The original platforms at Bristol Temple Meads will be brought back to life on August 17 to launch this year’s See No Evil. What promises to be a visually spectacular event is called Mails, Maps and Motions, featuring a host of one-off commissions and collaborations blending music and film.
One of the most exciting elements is the final performance of the night featuring Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, drawing on the film archive of the General Post Office and the history of the area, “from Brunel’s original sketches to the arrival of the 125, from the echo of the steam train to the building’s electric future… play(ing) with the city’s industrial history, offering an immersive aural and visual treat to leave you breathless”.
Unlike what will be happening along Nelson Street for the second year running, there will be no painting on these walls. Rather, artists will be projecting their canvasses onto the historic brickwork.
“The performance on Friday night will feature a selection of films and a host of Watershed collaborators bought together for the first time,” says Claire Reddington, director of the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed who will play a leading role in the event.
“The evening will explore themes of industry, modernity, technology and communication, juxtaposing our industrial past with the technological present.”
Film screenings on the night include Night Mail (1936), a film with a score arranged by Benjamin Britten and verse by WH Auden; Trade Tattoo (1937), commissioned by the General Post Office Film Unit and using animations to explore the rhythm of a British working day and to encourage people to post early; and Love on The Wing (1938), another animation featuring ”a dazzling frenzy of mail-related motion” which was banned by the Post Office for its use of risque imagery.
For more information about Mails, Maps and Motion and to register for your free ticket, visit www.seenoevilbristol.co.uk.