“Emotional and immersive” Lanterns on the Lake/Novak collaboration now live on The Space

Posted: 15th August 2012

An “emotional and immersive” creative collaboration between glacial soundscapers Lanterns on the Lake and visual artists Novak depicting North East England’s industrial and maritime heritage is now available on the Arts Council England/BBC Space platform.

Shot at Sunderland’s vast Pallion Shipyard, Pallion marries the haunting vocal of Lanterns on the Lakes’ Hazel Wilde with Novak Collective’s projection mapping technology in the shadow of the imposing decommissioned ocean liner TSS Manxman. The result is a majestic representation of the historic vessel, the once thriving shipbuilding yard and Sunderland’s rich maritime past. Click here to watch the performance.

The unusual creative partnership between Newcastle-based Novak and the Bella Union-signed sextet was commissioned by North East creative development agencies Generator and Northern Film & Media through Space Invasion – a series of experimental music, arts and film collaborations in unusual venues across the North East for broadcast on The Space channel. Space Invasion is one of the UK’s largest projects for The Space – the £2.5 million digital arts initiative developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. 

"It’s been very exciting to be part of The Space initiative. Collaborating closely with Lanterns on the Lake and responding artistically to such an inspiring location is exactly what drives Novak on. Showcasing our video mapping techniques on the unusual surface of the Manxman was a really rewarding challenge that we relished,” said Nik Barrera, Novak Collective's creative partner.

"The stunningly atmospheric Pallion will provide an international audience with a rich taste of the North East’s cultural and industrial heritage. Space Invasion’s unique creative focus combined with the support received from Arts Council England and the BBC will enable Northern Film & Media and Generator to celebrate many of the achievements of this region, from our past through to the present day,” added John Tulip, Norther Film & Media's managing director.

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Arts Council North East's regional director – North East said: “Pallion is a wonderful piece of work. Viewing it on The Space is an emotional and immersive experience, and it’s great to see such an important part of our region’s industrial heritage shaping its cultural output. Generator and NFM’s Space Invasion partnership is an exciting collaboration, and Lanterns on the Lake and Novak Collective have produced a valuable addition to the project."

Jim Mawdsley, Generator's chief executive said the piece epitomises the objectives of the Space Invasion: “This first commission represents perfectly the type of collaboration we hoped to achieve through ‘Space Invasion’; outstanding audio and visual work developed in response to an incredible heritage site - now been made available across a pioneering new platform," he said.

Generator and Northern Film & Media have also announced that North Yorkshire-based production company Dustfarm has won an £8k commission to make only the third music video for pioneering electronic musician SBTRKT (XL Recordings/Young Turks).  Dustfarm will work with SBTRKT – AKA Aaron Jerome – and vocalist Sampha on a futuristic music video for the London-based artist’s ‘Trials of the Past’ track.

Meanwhile, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith interpretation of Lavinia Greenlaw’s ‘Essex Kiss’ poem in Newcastle’s historic Morden Tower and will be available on The Space later this month.

Space Invasion draws to a close on 22 September at The Sage Gateshead with a headline performance from Mercury Prize nominated experimental electronic hip hop artist ghostpoet and a DVJ set from Raj Pannu (Coldcut) using archive clips from the BBC’s seminal Old Grey Whistle Test TV show. The event will also feature a Space Invasion showcase and performances from Lulu James, Jethro Fox and Seye from Generator’s Tipping Point talent network. Click here to buy tickets.

All of the content produced, including a special Space Invasion documentary, will be available worldwide on The Space. Attendees of Space Invasion at The Sage Gateshead will also be able to gain exclusive second screen content on their tablets and mobiles.

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