The Buried Moon offers a virtual reality experience at Ambleside campus

The Buried Moon offers a virtual reality experience at Ambleside campus

The Buried Moon, an installation created at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus as part of the Lakes Ignite Festival, is attracting widespread interest.

The multi-disciplinary art project appears in three parts.

The Heart of a Cave is an exhibition of artworks by Wayne Burrows while The Buried Moon is a performance by Philip Stanier and Kate Downer. The Fall through Earth is a virtual reality experience featuring 360 degree photography and a series of art works by Wayne Burrows, animated by Adam York Gregory, and featuring the voice of Gillian Jane Lees.

The installation aims to combine storytelling, performance and current scientific knowledge and explores how our imaginations have led us to uncover the layers beneath the Lake District. 

The project is made in collaboration with Ben Francis Smith, an exploration geologist and Lake District resident.

Philip Stanier, artistic director of The Strange Names Collective, said: “We tend to think of and look at the landscape in a fixed way. When we think of the World Heritage Status we tend to think of one location.  We are looking at the landscape from a geological point of view, and also considering its changing history and culture.

“It’s hard for us to pin down why we’re drawn to landscapes. The Buried Moon is part fantasy, part reality. The performance will see us imagining there is a moon underneath us, buried in the earth. We will be digging for the moon.

“Visitors should expect to encounter the mysteries of geology and the deep interior of the earth. We will be exploring what we know and what is literally under our feet!”

Richard Foster, CEO Brewery Arts Centre, the lead partner of Lakes Culture, said: “Buried Moon completes Lakes Culture's six Lakes Ignite commissions for 2018. We know that the first five commissions have surprised, delighted and inspired visitors to the Lake District and reinforced the message that we are the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.” 

Since opening on Saturday May 26, The Buried Moon will run until the end of July with several performances, which are 20 minutes in length, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm & evening at 7pm)

“The university is delighted to partner with Lakes Culture to host this remarkable new work by the critically acclaimed company of Philip Stanier and the Strange Names Collective,” Roddy Hunter, Director of the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria said. “‘The Buried Moon is an exciting contemporary arts commission which like the academic portfolio of the University’s Institute of the Arts spans performance, installation, photography and digital technology. This ground-breaking work has been developed in direct response to our stunning Ambleside location in the heart of the Lake District National Park and so seeing it will be a unique experience sure to live long in the memory.”

The event is free tickets are available here

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