Llantysilio : Brian Baker & Bruce Bennett [PAST]

Sound Exhibition:

18 & 19 June 2022 Saturday & Sunday 2:30 – 6:30pm

Running Time : 8 minutes 20 seconds. Free Entry

This piece of work is one of the 5 pieces that are selected from DIVFUSE Sound Archive No. 2 – an Open Call for work that are based on field recordings.

‘Llantysilio’ explores the soundscape around the small church at Llantysilio, a community near Llangollen in North Wales. The church stands by a weir where water from the River Dee is diverted into the Llangollen Canal, which passes through the town towards the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct, a World Heritage site built by Thomas Telford from local iron. This part of north-east Wales, close to the English border, is a confluence of historical forces and natural features. The Dee, the canal, Telford’s Holyhead Road, the railway to the coast (torn up under Beeching), pass in close proximity to each other. The church at Llantysilio stands at the headwaters of this historical logistical network, but the church and its yard are quiet places of contemplation. This composition, based on field recordings at the site, uses percussive plucking of an acoustic guitar within the church and ambient sound from the churchyard to evoke the echoes of industrial history that reverberate within the Dee valley.

Brian Baker and Bruce Bennett both teach at Lancaster University. Brian Baker teaches literature, film and creative writing, and Bruce Bennett teaches film in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. They have collaborated over the past seven years on films, music and visual art. Two films, University: A New Way of Life and Afterwords are short meditations on space, architecture and landscape which are the bookends of an as-yet incomplete quartet. Their work responds to particular places and landscapes in Lancashire and in North Wales, and in particular to boundary zones: between public and private, between sea and land, and between image and text. Both Baker and Bennett also produce bookworks, treating the printed page to produce new images and stories. Their visual work has been exhibited in Llangollen, Caernarfon and Helmshore Mill.

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