Teacher and artist in Barn­aby film

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

ARTIST Bed­wyr Wil­liams will ex­plore yoga in Mac­cles­field for lat­est Barn­aby Fes­ti­val com­mis­sion.

The film Flex­ure will see Bed­wyr ex­plor­ing yoga with lo­cal teacher An­drew Wrenn.

Com­mis­sioned for Mac­cles­field’s Barn­aby Fes­ti­val 2016, the film is about a tech­no­log­i­cally chal­lenged hyp­no­tist, who be­comes hooked on his own self-hyp­no­sis tapes and en­ters another time and space, a place of fa­mil­iar Mac­cles­field land­marks and a lo­cal yoga teacher.

Jo­drell Bank Ob­ser­va­tory was one of the in­flu­en­tial rea­sons that Barn­aby Fes­ti­val, lo­cated in the town, chose its 2016 theme of space.

Caernar­fon-based Mr Wil­liams has ex­plored the theme be­fore, with his in­stal­la­tion Starry Mes­sen­ger, which pre­miered at the 2013 Venice Bi­en­nale and ex­plores a fas­ci­na­tion with astronomers – in par­tic­u­lar the am­a­teur.

He said: “I didn’t want to make a se­quel to The Starry Mes­sen­ger.

“I wanted to ex­plore in­ner space. We are liv­ing in an age of mind­ful­ness and anx­i­ety and it seemed ap­pro­pri­ate to ex­plore that. I came about it through the idea of a hyp­nother­a­pist and the video will be like watch­ing a hyp­nother­apy video.”

He added: “The hyp­nother­a­pist re­ceives com­plaints from his clients that the sound qual­ity of his cas­settes isn’t good.

“He starts to im­prove this through com­puter equip­ment and in the process he gets a bit hooked on them.

“His work is in­ter­rupted by a nui­sance neigh­bour, who shouts crazy things at him like ‘cream cracker’ which he hears as it trav­els down their shared chim­ney.

“The hyp­no­tist takes on the form of another char­ac­ter and be­comes ex­tra sup­ple – al­most like an in­stant yogi.”

Bed­wyr ac­cepted the com­mis­sion for Barn­aby Fes­ti­val as he en­joys ex­plor­ing pro­vin­cial towns.

He added: “I re­mem­ber the Macc Lads from when I was a teenager, but I had never been here.

“It’s got the postin­dus­trial feel of Manch­ester, but ru­ral too.

“It’s kind of like Coro­na­tion Street meets Last of the Sum­mer Wine.

“I was also at­tracted to Mac­cles­field be­cause of the badge it had of be­ing the least cul­tural place in the UK in 2004.

“I thought it would be great to make a piece of work here.”

Visit the fes­ti­val web­site at web­site www.barn­abyfes­ti­val.

●» Teacher An­drew Wrenn (left) and artist Bed­wyr Wil­liams

●» The horse be­ing res­cued at Adling­ton Eques­trian Cen­tre

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