Cathedral is a single screen film and sound work filmed and recorded at Fingal’s Cave, a geological formation on the uninhabited island of Staffa, off the west coast of Scotland. The sea cave was formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns, resulting from contracting and fracturing lava flow. Rediscovered by eighteenth century naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772, it often appears associated with myths and esoteric wisdom. It is also known as the musical cave due to the otherworldly sounds that can be heard inside it, produced by the echoes of waves, giving it the atmosphere of a natural cathedral. Drawing on both the geology and mysticism of the cave, Arancio’s work merges together myth, science and the seductive beauty of the location.
Salvatore Arancio was born in Catania, Italy in 1974, and lives and works in London. Past solo exhibitions include: The Hidden at Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy, 2014; Alternating Layers of Contrasting Resistance, Rowing, London, 2013; The Little Man of the Forest with the Big Hat, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy, 2012; and An Arrangement of the Materials Ejected, Spacex, Exeter, 2011.
Curated by AV Festival. UK Premiere. Supported by The Elephant Trust.
Launch: Fri 28 February 2014, 5–6pm
Sat 1 March – Sat 10 May 2014
City Library and Arts Centre
Sunderland SR1 1RE
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9.30am–5pm, Wed 9.30am–7pm, Sat 10am–4pm, closed Sun
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