CONWY. October 22nd and 23rd 2011.
Blinc Digital Arts Festival launches this year in Conwy North Wales.
“Blinc, is a bold and hugely exiting commissioning opportunity for new artwork of the highest quality from Wales-based and international artists that responds to the uniqueness of Conwy – placing both its heritage and its people centre stage”. Iolo Williams. Arts Development Officer. Arts Council of Wales.
‘blinc’, is a two day, site-specific festival of light and sound based artworks that will run in parallel with the Gwledd Conwy Feast food festival on 22nd and 23rd October 2011
The event is part funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy Council and Cadw.
Using various locations around the Walled Town and also the castle walls itself, blinc is striving to stage a world class arts event.
25,000 people attend the Conwy Feast, this festival will run along side the established food festival, giving the selected artists a very large audience for their works.
The central work of the festival explores the role that history plays in our modern environment. Each artist’s response to the place is very different, relying totally on his or her emotional reaction to the selection statement. “This is not a castle”.
The initial symbiosis between the 13th Century castle and the dynamic 21st Century digital art form has created a perfect springboard to create debate and produce some very interesting pieces. Myth, investigation, both personal and chronological history, as well as humour all plays an important role. Blinc have suggested and subsequently forged some interesting collaborations, challenging the confines of the artist’s individual practice.This we felt to be vital to the festival. The inherent association of the artists creating further juxtaposition
The projection event in the evening will be utilizing very sophisticated technology, enabling the artists to expand their ideas and work on a truly spectacular scale. This is the first time that artists will have this kind of opportunity in the UK, and will produce some very interesting and avant guard content.
Performance Artists, Film Makers, Photographers, Digital Installations, Art Geo Caches, Audio Scapes and Animators will all be exhibited creating a dynamic festival that runs for the two days. There will be opportunities to watch commissioned performances by several Artists. Bedwyr Williams is really excited to be working with his brother on a commissioned piece for the festival and he will perform at programmed intervals throughout the weekend. Perry Hall, a celebrated American artist will be working along side the highly regarded Jonathon Jones Morris to create a spectacular projection event in the evening and Rhys Trimble an accomplished tr-lingual poet will be collaborating on various pieces throughput the two days.
The Blinc Festival Hub will be at the Royal British Legion, Church Street Conwy. Performances, screening room, catalogues and bar !! What more do you need ?