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!