Bringing meaning to place with the made-up stories from local communities was the idea behind Lightwriting. We worked with four different County Durham communities and constructed a narrative form that was presented at Lumiere Durham 2011. Over each of the four evenings the narratives changed – each night being dedicated to the community that came up with their own stories.
Projecting coloured light to form words through a matrix of holes (3,640 drilled holes per side), the Lightwriting cube told a story four faces at a time, changing every 20 seconds. Visitors ran around and followed the stories before all four sides changed to the next “page”. Every screen was a delight of language caught in all its quirkiness, and all the screens taken together told heartwarming and hilarious stories as they came naturally.
Commissioned by Lumiere Durham 2011
Produced by Artichoke