Medway Hymn 2010-2012

Digital film; photography; mixed media:
Solo Show

An exploration of the curious relationship between a temple built in the late 19th Century in Gillingham, Kent by the strange Jezreelite sect; and another monumental structure: the motorway bridge across the River Medway at Rochester, dating from the mid 20th century and beneath which the stones of the demolished Temple now lay. Once a dominating presence in the landscape, the temple and any significant traces of the sect have been erased.
This project was supported and funded by the Medway Council Arts Development Team. for a solo exhibition at the Rochester Art Gallery .
The project is centred on the film 'A Medway Hymn' and includes a range of works that explore the themes of erasure, dissapearance and loss from different angles and in different media.

Catalogue with essay by Jason Wood.
Essay by Simon Barker.

'A Medway Hymn'
:film still from digital video 15 min 22 sec

'These are the Stones'
:digital video 3min 50 sec with soundtrack recorded with the Kent Association for the Blind.

Pinhole photographs.

Photograph from'Jezreelite Archive'
178 photographs of the contents of the Medway Council archive of surviving Jezreelite material.

:Installation of vintage postcards of Jezreel's Temple.

'A Song From Under A Bridge'.

Photograph taken from a vintage postcard.

'The Naming Of The Island' digital video loop, 4 min 30 sec