Taith Yr Ysbryd: 2023 Digital Installation Launch

Taith Yr Ysbryd: 2023 Digital Installation Launch

Wednesday 2nd August 2023
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Taith Yr Ysbryd [‘Journey of the Spirt’ in English, and ‘Suikon’ in Japanese] is a sonic and visual exploration of our changing relationship with our landscape, and specifically the wonderful surroudings in Ceredigion. A stop motion animation, it tracks the path of Afon Rheidol from source, where the flow is immediately dammed and channeled for human ends, briefly allowed to meander as a mountain stream, before pooling up in the Nant y Moch Reservoir.

The creative team comment, “This film uses images and sounds of the place to describe the texture of the water, the tranquility and playful ferocity of the babbles and brooks that line the mountainside, and the enormous interruption to the water’s flow that the dam creates. We finish with a view suggestive of the timescales involved in the life of a river, and a sense that there is more to come in the long story of the Rheidol.”

Although a live, screening experience, audience members will also have the opportunity to engage with this installation from the comfort of their home following the launch. This is not to be missed!

About our creative team

Composer of concert and electronic music, Delyth Field, hails frm Wrexham in North Wales and is currently an undergraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. Delyth’s music has been performed across the world, and responds to the changing environment to her experiences as a Japanese-Welsh music creator. In 2021, Delyth won the NCEM Young Composer Award, in partnership with BBC Radio 3, for her Kagura Suite for Recorders inspired by Kagura, the oldest form of dance in Japan.

Brian Swaddling is an artist and musician based in West Wales. The work created relates to the emotional connection and expression of ourselves in the landscape. Read more.

What is this collaboration?

This is a specially-commissioned collaboration in which two creatives, either based in or from Wales, will have the opportunity to collaborate with one another and create a digital installation inspired by the rich landscape and culture of Aberystwyth, and premiered as part of our International Music Festival and Summer School in summer 2023.

Delyth and Brian have collaborated with one another to create a digital installation responding to a theme of their choosing inspired by the rich landscape and culture of Aberystwyth (the sea, land, and ecology of the area, the beautiful Ceredigion coastline, to Cantre’r Gwaelod, for example).

After a national call for creatives, the selection panel of industry experts were excited to see a broad range of high quality, inventive, and forward thinking visual art and music. This opportunity is the result of a special collaboration between MusicFest Aberystwyth and its Associate Artistic Director Nathan James Dearden, the Welsh Music Guild, and the School of Art at Aberystwyth University

Join us

There is no booking require for this event, so simply turn up and enjoy for FREE!

Date(s) - Wednesday 2nd August 2023
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm