We were very excited about the resonances of having one site, on Lindisfarne, up high, with superb 360 degree views, and filled with light, whilst the other was underground, like a monk’s cell. The Lindisfarne Tower also looked across to Bamburgh on a clear day as well as down on St Cuthbert’s island and the colony of seals on the sandbar nearby. The actual installation went smoothly. Tom Schofield, the digital artist, brought another artist with him, Ben Freeth, and between them they wired and cut and got everything working. Our initial excitement was about the Tower and its wonderful views. In practice this has been the more difficult of the two sites. For one thing, when the tide is propitious Lindisfarne is extremely crowded through the summer, and hundreds of people are making their way to the Tower. This might seem good but they want to ralk raher than listen and have come there primarily to look.I had one experience when the installation came on and people stopped talking and stood quietly at the windows looking out. This is the effect that we wanted. Mostly, however, when I’ve been there it’s been uncomfortable because the crowds and the chatter and been unremitting. Another consequence has been that wires get disturbed – or else someone switches something off – and the installation has often been down. It won’t come back on unless someone re-boots the computer. I’m finding out about the problems of working ‘in the wild’, on an unsupervised site. The crypt, on the other hand, has worked beyond our dreams.The cool echoing space inspires listening, and the poems are cut to emphasize the word ‘solitude’ which resonates in the space. I’ve found […]