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|Lament by Sean Vicary|
Small World Theatre presented ‘Lament’ a brilliant and haunting moving image piece by artist filmmaker Sean Vicary. ‘Lament’ interweaves animation, poetry and music to explore a personal narrative and examine ideas of loss, longing and belonging in the Welsh border landscape.
by: Sean Vicary
An exclusive event on Friday 24 February 2012 included the artist and renowned musicians, Ceri Rhys Matthews, Christine Cooper and Ceri Jones in an innovative performance with live projection and improvised music. At the end of this performance there was an exhilarating discussion chaired by cultural activist Osi Rhys Osmond.
This unique evening was also supported by the Arts Council of Wales 'Night Out' scheme and continued with an intimate acoustic concert where the musicians further developed the themes.
‘Lament’ is running at Oriel Davies: 11 February - 18 April 2012, orieldavies.com. There is site-specific smart phone content to this exhibition which can be accessed via the QR code appearing in Small World Theatre’s brochure and allows the viewer to experience some of the animated objects in 'Lament' while walking in the Welsh border landscape.
The short film is appearing on Animate Projects' website from 1st March - St David's Day. An essay by Michael Cousins accompanies 'Lament' animateprojects.org
The Arts Council of Wales supported this exciting project in 2011 and since then Eisteddfod winner Sean Vicary has worked with the project partners to create a memorable and exquisite piece of moving image.
Small World Theatre, smallworld.org.uk, was delighted to get involved at the start of this Arts Council of Wales funded project, believing that the artist community in West Wales is strong and making a valuable contribution to Welsh Arts. As a performing theatre company famous for its giant puppets, exploring animated objects of all scales is a common interest!
Other project partners include Animate Projects, the only UK arts charity dedicated to championing and supporting experimental animation. Its website animateprojects.org, features ‘Lament’ and other new and historic experimental animation.
Sean is based in west Wales, UK. Having studied painting at Newcastle Polytechnic, he became increasingly seduced by the possibilities of working with moving image. Initially using Super 8 and 16mm Film alongside his paintings he quickly embraced all things digital, acquiring the skills necessary to fully realise the forms he had been striving for in his painting practice. His work has been broadcast in the UK and exhibited worldwide.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include: RE:Animate, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales; The Box, Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Outcasting, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Lightbox, the Model, Sligo, Eire; Hay Festival; SHFT, Continental Gallery, Los Angeles; Views of Earth, Great Wall of Oakland, Califorinia; Flatpack Festival, Birmingham; Stroud Valley Artspace; Darklight Film Festival, Dublin; Nemo Film Festival, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris; San Francisco International Film Festival; Cork International Film Festival, Eire.
Ceri Rhys Matthews
Ceri Jones is a Welsh Canadian whose family hails from Llangrannog, on Cardigan Bay. He studied jazz performance on trombone in college and has recorded and played with a number of bands of varying genres, his favourites being ska and funk. He’s always been influenced by his cultural roots and began to study in earnest two years ago with Julie Murphy. He began playing the harp at that time and has studied with Sian James, Terry McDade, Harriet Earis and Bill Taylor. Ceri says of his inheritance,