Close to home, in Abercych, west Wales, I take to walking by a small river, realising more and more that we can work only where we happen to be, whatever we do, it will resonate both within our locality and beyond it. And so these short and intimate compositions have effect on, and are affected […]
A project developed in residence at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2005-2006.
From walking the park at night Whitehead has developed small wearable light sculpture and shelters that illuminate the walker in the dark, whilst navigating the Park.
At YSP Simon realised these sculptural pieces by inviting couples: lovers, friends, parents and children, neighbours and strangers to walk in the park together each season wearing shoes that glow. Where walking in the dark may reshape and reinvent their experience of this landscape(and possibly of each other).
The power for these light shoes is harvested from the sun; sourced from solar hats worn by park employees and young visitors during the day.
‘Walks to Illuminate’ is supported by a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales and by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Friday November 14th 2004, 7pm: Transmission from Carn Llwyd, 185 metres above sea level, Preseli, West Wales. Reception at Free Space, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Saturday November 15th 2004, 7pm: Transmission from Cesig duon, sea level, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, West Wales. Reception at Free Space, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. TRANSMISSION: rutland 503 portable wind […]
Commissioned from BBC Wales for a new series of performance for film from Wales based artists. Breninwas made in September 2003 by Pembrokeshire based performance artist / choreographer Simon Whitehead with film director Margaret Constantas and composer Barnaby Oliver. Words by Elvis Presley. Background On 5 June 2000, Cardiff academic Terry Breverton published ‘evidence’ that […]
CYSGOD…shade, shelter , shadow an audio work. 2nd in a triptych of walking works led by a horse. ‘at dawn we followed a white horse from the field along lanes and into the city, she wore microphones in her ears.’ From the Eisteddfod field to a secret shelter the walker is led by the sound […]
research: Stalks began in nov 2000 when Whitehead followed feral and domestic animals across the city of Barcelona, notating their routes. performance: First shown at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, May 2001. CD ROM version produced September 2001. Second live showing at Chapter Arts Centre, November 2001 In spring 2001 Whitehead approached and followed 4 men […]
research: Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff, Clougha Pike Lancaster performance: Commissioned for the Between Nature: Ecology and Performance conference, Lancaster University August 2000. somasonic#2 taff was presented at the Stiwdio Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Sept 2000 materials: 2 mobile phones, 32 earphones, plants, glass bowls and sample jars, microphones (binaural stereo pair/ underwater microphone), 2 […]
g39, Cardiff April 11-14 programme: ‘homings incorporates three diverse, but intersecting process strands and geographies; part meditation on the desire to roam and the equal longing to return home, this work combines sound, video and gathered materials as place,memory and presence with the paradox nature of perception through movement. Seeking a home in the indeterminate, […]
location: Tinahely Courthouse Centre, Co. Wicklow, Eire dates: August 2001 On rare occasions, this side of the Irish Sea, it is possible to glimpse the Wicklow hills, 80 miles away. When the position of the falling sun in the West is right, the mountains appear in silhouette. A poetic glimpse of an invisible coastline, a […]
research: Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff, 2000 performance: na materials: roll of paper, mobile phones, microphones, speakers, electronics, guitar, ampifier, rowan tree, video camera and monitor, string, gaffa tape ..testing..is a body of studio research that is concerned with place-sensitive and kinaesthetic systems for physical and sonic performance. Looking directly towards generating work that deals with […]