Sky Light

by Welsby, Christopher

Film: 16mm 1988

Arts Council of England/Great Britain

Sky Light is a single screen version of the 6-projector installation with the same title ‘This film is a 'short' creation myth which challenges the notion of its own form, and ends in beautiful and violent abstraction in which only nature and technology remain. The film is in three sections, each leading further towards the final abstraction and each resembling a search for meaning and order amidst a plethora of electronic, chemical and mechanistic information. Space in this film is both highly compressed and volatile.’ - A.L. Rees An idyllic river through a forest, flashes of light and colour threaten to erase the image, bursts of short wave and static invade the tranquillity of the natural sound. The camera searches amongst the craggy rocks and ruined buildings of a bleak and windswept snowscape, a Geiger counter chatters ominously in the background. The sky is overcast at first but gradually clears to reveal a sky of unnatural cobalt blue. This film was made in response to some very strong feelings experienced at the time of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. - C.W.

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also 6 screen version 1986


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