The Dyffyn Nanttle valley has been quarried for slate since the 14th century. This activity has all but ceased in the 21st century.
The sound of industry breaths ever quieter, the legacy left is both tactile and aural. The gradient lines have shifted due to the physical change in the geography. Nature has returned and the wildlife no longer competes to be heard. The echoes of this past activity however are evident in all directions. The roads change in direction to navigate around the works, the tip piles contrasting the green foliage.
Adlais seeks to explore this unique landscape by extracting sounds and visuals directly from it.
Director's statement: "With my main background in photography I have found myself more and more bewitched by the art of sound, the moving image and performance. Sound can be the most direct way of engaging with a subject and makes for an enlightening and evocative medium to explore the outside world. Sound and Film combined affect our emotions immediately without thought or explanation. As an artist I am interested in the intersection of the visual and sonic landscape."
Directed by James Davoll
James Davoll is a multi-disciplined artist working across creative digital media, video installation, film, photography, performance and sound. James’ practice explores specific landscapes asking questions of their contemporary role, relevance and our emotive response to them. He has produced works for the Being Human Festival, The Dark Outside Festival and the Festival of Humanity. James seeks to investigate our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world. Beginning his art career in analogue photography he has become more and more interested in the intersection of the visual and sonic landscape as well as bringing liveness into his work.