Weaving Metal, Making Art (2014)

Weaving Metal, Making Art is month long residency at R-Space with internationally acclaimed artist Toshinobu Takamitsu (Japan) where heilluminated the gallery with his large scale audio-visual installations.

Toshinobu Takamitsu collaborated with local artist-blacksmith Eamonn Higgins (Belfast) and sonic artist Matthew Whiteside (Lisburn/Glasgow), to create new works throughout the residency including “Ocean” which transformed the gallery into the bottom of a dark and quiet sea by covering a whole wall with light, filtered through Japanese paper to evoke a feeling of the ocean complete with wind, wave, swell, bubbles and mysterious floating objects. The second lighting installation “Volcano” featured a new audio composition by sonic artist Matthew Whiteside, to create a dynamic representation of a volcano with pulsating magma, vibrating and beating and likely to explode at any moment.

Japanese Artist Toshinobu Takamitsu and Blacksmith Eammon Higgins worked together to forge a metal lighting tree in the courtyard at R-Space.  The public were invited to watch this creative collaboration.