For the second outing of the Inland Art Festival in Reduth, Cornwall a video installation capturing a key movement of the complex heritage of what was once the world’s richest mining district, employing it as a metaphor for moving forward with new industry and life in the 21st century but with a population happy to remember and explore its own rich history.
Man Engine Moving symbolically employs the mechanism employed by miners used to reach the tin below Redruth. The Man Engine was an ingenious method to travel below but one that was inherently dangerous as can be recalled from the nearby disaster at Levant mine in 1919, abstractly depicted in Peter Lanyon’s 1953 work St. Just.
The installation was presented as a large scale projection mapping (using 5 projectors) of the underside of one of the massive arches of the 61ft (18.5m) high Redruth viaduct on the Penzance to London main line railway. Video, paintings and animations were blended and mixed with real time animation and live drawing from a stage underneath the viaduct.
Thanks to Inland Art Festival and Arts Council England for supporting the work, to David Prior for sounds of Cornish mining, and to all at Charlie’s Bar in Redruth.