Walking Arts Symposium screening

Where to?: Steps Towards the Future of Walking Arts

Thursday 16th April 17.30 Falmouth University in the main lecture theatre in the Exchange Building, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University

In partnership with the AHRC Walking Artist Network, the Articulating Space Research Centre at Falmouth University is hosting a symposium to consider the future of walking arts through a programme of interventions, propositions and/or manifestos that address three key strands of inquiry:

  • The diversity of forms and growth of interest in walking art practices
  • The regional particularities in walking (art)
  • The politics of walking (art).

In partnership with Cornwall Film Festival, the event will feature a screening of the walking related film Of This Parish created by Liminal. In the evening, we will go the route with Bram Thomas Arnold’s exhibition Walking Home at the Fish Factory in Falmouth.

Screening Of This Parish follows St. Anthony on a journey from a church tower to the threshold at which its bells can be heard. The film is both a sonic portrait of the Parish of Sul and a meditation on the changing role of bells in a rural community.

It is said that Anthony’s blessed bells had the power to work miracles, to cleanse the air of demons and evil spirits, protecting animals and children from weather and fire. Of This Parish follows St. Anthony as he travels from a church tower out to the threshold at which its bells can be heard. The film is both a sonic portrait of Sul – the Parish in the Gralheira mountains of Portugal where it is set – and a meditation on the changing role of bells in a rural community. The film begins with the idea of a Parish as territory defined by sound, a community whose borders are drawn by the earshot of a bell. As we travel from the epicentre of the community to its outer limits, we encounter bells used as a call to prayer, bells as time-keepers and alarms and bells as pre-Christian protectors, casting the talismans inscribed in their metal across the phonosphere, purifying the air.

Of This Parish was filmed on location in the parish of Sul and features the voice of Luís Costa, who was born in the region and is one of the founders of the Binaural/Nodar, the art organisation that co-produced the film with liminal. Liminal is a UK studio, which explores the relationship between, sound, space and listening. Of This Parish was made possible with support from the Arts Council England.

Of This Parish| Dir David Prior | Portugal | 2014 | Running Time: 24:59

Read more here about how to register >

See a short trailer link: http://www.vimeo.com/67342216
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