In Ecstasy is a multi-screen film by Gareth Hudson that explores moments of transcendence in modern life.
Using two large scale projections, the looping video installation positions the viewer between slow motion footage of heavy metal concert-goers and an abstracted soundscape of classical chorus and percussion. This collision of passions is an enquiry into spaces that shape culture and identities. The hypnotic imagery of strangers lost in revelry reveals a portrait of humanity that can be appreciated through multiple spectrums of spirituality; from music – its history, subcultures and socio-political effects – to art and religion.
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In Ecstasy was created by Gareth Hudson in 2013. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Gareth Hudson is a Newcastle based visual artist and doctoral student. His work explores human spirituality in all of its manifestations, bringing together expansive points of reference from concepts of progress embodied in social, philosophical and scientific developments to the potential of engagement with worlds seen, unseen, and imagined. His work has been exhibited internationally, including presentations at Hors Pistes (Rosario), Argentina, Cairo Video Festival, Egypt, Aiva International Festival, Sweden, Vkunst Frankfurt, Germany, and Scam Paris, France, all 2016; Ozon International Video Art Festival, Poland, Hatton Gallery, UK, and Athens Video Art Festival, Greece, all 2015. Hudson was awarded Visual Artist of the Year at the Journal Culture Awards 2016.
Globe Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Videoformes, Clermont Ferrand, France
The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, UK
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Background image: Gareth Hudson, In Ecstasy, 2013 (still)