Audience, Llanelli 2014

Audience is a site-specific public artwork that connects the vibrant community of Ffwrnes Theatre with the town of Llanelli in Wales. When activity is detected below, a crowd of virtual characters appear in an elevated panoramic window. When more people gather below, more virtual performers appear in the window. The virtual characters can be understood as performers, or as an audience watching everyday performances below. The studio worked with the local community and local filmmaker Tom Gripper to create the characters, filming participants in the theatre’s Stepni Studio. The groups who took part include Ysgol Heol Goffa, Ysgol Dewi Sant, Coleg Sir Gar, SA15 Stage School, Y Ffwrnes staff and visitors. The artwork included the design, fabrication and installation of the bespoke moving image display. Twelve sliding video panels occupy a panoramic window in the Y Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli town centre. The panels can be configured as a continuous broken landscape image or six portrait displays.

The project was commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council and EMP Projects. Hardware and Software by Showave. Fabrication and assembly by Frozen Fish.

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