, Black Slide

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