This is a unique opportunity to see ‘Surface Tensions’, an immersive sound-light-video-VR installation by Simon Ryder, with creative technologist Nathanial Mason. Presented in four movements – Bedrock, Stream, Air and Land – it combines a specially commissioned soundtrack by Bartholomew Mason with 3D scanning, VR fly-tying and underwater photography.
Surface Tensions celebrates the life of F.M. Halford, father of modern dry-fly fishing. Through the use of traditional chalk drawing and VR technology, Surface Tensions explores our relationship to waterways and the art/sport of angling – whether that is eel fishing on the Severn, bank fishing on the Sharpness canal or fly-fishing on the Test – and asks how these might adapt to the challenges of climate breakdown.
The 'Surface Tensions' artworks were originally created for the National Trust's Mottisfont Abbey. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will now be previewed in Llanthony Secunda's medieval Brick Range in Gloucester, hometown of artist Simon Ryder.
'Surface Tensions' is part of the Llanthropology Project, supported by Historic England. Covid-19 measures will be in place for this event, with face masks to be worn inside. Hand sanitiser will be provided, and attendance numbers will be managed for social distancing considerations. To support this, we are asking visitors to book their free 'Surface Tensions' tickets in advance.
This is an accessible event; the Brick Range has level access throughout and the facilities will be open during the event. Young children may find the music a bit loud at times. This walk-through experience takes around 20-30 minutes.
Tickets for the 'Surface Tensions' event are free, and can be booked for the following dates:
Friday 28th May, 6pm-9pm: Book your tickets for Friday's sessions here
Saturday 29th , 11am-4pm: Book your tickets for Saturday's sessions here
Sunday 30th May, 11am-4pm: Book your tickets for Sunday's sessions here
For this event we can only accommodate blue badge permit parking on site. Alternative parking can be found at Gloucester Quays and Gloucestershire College.
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