Private Views Made Public
17 – 19 September 2010
This stunning screen installation invites you as the viewer to share a unique viewpoint and moment of contemplation as you look out across six spectacular landscapes along mid-Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge that roll through night and day, season through season. The time-lapse films have been created by Patricia MacKinnon-Day and the soundscape by Stuart Borthwick and Tim Dalton.
Mackinnon-Day worked with six local people who “own” spectacular private panoramic views of these six historically important Iron Age forts that overlook Helsby, Woodhouse, Eddisbury, Kelsborrow, Beeston and Maiden Castle. The soundscape accompanying the time-lapse films is based on field recordings completed at the six hillforts.
She negotiated with them to access their land and make these secret places public. Presented in High-Definition video of evolving landscapes through the seasons. Created using time lapse cinematography, these short films remind us of the enduring nature of these ethereal, mysterious ancient monument sites, that date back to the Iron Age. Patricia MacKinnon-Day is an artist living in Chester, who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned to create significant and ambitious contemporary art works. She approaches her work with the spirit of investigation, teasing out the clues, to past and present human activity. Private Views Made Public has been commissioned through Cheshire West and Chester’s Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded through Heritage Lottery Fund. For further information about the Habitats and Hillforts Landcsape Partnership Scheme please visit http://www.habitatsandhillforts.co.uk/
Patricia MacKinnon-Day was born in Glasgow. She studied Fine Art at Liverpool School of Art, Media and Design before completing an MA at the Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in the North West of England and is currently a Reader in Environmental art at Liverpool John Moores University. Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout the UK and elsewhere. Specialising in installation, her work has generated a series of socially engaged gallery installations and site-specific corporate and public projects both nationally and internationally. A recent collaboration in Bracknell, looked at the socio/political context of a high-needs housing and care unit at Rainforest Walk. Using the surveillance technology on site to produce a thought-provoking and unique work in collaboration with the young residents.
Stuart Borthwick and Tim Dalton teach Popular Music Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Stuart’’s teaching and research interests include 20th Century “European Theory”, representations of youth culture, and genre study within popular music. Stuart is co-author of a history of popular music entitled “Popular Music Genres”. Tim Dalton is a music industry professional and academic. Tim’’s past production credits include Atomic Kitten, Faith No More, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Simple Minds, Transvision Vamp, Kula Shaker, Finley Quaye, and Kirsty MacColl.
Part of the Independents Liverpool Biennial strand.
This will be showing in Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Open: 10.00 – 16.00 each day