Gant, S. (2009) Song for the Auction Caller. Exhibit at: Eisteddfod Visual Arts Exhibition. Y Lle Celf Gallery, Carmarthenshire, Wales, August 2009. Also exhibited at: "Loop Videoart Festival", Barcelona, Spain, 21-31 May 2009; Art Video Screening "Waterpieces" Riga, Latvia, 4-6 September 2009; Cinema Bio Roxy, Orebro, Sweden, 17 October 2009; Cinema Elektra, Vasteras, Sweden, 20 November 2009; as part of the "Orebro International Videoart Festival", 1-3 October 2010, Orebro, Sweden and at Vetlanda Museum, Sweden, 21 January-19 February, 2012
"Song for the Auction Caller" collaborated with music practitioners and communities in North Wales to develop new processes for art conception and making. The vocals of three Welsh auction callers were arranged into a rhythmical, video/art hybrid. Each auctioneer’s vocal pitch was developed into a musical arrangement designed for a choir – later collaborated with the Flint Male Voice Choir, North Wales. The work was the first of its kind, developing new insights into social and engagements and community artworks. Initial recordings were highly improvised leading to refinement of new media processes with multiple voice-overs and piano accompaniment. The resulting work was selected for the The Eisteddfod Visual Arts Exhibition 2009 at Y Lle Celf gallery, Carmarthenshire, Wales, exposing the work to c40,000 visitors weekly, and for artscreen, Orebro and Vasteras, Sweden, by international selection, providing access to the work to a further 10,000 visitors.
“2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales.” Y Lle Celf, Wales, August 2009. Panel: Jane Gerrard, Curator National Centre for Applied Arts; Ruthin Iwan Bala, Artist; Adrian Plant, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.
“Orebro International Videoart Festival.” Orebro, Sweden, 1-3 October 2010. Panel: Eva Olsson and Jonas Nilsson.
Gant, Stefan, song, auction, caller, Eisteddfod, arts, video