Freedom on my Doorstep

Digital media, painted silk, history, walking art and carnival came together in the installation, Freedom on My Doorstep, at the Wiltshire Museum.

The installation provided an immersive experience based on the walk, a representation of the journey completed and an invitation to join a journey to come.

Inspired by the walk she led in 2012 Ali Pretty produced a series of large silk paintings. These vibrant works brought colour and energy into the museum visually echoing Ali’s career in carnival and resonating with the Devizes carnival. Ali’s huge silks expressed something of the philosophical and psychological experience of the journey, Richard White collated images, sound and text and this work complemented the silks. At times the sounds are darker and challenge the vibrant colour, elsewhere the digital work is both playful and reflective.The installation wove through the exhibits of the Museum. An archive recording of the installation, all the films created by Richard and the completed films contributed by Dave Wallace and Anjelika Baier are featured here:

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Reflecting on her first walk to the White Horses of Wiltshire as part of the Salisbury International Festival, Ali wrote the following.  The text became another of the starting points for the project, providing the title for the installation:

100 Miles   

Eight White Horses

 

The Beginning

Boundaries.

Borders.

Access denied.

Life and Death

Untamed landscape

Mother

Daughter

Loss

Imber

Caen Locks

Unlocked

Revealing

Millennia

Cycles

of civilization

Layers

 of landscape

Channels

of communication

Devizes

From the castle

We look out

Towards

 The Meeting Point

Walking together

Up and down

Undulations

A hoof raised

in piety

A loosening

Meeting

Full circle

Cherhill

 

Continuing

Weaving in and out

Of lives lived

Ancestral voices

singing

5000 years of song

energy harnessed

creating

an avenue

for the past

to paint the present

And sculpt the future

Avebury

 

Love

Grey Wethers

Huddled

like sheep

Against

the cold wet wind

Solidarity

Navigating Night

Up and out again

To the top

Of the world

Taking a deep breath

Inhaling

The Moment of Happiness

Martinsell

 

Later

Lying in the grass

The sun warming

Our wonderfully weary bodies

On a bed

Of iron-age flora and fauna

Grasses and orchids

under foot

Outliving

our transient steps

Pewsey

 

A yellow horse

Dappled

in golden sunlight

Galloping

towards the hills

across the vast landscape

The Wansdyke

Opening out

ahead of us

Alton Barnes

 

Light shifting

Wind ushering

darkened clouds

Torrential

Rain falling

The sky clears

Making space

for

The Sun To Set

 dazzling

an array of colour

announcing

Freedom

On

My Doorstep