An installation by Uninvited Guests and Fuel in collaboration with Lewis Gibson
Animation by Stephen Gray
A son et lumiere to accompany John Martin's three great apocalyptic paintings, The Last Judgement, The Great Day of His Wrath and The Plains of Heaven.
A recreation of lectures presented in public halls across the land, when these popular paintings toured in the late 19th Century, and with reference to contemporary apocalyptic blockbusters.
Video documentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm4d7ZiXP1k
See also Martin Myrone's curatorial walkthrough: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-john-martin-curatorial-walkthrough
The installation was part of Tate Britain's John Martin: Apocalypse exhibition, which ran from 21 September 2011 - 15 January 2012.
"The paintings "come to life" as they must have done for electrified viewers in Bradford. You see what they saw, momentarily, before the houselights go up and these paintings – so hard to look at for long – are once more inert."
Laura Cumming, The Observer, 25 September 2011
"The big canvases, and the special son et lumière presentation for the “Last Judgement” triptych, are powerful experiences..."
Robin Blake, Financial Times, 26 September 2011