Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival welcomed artist Sidsel Christensen to Berwick-upon-Tweed today to produce a newly commissioned work for this year’s Festival, North by Northeast, taking place in locations across Berwick-upon-Tweed from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th September 2013.
UK-based Norwegian artist Sidsel Christensen will use Berwick’s coastline – and bridges – to create a new landscape work entitled Study for Composition X. The piece involves the artist suspending herself from a height with ropes, performing on a hoop, which frames the landscape through moving image. Study for Composition X is a development of the artist’s previous work, filmed on the west coast of Norway.
Facing out to sea, the artist suspended herself 30 metres from the Royal Tweed Bridge, as part of an ambitious film shoot. For another scene, she suspended herself from a scaffold on a Berwick beach – facing back over to Norway, just as her original video set on the Norwegian coast, faced over to Berwick.
Artist Sidsel Christensen said today “It was a really calm and immersive experience to be hanging in a space, between the sea and the sky, framed by the bridge, where no-one has every been before and probably never will again."
The video works will be presented in the Gymnasium Gallery as part of the Festival, 26th – 29th September.
Study for Composition X has been commissioned by the Festival with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Arts Council England, in partnership with the NABROAD/ Norwegian Collaborative Organisation for Contemporary Art Abroad and Open Gallery.
For further information about the festival go to http://berwickfilm-artsfest.com
The Festival would like to thank the following organisations for their help and support with today’s production shoot: Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Northumberland County Council, Berwick Sailing Club, Berwick Fire Station, Berwick Garden Centre, and Berwick Holiday Park.
For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Nicky Harrison, White Hot Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 191 280 8020 / +44 (0) 7824 390826
Image: Study for Composition X by Sidsel Christensen (photographs by Mark Pinder)
Notes to editors:
Sidsel Christensen (b.1978) was born in Norway, and works across moving image, live-events and performance-based lectures to explore different possibilities of transforming perceived realities.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an international celebration of the art of the moving image, set in the historic border town of Berwick upon Tweed and looking out onto the North Sea. The inaugural Festival took place in September 2005, with a vision to transform Berwick into one big moving image installation – a visual and cultural spectacle – and the celebration has taken place every year since.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2013: North by Northeast
Set in the far North of England, and straddling the border with Scotland, this year’s programme will explore our region’s historical, industrial, travel and trade links with Northern Europe, uniting filmmakers, artists and audiences from around the North Sea rim.