Thursday, 15 December 2011

Perpetual Light.

Jessica Curry organised for a short film to be made by 'Women with a movie camera' of Perpetual Light - a requiem for Hiroshima.

Monday, 12 December 2011

HERO. Boughton House. Northamptonshire.

Andrew Hilton sent over another image that he took during our last laser test. The lasers will follow the format of the canalised river at Boughton House and create intense patches of light where they cross approx 1 meter above water level.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

HERO. Boughton House. Northamptonshire.

We undertook another laser test last night at the Ambassadors meeting last night at Boughton House. At the end of the evening a group of the Ambassadors came out to see the laser test.

Thanks to Andrew Hilton for taking these photographs.

Massive thanks again to Graham Callister, Dal Badial and Boughton House staff for making yesterdays event happen.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

HERO. Boughton House. Northamptonshire.

First laser test. Graham Callister, Dal Badial and I undertook our first laser test, shining the laser above the canalised river at Boughton House. Thanks to Charles and Dave from Boughton House for their help.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

HERO. Boughton House

We visited the site last week and have a good idea of what is required to make a laser piece for canalised river at Boughton House in Northamptonshire. A laser test is currently being organised.

We have titled the piece HERO as the lasers are part of a landscaping design that includes a recent addition in the grounds called Orpheus. Hero is part of Orpheus in both senses.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Boughton House, Northamptonshire

Following on from 180ยบ of Light I have been asked to look at creating a laser piece with Graham Callister and Dal Badial for Boughton House, Northamptonshire. Here are a couple of sketches. We have our first laser test next week.

Monday, 24 October 2011

180° of Light (FLOW-Northamptonshire)

The public have been uploading their own images of '180° of Light' to the FLOW-Northamptonshire website and here is an image a member of the public has uploaded. Thank you to them.

Friday, 7 October 2011

180° of Light (FLOW-Northamptonshire)

Some new images of the 5 sq mile laser triangle. 

Photographs by Andrew Hilton.

This one shows one of the beams of the laser triangle zooming over Sir Thomas Tresham's Triangular Lodge.

Monday, 3 October 2011

180° of Light (FLOW-Northamptonshire)

We hired a helicopter so that Andrew Hilton could take some aerial shots of the laser triangle. Here is one of his elevated shots showing the connection between the 3 water towers. Corby is at the bottom left.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

180° of Light (FLOW-Northamptonshire)

A quick view of the moving striations of light caused by the oscillations of the crystal in the laser enlarged over the distance between water towers.
Photographs by Andrew Hilton. Sound by Michael Fairfax and Jessica Curry.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Friday, 23 September 2011

FLOW. 180° of Light. Northamptonshire.

Last laser test last night before the switch on tonight. The triangle was completed between Beanfield, Rothwell and Desborough water towers by the six 7.8w lasers. Andrew Hilton took the following photographs. Thanks again to Andrew, Anglian Water (Mick and Andy), Dal Badial (Laser Hire London) and of course to Graham Callister.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

bbc website

180° of Light was yesterday included on the local BBC News website. Tonight is the final testing before it goes live tomorrow. More photos will follow.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Metamorphic Light. Bury.

These images have just arrived from Jackie Carnot of the piece I made for Bury town centre with terrific help from Adam Spinos. 

There are movement sensors at the base of each of the 23 light stacks. As people wonder through the artwork they activate a series of lights behind them which stay on for about 5 seconds, leaving a trail of light as they walk.

Friday, 9 September 2011

FLOW. 180° of Light. Northamptonshire.

We had another laser test last night shining a laser from Rothwell to Beanfield and back again. 

Andrew Hilton took the following the photographs. Thank you.

Big thanks to Dal Badial (Laser Hire London), Andy Pickard (Anglian Water), Chrys Allen (BOFA) and Graham Callister (Project Manager and collaborator).

Seeing the water towers lit up caused quite a stir again with the locals - who apparently facebooked the testing whilst it was taking place.

Next week we plan to create the full triangle using six 7.8w lasers.

Silhouettes of Dal Badial, Jo Fairfax, Andy Pickard and Graham Callister on the Beanfield water tower. The striations behind us are rapidly moving from left to right. This is a result of the crystal oscillation revealing itself as the divergent beam strikes the water drum

Saul Bellow

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. According to writer Saul Bellow.

Friday, 2 September 2011

The Rock. Bury.

Some new photographs have just arrived of this interactive lighting piece that Adam Spinos and I made for the Rock in Bury. BDP were the architects. I'll upload the photos next week all being well. Adam has made a short stop frame animation of the installation.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Sir Thomas Tresham postponed

The interactive film of Sir Thomas Tresham and his rabbits projected onto the side of the Triangular Lodge near Rothwell has been postponed. This piece was due to be shown at the same time as the laser triangle but this responsive film is now likely to re emerge, maybe next year.

FLOW. 180 Degrees of Light. Northamptonshire.

The first poster for this event has been produced.

Thanks to Graham Callister, Michael Fairfax and all the sponsors of the event.

Friday, 26 August 2011

FLOW. 180 Degrees of Light. Northamptonshire

We had the 2nd evening of laser testing last night shining a couple of 7.8w lasers to and from Rothwell and Desborough water towers. The subtle and varied quality of the laser beams surprised me. The beam splayed over the 2 miles between the towers so that by the time it landed on the Anglian Water tower drum, it was a curious horizontal cascade of light  - like a fast moving green stream. 
Locals seemed very interested as car after car stopped at Desborough water tower having followed the beam from Rothwell. Graham spoke to a gathering about the project and they were very supportive of what we are doing. We saw people coming out of their houses and just staring at the beam and drum.

Massive thanks to Anglian Water's Andy Pickard, Dal Badial from Laser Hire London who supplied the lasers, my brother Michael Fairfax for photographing the event and Graham Callister for co-designing the project.

Desborough water tower. One beam landing on the drum and creating the moving striated patterns and another beam leaving towards Rothwell water tower.

Rothwell water tower. The beam from Desborough landing on Rothwell water tower and the 7.8w laser being sent back.

Desborough water tower. Looking back from Desborough to Rothwell water tower you can see the beam diverge and small particles sparkling in the beam.

Photographs: Michael Fairfax.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

FLOW. Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

Another section of film showing Sir Thomas Tresham and his beloved rabbits to be projected on the side of Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire. Each section of film is randomly selected and activated by the public as they walk passed the Lodge. 
Massive thanks to Marcus Rowlands (Sir Thomas Tresham).

Friday, 19 August 2011


Eric Gill's father cut up the family sausage into 11 sections, one slice for each child.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

FLOW. Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

Another section of film which will be interactive showing Sir Thomas Tresham enjoying himself dancing with his beloved rabbits nearby. The film sections will be activated by the public's movement.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

FLOW. Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

A series of projections on the side of Sir Thomas Tresham's Catholic folly, Triangular Lodge. The building was officially used a s a warreners Lodge but was really an expression of Sir Thomas' belief in Catholicism.

These projections will be activated by different sensors so that Sir Thomas appears to do different things in response to the public's movement. The projection is planned for the the section of building below the lintel on the right hand side. The rest of the building will be illuminated internally and externally.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Calke Abbey film

A small section from the hour long looped film in a small stable.

Calke Abbey zoetrope inspired pieces

The 5 rotating pieces sited in the old Riding School show glimpses of ghostly activity. The images above and below the animated ghosts are patterns derived from the wallpaper in the house at Calke Abbey. The heraldic shields are taken from the family archives.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Calke Abbey zoetrope inspired pieces

5 zoetrope inspire pieces rotating at 1.5 rpm. Horse based imagery as the pieces are sited in Calke Abbey's old Riding School.

Thanks to the staff at Calke Abbey, Michael Fairfax, Helen Merrin and Richard Burton for their help.

The text is taken from Sir George Calke's journal whilst living at Calke. His use of language is beautiful.

Photographs by Helen Merrin.