Following its postponement as part of MANIPULATE Festival earlier this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Puppet Animation Scotland are pleased to announce today new dates for their multi-city outdoor installation artwalk, Restless Worlds.
Each year MANIPULATE Festival brings audiences together to experience boundary-pushing performances. The 14th edition took place online across the first week of February packed with performance, screenings and workshops, viewed by an audience of 5000 from 39 countries. Now, as Spring approaches and restrictions gently ease, precautions are firmly in place for the safe delivery of Restless Worlds.
The kinetic sculpture installation artwalk will open at the Lyceum, Edinburgh (21 April – 2 May), before visiting Aberdeen (6 - 16 May), with further dates in Glasgow to be announced.
Dawn Taylor, Puppet Animation Scotland’s director commented, “Restless Worlds was born out of a desire to utilise the extraordinary skills and vision of our community of artists to create a unique cultural experience for Scottish audiences during the pandemic. We are so excited to finally be able to share these works with the public after having to postpone our original plans due to the lockdown.
“The installation features both leading Scottish artists and exciting emerging new voices, who between them have an extraordinary range of backgrounds, including puppetry, sculpture, filmmaking, object theatre, photography, generative design and theatre. After so long without access to theatres and galleries, Restless Worlds offers audiences a really unique and distinctive covid-safe arts experience – part exhibition, part storytelling, and something you can enjoy at your own pace as you wander around the city.”
Ben Torrie, Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Director of Programming and Creative Projects said “We are delighted to be part of the Manipulate Festival’s Restless Worlds project and are sure those in the North-east will take great enjoyment from the sculpture trail. We’re looking forward to bringing some much needed joy and offering something for everyone to look forward to. The sculptures and artwork are extraordinary and take in some iconic locations around the city so we are looking forward to sharing them.”
Eight artists have been commissioned to create stories combining moving sculpture works for windows and soundscapes around each city. Inspired by Boccaccio’s 1353 novel The Decameron, where ten strangers shelter together in hiding from the Plague, finding their way through the quarantine by telling each other stories, this series of works will be created by some of Scotland’s leading puppeteers, sculptors and animators.
Upon purchasing a ticket, audiences will gain access to Audio or BSL files streamed direct to their phones, along with a guide to the artwork locations so they can discover these moving worlds. Providing joy and escapism in a moment of wider social and cultural upheaval, the selected artists and their curious creations include:
Multi-award winning Scottish theatre makers, designers and puppeteers Shona Reppe & Tamlin Wiltshire present Still Life with Willow Pattern - an intricate hospital for broken things repaired through Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing objects with gold lacquer; filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Lucas Chih-Peng Kao and visual artist, puppeteer and theatre maker Katanari offer a peek into a curious collection of imaginary beings from the past or the future with Creaturium: The Lost Ones; and visual artist Chell Young uses a scale model and the timeless and utopic Renaissance architecture of Florence to theatrically demonstrate deceit and disinformation in the present day with Trials of Bliss.
Sculptor, puppet-maker and designer Guy Bishop presents The Diktat Synthesizer – a curious machine generating regulations governing social behaviour in the era of COVID-19 using wheels and life-size figures; Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre and novelist Heather Parry explore the classically gothic themes of isolation, love and the loss of innocence with Apple Eaters - a creative fusion of work featuring music by Brian Irvine and vocal performance by Kirsty Logan; and theatre practitioner, Gavin Glover in his signature faulty optic style presents a cabinet of curious journeys and impossible science with A Rock and a Hard Place.
Joining them puppeteer, performer and multidisciplinary artist, Jessica Innes creates Mr Holdcroft – a specially designed living room and animated film of an elderly puppet combating isolation; and Scotland-based Canadian visual artist Samuel Watterworth challenges viewers’ perceptions of self, presence and connection by pulling them into the installation Here. We’re Not with interactive visuals and found audio from radio frequencies around the world.
A unique outdoor opportunity to step into eight magical new worlds, tickets for Restless Worlds go on sale on Thursday 1 April at 12pm - visit MANIPULATEfestival.org.