Cân Elenydd

Cân Elenydd

SHIFT,  Basement Capitol Centre,
Queen St, Cardiff, CF10 2HQ
Opening
18.00 – 22.00 Wed 20th November 2019

Gallery opens from
12:00 – 18:00 Thursday   21st November
12:00 – 18:00  Friday      22nd November
19:00 – 21:00  Friday      22nd November Artists in conversation with SHIFT                            12:00 – 18:00 Saturday   23rd November

Audio-visual work by a number of South and West Wales based artists exploring recently discovered personal family histories connected with voice/song. The artists’ have all (re)connected with a family member, living, dead, met and not met through an inquiry that started from a stumbled upon object, family heirloom or conversation. With this work the artists both archive and bring to the present the details of significant family events, routine activities and synchronicities across the generations, deepening personal connections and family relationships and drawing attention to their own sense of mortality and identity.

Cân Elenydd Video / Sonic Installation. A collaboration between composer Sianed Jones, her mother, visual artist Mary Lloyd Jones, video artist Jacob Whittaker  visual artist Maria Hayes with additional direction from Louise Wells.

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It all started with a discovery of a handbag containing pencil written letters from Sianed’s great aunt Dilys writing to her brothers in the trenches of WW1; a correspondence with a mystery Mr J.R.Owen from Machynlleth; a gift of a Swyn; a charm of protection; a story of Sianed’s grandfather and great Uncle as young lads, walking from village to village around Devils Bridge carrying a harp on their backs; a series of live video/sonic/visual improvisations rooted in the healing powers of a circle. Cân Elenydd weaves all these stories and improvisations together. http://www.sianed.co.uk      http://www.jacobwhittaker.co.uk   http://www.mariahayes.info       http://www.marylloydjones.co.ukCanShift

 

17m:19s:00f by Jon Rattigan a video piece I made during a period of research on the duration, beginnings, ends and mid points of events.

The film’s split-screen form depicts the duration of my late father’s life, with each frame of video, projected at 25fps, representing a single day of his 72 years; on one side, aided by 2 time-codes, we see life progressing and on the other, we see it running out.

The seemingly abstract colour cycle on screen is actually made of extreme close-ups of his handed-down photographic darkroom equipment and on the sound track we hear his home-made photo-processing timing tape, as well as a little singing. The objects are arranged according to the way in which the Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro used colour to represent different periods of a life- birth, education, maturity etc., in the film The Last Emperor. www.jonratigan.com

‘In His Heels’ by Johanna Hartwig 

After my Grandmother died we found some old 78 records in her house, including a recording by my Great Grandfather, a Cantor (singer/leader in religious song and prayer) from Czechoslovakia. One song stood out. Google translated the song title from Hebrew as ‘In His Heels. After squashing this big voice into a digital file, it felt as though it should be let out, expanded again into a physical space and shared.  That same year I found out I had a cousin, Sion, living only a couple of miles away. Sion agreed to respond to the recording using our voices and acoustic instruments that we could both play to some degree or other. The people who contributed to this track – Leon, Si, Adam, Thomas are part of the story too, a continuation. In the making of it there were found sticks in place of misplaced brushes, shared parallel histories and a friend that turned up at the right time to help make this. www.johanahartwig.co.uk

70s Record Player @ OMG! Taste Night

Looking forward to exploring my collection of 70s records for this event in Oriel Myrddin Gallery on the 29th November.

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I made this Aphex Twin inspired extra graphic for it from a 70s toy record player box…

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Untitled mix for the End of Empire #1

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Photo by Kathryn Campbell Dodd

Despite a few technical hitches I really enjoyed playing with records at the Glynn Vivian for the End of Empire preview.  My audio recorder failed unfortunately so I decided to continue working with the selection of records in the studio and post some recordings of them as I go.  This first mix from the studio uses 3 Swansea based Welsh Teledisc records and ‘Freedom Fanfare’ by the Band of the Nigeria Police, recorded to celebrate Nigerian independence.

Time wasn’t on my side and I didn’t get to play a number of things that I’d hoped, one was this Vistasound postcard record with a view of Snowdon from Llyn Llydaw.

Vistasound Postcard Record - There'll be a welcome in the valley

On the balcony above where I was situated in the atrium is a series of landscape paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams, including views of Snowdon.  I had planned to play this on a portable record player with them, here it is playing in the studio instead..

End of Empire & Now the Hero

I have been invited to create a new performance at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea to take place 5-8pm on Friday 21st 2018 as part of the preview event for Yinka Shonibare’s “End of Empire” exhibition and start of the week of art activities tying into Marc Rees’ “Now the Hero”

I am searching my archive to find records connecting to the themes of these two works and to the gallery and its location.  Looking at the partially installed work by Yinka Shonibare last weekend I was reminded of this Talking Heads album cover ..

Talking Heads - Little Creatures (2)

I plan to use records made in Swansea, (I discovered the Welsh Teledisc label was run from 139 Walter Rd, Swansea), by artists from the Swansea area (Harry Secombe and Morriston Orpheus Choir perhaps..), and songs/artists connected to WW1 and empire (Oh What a Lovely War!, Alf Garnet etc).

Warren Mitchell - Songs of World War 1

I might also throw in some records responding to the Glyn Vivian collection, I noticed a series of seascapes and wondered about some shanties…

The Twelve Buccaneers - Shanties

Songs of the Sea

and this…

Roger Evans - The Ballad of Swansea Jack

I did some work with records for Swansea and the Glyn Vivian some years ago for a Welsh-Estonian artist exchange thing.  It included a mix of records made with artists and recordings from the area and a performance on Swansea beach.
About a year later I (unsuccessfully) applied for an exhibition opportunity there and made some other mixes.. I made a playlist of things from back then on Youtube which I cant seem to embed so have to link to by here instead

Mixes at an Exhibition

I was invited to create a live mix for the opening of Strange Eden, an exhibition of work by James Moore in Oriel Mwldan Gallery, Cardigan.

Records were selected in response to the work on display and following a few conversations with James ahead of the event.

Records used include: Tomita – Pictures at an Exhibition; Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition; Debussy – La Mer; Jean Michel Jarre Live; BBC Sound Effects No6; RCA Home Movie Sound Effects; Landscape III – You Know how to Hurt me; Top Gun OST; I also used a cassette tape of VU-3D for Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Loops were found randomly from the records using bits of wire to hold the tone arms.