Via Luminosa, the Easter story in Light

Introduction: A trail of video loops dotted around York
“Via Luminosa - the Easter story in Light”
06 - 18 April 2009

A trail of video loops dotted around York

During Easter fortnight, Monday 6th to Saturday 18th April, the Visions group, a team of Christian multimedia artists, are stepping outside and telling the Easter story in a trail of vibrant video loops dotted around York.

“Via Luminosa - the Easter story in Light” consists of a collection of looped video installations by a number of skilled multimedia artists. Each piece will be a few minutes long and will tell a part of the Easter Story. Some of these installations will be on walls or upon freestanding structures placed inside gardens, and the projectors will be sited inside nearby buildings. Other projections will be on windows themselves, which will have been turned into screens, or on televisions sited inside shop windows. The casual visitor can simply enjoy one of the images as a piece in its own right, or follow the trail around the city. Leaflets describing the artworks will be available at several sites in the city or from stewards.

“Via Luminosa” begins just outside Micklegate Bar, at St Bede's Centre, and leads inside the city walls, finishing at York Minster. There will be 15 images in total, switched on every evening between the hours of 7.30 pm to 10.00pm between Monday 6th and Saturday 18th April.

Visions have been a presence in York since 1991. They regularly do multimedia worship events in York Minster and St Cuthbert's church and have been involved in club visuals and other city arts projects in the city.

Sue Wallace, Visions music and arts coordinator, explains why they are doing the event "We have always loved the large art installations that take place in many towns in France at night. We've also noticed how people love to experience the story behind the Christians festivals in Nativity Plays, the Mystery Plays, and more recently with events like the Manchester Passion. We wanted to combine these two elements and tell the story of Easter, but in an artistic and fun way, in images made of light, and to share our art with others rather than hiding it indoors. We hope you enjoy discovering it, and seeing parts of town in a new light."

Office posted the article on Thursday, 9th April 2009 at 4:28pm


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