I met the beacon at Dale Fort on the Pembrokeshire coast. It perched on an outcrop of land, looking out across the Milford Haven Waterway. Signs there warn you of the dangers of leaving the safety of the wall for the potentially crumbling land the beacon stands upon.
And I thought what it would be like to be this beacon.
No one touches you.
Unless you break.
Every night you must flash your lights out to sea, into the darkness.
Warning everyone to stay away.
Forced to create and exhibit your own loneliness.
And I wondered how I could communicate with you. If we could be close. If I could learn something of your life and you of mine. If we could somehow touch.
I recently moved into a new flat and the whole place needed painting. As I bought a paint roller I was excited about what it could do for me. And I thought how often rollers must be bought with optimism and excitement – with an expectation that they would somehow transform the purchasers life, or at least their environment. And I thought too as I pushed yet more white paint up the ten foot walls of my flat how quickly they lose their shine, becoming tiresome, repetitive and painful even before the first coat is on.
And I wondered what it would be like to be perpetually disappointing. To be a powerful agent of change, yet with no control over which surfaces are exposed to your touch or masked off from you.
And I wanted to do something for it.
Heloise Godfrey-Talbot is an audio-visual artist who often works with people and communities as her main medium. She has exhibited her work within the UK and internationally.
‘I am particularly interested in the body as a focal point for narratives, in observing human behaviours and interactions in the less investigated parts of life. The video getting to know you is part of a larger body of research called The Joy Orchestra. I am investigating the multiple ways that we communicate with each other and the world around us and exploring new ways of dialoguing. As part of this research I am currently exploring the potential musicality of non-verbal communication amongst musicians and individuals with Autism.’