Messages out of the Blue

March 30, 2014

Here are  Sarah Coulson and Saskia Warren, the first two speakers on March 22, in dialogue with a participant.
 Most of the participants sending feedback have told us Messages out of the Blue: Interpreting a Skyspace  was a really good occasion. ( Negative feedback is being attended to.) Our intention is put items from the day online as soon as we can, but it may take a little while.  We will include the spoken contributions and some visual ones, images   and pieces shown on the day, and also taken on the day.  We’ll tell you when this happens using this blog, so sign up for it on the front page of the site if you want to make no further effort, and we’ll tell you on the Facebook page, if that is one of your habits.
Here is one account of the last stage of the event, which 30 people went to. If you were there did not have one of these places and would like to go to the next Sitting at Sunset event on May 17, please get in touch with Yorkshire Sculpture Park Remind them that you were there on March 22 and they will give you a free place. But if you want to take friends who were not there on March 22 I’m afraid you’ll have to pay £5 for them.  Read this account and see if you want to go.
I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the day on Saturday at YSP
We went to the deer shelter to watch the light fade and it was truly a great experience.  I became mesmerised by the blue square which seemed to come downwards as the light faded and the blue deepened.  The memory has lived with me for days after.
It was amazing – there were clouds, then pale blue, then wind and rain, the occasional bird – but when we came out around 7pm the sky looked dark – almost black above – not blue!
I was so glad I could cope with the full day – I guess I was enjoying it all and finding it so interesting.
 And finally, the other speakers, relaxed after appreciation.


Three days to go

March 19, 2014

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Three days to go till the big event, and everything proceeding well. All places are taken.

Sorry that we have never given you the ‘penultimate blog’ promised last time – some of the ideas for that can still come later.

So this is the update on the final arrangements. I’ve taken the bullet points from the YSP website and expanded  them a bit.

  • Your price includes refreshments during the afternoon, but not lunch which is available in the YSP resataurant.   Participants get free parking – just check your car registration number in at the information desk and then you can drive out free(ly).
  • Ticket includes 10% discount to spend on the day in the YSP Shop, Restaurant and Cafe. Whoopee doo, remember this.
  • The full programme of  speakers will be available to download soon.  We hope.  Or if not the full programme will be available on paper on the day.
  • This event includes an  opportunity to sit at sunset in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace at YSP.   Experience the transition from day to night through an aperture in the roof, offering you a heightened vision of the Yorkshire sky in a place of contemplation and  revelation.
  • Space for the viewing is limited to 25/30 people, bookable at a first come first served basis at the door. This means that we shall welcome you on arrival and ask you to decide whether you want to go to the sitting that day. ( It will finish about 7.15).    There are sixty people in the afternoon but some of them will have been before, some will need to get home quickly, and others might prefer to come on another day; we hope that under 30 people will decide that this is their only chance.
  • But there is to be another chance for disappointed ticket holders – you will get free entry if you reserve a place at the sitting at sunset event for Museums at Night on May 17 2014. And you could also book a ticket for a friend who is not at the study afternoon.

And what is the picture at the top?  That is after the ending of the first Quaker meeting for worship in the Deer Shelter Skyspace.  Note the subsidiary lighting at the top of the back rest, showing up well in this picture.

See you on Saturday, or back here afterwards.  Eventually most of the programme will be uploaded to the net with links from this site, so you can see what happened.



Art, Architecture and Agitation

February 5, 2014

Art, Architecture and Quakers. The idea to have a colloquium in which ideas of art were explored from 2 viewpoints , the artist’s and the Quaker’s, arose because of the decision of Quakers in Britain to decline a Turrell installation in the Quaker centre in London.  This was incomprehensible to Sculpture Park staff, whose whole […]

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Light and ….snow

January 2, 2014

Light and….snow    We’ve always wondered what happens when it snows on Yorkshire ground at the Deer Shelter Skyspace.  Though quite a few people think there is some kind of transparent lid in the Skyspace – there isn’t.  And whatever comes out of the maritime sky comes into the Skyspace : leaves, wind, rain, bird […]

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Light, plain or with colour?

November 23, 2013

In the Deer Shelter Skyspace the light is managed, presented, controlled and purified.  We see a slice of the natural sky, sometimes a square of light on the wall and hardly realise how different that experience is from our casual immersion in the wide sky all over us.  But we then become attached to this […]

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Light from many sources

October 30, 2013

Light from many sources Lisa and I spent the afternoon discussing research, hers, mine and other peoples’, and how it interweaves with our experience of Turrell’s light art.  The sun played on the wall in the Tiled Hall and straight into my eyes; I moved so that the effect was gentler. Interestingly that can’t happen […]

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Carrying the light

October 15, 2013

  Carrying the light.                   How  did we get here? Looking at the reflection in the water on the floor while sitting at sunset with wet boots?  Good question. Seven years earlier it was the hottest day of the year so far (actually only April).  We had been invited to come and […]

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Space under the Sky

September 27, 2013

Space under the sky     Booking has now opened for Messages out of the Blue: Interpreting Turrell’s Skyspaces.  This message  has to be synchronised with the other publicity in various places, so that no-one is disappointed and led up a dead end.     The half day seminar/colloquium/what you will is now being advertised […]

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September 15, 2013

The Changing of the Light Before we begin: some information about the Deer Shelter Skyspace   Many people do not realise that there are distinct experiences in the Deer Shelter Skyspace.  They visit in the day time, watch the sky in the square, blue or gray, clear or cloudy, hear the resonances of silence, sheep […]

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Update: An Introduction to our Revived Blog

August 30, 2013

Earlier this year we ran another ‘sitting at sunset’ event in the Deer Shelter Skyspace – no sun, no sunset, but gloom, pouring rain and mud. Nevertheless, the aperture did its stuff perfectly, and it was a great experience. Our next event is going to be a study afternoon on March 22 2014, swiftly followed […]

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