SWCTN End of Year CAST Residency: Perspective and Cornish Football

Photography by Becky Screeton

In October SWCTN and CAST and offered the spacious Studio 14 for a November residency. The brief sought proposals to engage communities in and around Helston through technology and was answered by a team of David Devanny, Andrew Fentham and Kitto Maddrell.

They proposed to partner with Helston Athletic FC to apply 3D camera technology to grassroots football in Cornwall. Their central idea was to create and present new arts practice by using cameras for the basis of 3D films viewable on Oculus Virtual Reality headsets. In this way the group hope to interrogate perspective in the game.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing! In light of the current controversial introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology into the highest levels of the game, the trio’s original proposal involved attaching 3D cameras to match officials at HAFC matches – an idea shut down from on high by the FA. Their biggest problem however has been the weather. Approaching the end of November, the club has played just one fixture since 23rd October.

Fortunately CAST have very kindly extended the residency right into December. An agreement was also reached with HAFC that the camera technology would be applied to one of their training sessions. The group are also working with local artists to develop work in response to local football, which will be exhibited alongside the 3D films at an open studio session.

Join the group for an open studio presentation of research into perspective in Cornish football.
New arts practice questions gesture, perspective and locality in the grassroots game. 3D camera technology viewable through Oculus headsets, alongside projection, sound art, mark-making, reportage and photography. Created and curated by SWCTN artist-researchers David Devanny, Andrew Fentham and Kitto Maddrell in collaboration with local artists.

Open Studio at CAST (Studio 14)
Sat 14th Dec: 10:00-17:00
Sun 15th Dec: 10:00-16:00
Studio 14, CAST, 3 Penrose Road, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8TP