Flag Market 21 & 22_9_18.mp4 (372.46 MB)

Lancashire Encounters, 2018: Flag Market

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posted on 25.06.2020 by James Macpherson

This time-lapse film is part of my doctoral research into contemporary UK outdoor arts. I use time-lapse videography to document the durational relationships between space, audience and performance.


A series of films were made at Lancashire Encounters in Preston in between 21st and 23rd September 2018. The festival commissioned a full rhythmanalysis of its outdoor arts sites during the festival involving both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Multiple time-lapse cameras were used to cover 5 sites and parts of a parade, in addition the researcher conducted 'Vox-Pop' style interviews with audience members and made detailed observations.


This film focusses on the Flag Market in which the installation ‘The Actual reality Arcade’ by Mathew Harrison ran throughout the daytime and there were performances by Ludus Dance and the Lancashire Choir. Although the weather was mixed, the Flag Market was busy and there was a notable change in atmosphere from the site visit which had been made a week before. This is reflected in some of the audience interviews.


Recordings were made during the weekend and a soundscape created from them which provides the soundtrack.


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