18:1-7 THE CRYPT by JAMES CATTELL
directed by JO CATTELL
Presented in Sept 2002 @ Canterbury Cathedral (Canterbury, UK)
REVIEW (Kent Profile):
Canterbury Cathedral exhibited its first digital art installation in September when c2atelyst productions created a major project based around 18:1-7 The Crypt. Sound, digital image and vibration took over the cathedral’s crypt for the installation based on a passage from the Bible — Matthew Chapter 18, Verses 1-7.
The brainchild of James Cattell, who grew up in Canterbury and is an installation artist runnin c2atelyst with his sister Jo, the artwork was a big success, pulling in large numbers of visitors to experience the unique blend of projected image, sound and 900 year-old architecture.
Said Canon Richard Marsh, of Canterbury Cathedral: “The installation was risky, inviting comment and even criticism, but its presence also invited visitors to consider the familiar in a fresh and, maybe, disturbing way.”
A series of five lectures by leading professionals in their field was run in conjunction with the art installation. Ben Read and Canon Keith Walker opened the week with talks on art and religion’s relationship through history and Janet Street-Porter ended the event with a passionate opinion on how religious spaces should form a relationship with contemporary art in the future.
Three educational workshops with local schoolchildren were run by the arists, Jo and James Cattell to make the project a positive and refreshing week of events. Said James: “The installation was very well received by the public and everyone concerned and we had lots of requests for information about further projects.” (REX COOPER)
NEWS COVERAGE (Daily Telegraph):