Ross Ashton and Karen Monid are artists working with projection and sound to create 3D video mapping artworks using architecture as their canvas. Their work is shown all over the world and they have recently created works in California and New Zealand.
“Over the centuries, mankind has been fascinated by the structure of the universe and our place in it.
“Although the answers have changed, the questions remain the same and are universal: Where have we come from and what is our future?
“SPIRITUS: Light & Darkness, juxtaposes images drawn from medieval cosmology with cutting edge research material which illustrates our knowledge of the universe today.
“Ancient ideas of astrology and planetary movements are seen beside the ‘hidden’ forces we now believe shape the structure of the universe: dark matter, dark energy and black holes.
“The music is based on the work of the medieval mystic and nun, Hildegard von Bingen.
“This work has come about from our collaboration with the Ordered Universe Project and especially the Departments of Medieval History and of Computational Cosmology at Durham University.
“The Ordered Universe is a radical interdisciplinary project that brings together scholars in the humanities specialising in medieval studies and modern scientists to analyse the scientific works of the 13th century English polymath Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253).
“We are very much looking forward to being part of the Gravesend light event. As artists working in the public domain, we are very aware of the positive impact that light festivals can have on the local community and economy.”
A few historic facts about St Andrew’s Arts Centre:
In the mid-19th century, the River Thames off Gravesend was alive with vessels waiting to load cargoes and passengers, with many of the emigrants heading for Australia, New Zealand and the Americas.
Smaller boats supplied the everyday needs of the larger ships and the crews of these boats lived with their families on board a collection of hulks and old barges moored just offshore.
The priest of the local church looked upon these people as his parishioners and extended his services to them.
It soon became necessary to have a headquarters for the mission and after taking over a former public house, donations were received from townsfolk including Charles Dickens. In 1870 the foundation stone was laid and the church was finished and consecrated on St Andrew’s Day in 1871.
The church was built to serve Gravesend’s waterside community and most recently an Arts Centre.