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Sublime Finale at Inverness Cathedral

Date uploaded: November 7, 2012

Sublime Finale at Inverness Cathedral
St Andrew’s Cathedral, 15 Ardross Street, Inverness, IV3 5NS
Saturday 10 November // 6.30 - 8.00pm // Free Event // All Welcome

On Saturday 10th November, the final free Sublime event promises to be a memorable evening in the atmospheric and unique context of St Andrew's Cathedral and completes IOTA's year long Sublime programme funded by Creative Scotland, Inverness Common Good Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. Sublime has been running since last September with the remit to show artworks in unusual settings from roof top screening at the Old Town Rose Street car park and live car painting on Falcon Square to art installations in a disused Stevenson lighthouse.

The special one-off evening on Saturday 10th November starts at 6.30pm and will feature a screening of ‘Dead Reckoning’ by artist Stephen Hurrel and a live music performance of ‘Terrestrial Sea’ by artist & musician Mark Lyken featuring cellist Stacey Sievwright and two young Ross-shire based vocalists Alice Bentley and Josephine Sillars.

The new work is the outcome of two artists’ residencies delivered in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences at their Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty. The artists, Stephen Hurrel and Mark Lyken, have worked alongside marine biologists to create works that investigate parallels between marine mammal and human senses; exploring how sound and light, natural and man-made, affect behaviour.

Stephen Hurrel’s ‘Dead Reckoning’ film plots a visual and sound journey through a land and seascape containing monuments to industry, energy and leisure. It features cinematic images of the immediate environment, together with underwater video and sound recordings, to create a dialogue between ‘above’ and ‘below’ the waterline. This work is a response to the immediate maritime environment of the Cromarty and Moray Firths and to the recorded material sourced from marine researchers at the Lighthouse Field Station. On the same day as Sublime in Inverness the film will be screened as part of Sonica: a Glasgow-wide celebration of international sonic art at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street from 2pm.

‘The Terrestrial Sea’ by Mark Lyken is a new body of sound works and has used the underwater acoustic research to construct an EP with four sound compositions available to by on iTunes. For the event Lyken will performance two of tracks: ‘Dry Sea’ and ‘Wetlands’ which features the distorted underwater sounds, both natural and man-made, of the Cromarty Firth as well as a new composition especially for the Cathedral called 'Monument'.

Lyken comments that: ‘I had imagined Cromarty would be a place of real quiet but what I tuned into almost immediately was the constant electric thrum from the oil rigs docked in the Cromarty Firth and the fabrication yard across the water to Nigg. It's an oddly urban acoustic environment that is in stark contrast to its coastal setting.’

Lyken will be accompanied by cellist Stacey Sievwright who has played with bands such as Arab Strap, The Reindeer Section and The Boy Who Trapped the Sun as well as composing with and fronting her own band The Moth and the Mirror. As well as cello, Lyken will be supported by two talented local singers Josephine Sillars (Fortrose Academy) and Alice Bentley (age 17, Dingwall Academy) who performed at Belladrum this year with her band Young Trees.

The Sublime programme's educational activity has focussed on talks and workshops for Advance Higher students along with mentoring and increasing the employability of young people with an interest in visual arts.

Susan Christie from IOTA said: ‘This programme has been extraordinarily success in its reach and has attracted some great press coverage on from the Guardian, BBC online, STV News as well as local radio and papers. We hope that it’s showcased Inverness and the wider Highlands as a place where dynamic and engaging visual arts can thrive.'

6.30pm Reception in The Old Boys School // 7 - 8pm St Andrew’s Cathedral

For live updates follow them on Twitter @InvernessOTA

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'Dead Reckoning' Stephen Hurrel, film still, 2012

'Dead Reckoning' Stephen Hurrel, film still, 2012