Friday, 30 August 2013


A “son et lumiere” artwork inspired by three Viking kings.

Clifford's Tower - York

Thank you for your interest in this project.

We are Ross Ashton and Karen Monid and we have been commissioned by Illuminating York 2013 to create an original artwork for this lighting festival, which takes place from the 30th October to the 2nd November this year.

We work in projected image and sound to create our works.  Our pieces are site specific and are inspired by the buildings and history of the sites at which we work and their relationship with the people that live and have lived there.
We use as much original imagery, documents and scripts as we can to produce our work.
Take a look here to see some of our previous works.

We are looking for volunteers who can be recorded either in York or London, or are willing and able to record themselves, who are speakers of and read Old Norse and/or Old English. We’re aware that Icelandic people are able to also read Old Norse, so Icelandic speakers are also very welcome! We will use sentences in these languages and in modern English to build up the layers of sound that will create this sound-world and will inform the images that will be projected.

If you are interested in taking part and can spare a short time to read a few sentences in these ancient languages and in modern English then do please email us here!
Once you get in touch with us, we will open a direct line of communication with all volunteers so they have more details about the final project.
We do not have a date set yet for the recording sessions but it will be around 2 weeks from now.

Please contact Ross Ashton by email:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

e-Luminate Festival 2014 - Call for Technical Partners and Artists

"Energy, Growth, Movement" by Susie Olczak, 2013
Photo courtesy Oliver Cross
--> Are you interested in showcasing your technology or products in a new and exciting way?  Or are you an artist with an interest in technology and the cross-over between art and science? The 2014 e-Luminate Festival is the UK’s first event designed to showcase the imaginative and inspirational potential of new art created using low carbon/energy efficient technology  - is looking for more technical sponsors for its 2104 event.
This will be staged between the 12th and 23rd of February 2014 in Cambridge, UK. In its second year, e-Luminate is now under the Artistic Direction of projection specialist Ross Ashton, known for his work worldwide and his expertise in producing specular public art works.

It has also just been confirmed that leading entertainment technology brands Panasonic and Pulsar have come on-board.

e-Luminate provides a completely unique opportunity for brands, manufacturers and distributors to highlight all sorts of sound, lighting and video hardware and software products and enables artists to use these in new, exciting and inventive ways.

I am delighted that Panasonic and Pulsar have committed to supporting the event. I think that have companies of this calibre on-board already is a great testament to the importance of the Festival and its ambitions.

Cambridge based Pulsar have been instrumental in popularising the use of LED technology in the entertainment and architainment sectors with the development of their ground-breaking Chroma range of LED fixtures. Pulsar featured heavily in the first e-luminate last year and are keen to be involved in their home town again this year.

Panasonic are also embracing the need to produce genuinely greener technology and now offer several ranges of smaller, and more eco-friendly projectors that are expedient on power consumption, yet with no compromise on the brightness front.

Interactive lighting control specialists amBX are sponsoring e-Luminate for the second year running following a great response from their enthusiastic participation last year’s inaugural event.

I also want to find a moving light sponsor. Most moving light brands have at least one LED range and this is an ideal chance for these to be utilised in a completely different and very cool way with stunning results. However,I see this festival to be about more than just lighting.  For example amBX are software specialists and many musical compositions take the theme of light as their inspiration. We are very keen to create works using audio and software solutions and are actively seeking companies which would like to showcase their products in a new artistic environment.

It’s the intention of e-Luminate to team artists up with technology partners enabling them to create a series of vibrant installations which can be enjoyed by the public for the duration of the festival. Artworks will be created on a range of scales from the monumental to the small, with art sited across the city and in the public domain.

It will also raise awareness of environmental challenges related to lighting and energy use;  encourage people to re-evaluate the role of lighting in their day-to-day living as well as for entertainment and fun and emphasise the links between technology and creativity.

Several levels of sponsorship are available.

The call for Artists to take part in e-Luminate Cambridge is open until August 15th.
For more information on sponsorship, please check or call/email Ross Ashton on 020 8293 4270 /
 e-Luminate is a Community Interest Company created to open and sustain dialogue between arts, the community, art and technology and inspire people to adopt more energy saving and genuinely sustainable practices.

The series of fabulous new art installations that will feature at e-Luminate 2014 will be both spectacular and entertaining, showing technology literally ‘in a different light’.