NVA Speed of Light Artist Commission

Posted on Friday 3rd August, 2012

NVA Speed of Light Artist Commission

NVA and Edinburgh Art Festival commission visual artist Katri Walker to create new work as part of Speed of Light programme.

Public Art Charity NVA and the Edinburgh Art Festival have jointly commissioned visual artist and filmmaker Katri Walker to create a new moving image work as part of Speed of Light’s investigation into the culture of endurance running. The resulting work will form a poetic investigation into the internal and external experience of running.

One of Scotland’s official contributions to London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad, NVA’s Speed of Light, is a tremendous fusion of sport and culture which will see Edinburgh’s iconic mountain brought to life through sporting endeavour and performative visual art.  Runners will activate specially designed light suits at night, illuminating the hillside. The audience will generate their own light through the movement of bespoke walking staffs as they ascend to the summit to witness the remarkable moving tableaux below.

Walker explores the space between contemporary art and documentary film making, experimenting with forms of documentary and portraiture. She has been developing the work in the period leading up to Speed of Light, researching with participating endurance runners. Walker’s recent projects include a Walls of Light Moving image Commission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a residency at Edinburgh’s Stills Gallery. This new work takes hill-running as its starting point and uses it to explore the symbiotic relationship between the runner and their environment.

Of the commission Walker said:   “As a keen hillrunner myself and having grown up in Edinburgh, I was thrilled to be invited back to the city by NVA. It’s proved really challenging to visually articulate a physical and emotional experience that is so often beyond words, but I hope that people will be able to connect with the work and perhaps even feel inspired enough to give the hills a go themselves”

A version of this work will be presented on the online platform www.thespace.org in September/October 2012 ahead of the final work being presented as an audio-visual installation at Edinburgh Art Festival 2013.

Katri Walker will be talking about her practice and approach to this major new commission as part of EAF’s programme of artists’ talks on Saturday 10th August, 11am. This free event is ticketed. Tickets available from www.edinburghartfestival.com

NVA’s Speed of Light takes place on:

9–12, 15 –19, 22–27, 29–31 August and 1 September
Guided walking groups meet at NVA’s Speed of Light base every 15 minutes at 9.15pm, 9.30pm, 9.45pm, 10.00pm, 10.15pm, 10.30pm, 10.45pm and 11.00pm

Tickets £24 or £18(concession) available from www.eif.co.uk/speedoflight

Please go to www.speedoflight2012.org.uk for more details

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