Watershow Extravaganza, The

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

'The Watershow Extravaganza records the eponymous attraction at Watermouth Castle in North Devon, built for the 1951 Festival of Britain before being installed in the theme park in the 1980s. The show choreographs water and coloured light to music played by a 1920's mechanical organ. Using in-camera editing techniques in her film, Michael re-weaves together the elements of the performance by superimposing imagery. Creating a secondary layer of synaesthesia between light and sound, she evokes early 20th century experiments with colour organs. Set in a child-sized, deserted theatre embellished with plastic flowers and union jacks, the weary water jets are conducted by the out of tune organ. Michael continuously explores the paradoxes of our contemporary responses to the past, and how vanished eras can be at once fascinating, outdated and slippery.'
- Elsa Coustou, Assistant Curator Tate Britain, July 2016

'A warbling 1920s Mighty Mortier organ accompanies the expiring vestiges of choreographed neon light and fountains in Sophie Michael's trippy The Watershow Extravaganza, which records the eponymous, near-derelict attraction at Watermouth Castle theme park in Devon - a spectacle eerily devoid of spectators and on the verge of exhaustion and hysteria./
- Andréa Picard, TIFF Programmer, September 2016

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16mm film $55.00  

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