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Forge for Derwent Pulse

This is Forge, an animation projection that was shown as part of Charles Monkhouse’s Derwent Pulse event at Darley Abbey, Derby on Friday night (31 October). It was made with my University of Derby colleagues Stuart Poynton and Marc Bosward. Rob and Phil at Derby QUAD provided the projection and the PA system.

We were approached by the Darley Abbey Society, after seeing our previous projection piece at Strutt’s North Mill Belper, to make a short animation work which was looped and projected onto the faces of the Grade I listed Long Mill (1782-89) and the adjoining West Mill (1819-21).

Stuart, Marc and I each made short animation sequences, with a soundtrack by Marc. The animation references the history of water, power, fire and rebuilding that characterises the history of the site. I used and abused letterpress printing I’ve made at the Univeristy of Derby’s printmaking studio. There is a certain joy in seeing little pieces of 30pt Univers lead type (with a x-height of about 6mm) transformed via ink, digits and light into 60 centimetre tall kinetic chaos bouncing across the walls of the mill.

Derwent Pulse
Darley Abbey Mills
Darley Abbey
Derby QUAD
Printmaking@derby
College of Arts University of Derby

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