Duncan Whitley

Writing of Stones

St Georges CCT
Reforne, Wide St

Writing of Stones is a site-specific audio work by Duncan Whitley, created for St. George's Church on Reforne. The artist's haunting installation resonates within the fabric of the church - built in the mid-eighteenth century of Portland stone - occupying its pews, galleries and nave with the ethereal and elusive medium of sound.

The installation invokes the idea of St. George's and its cemetery as a quiet witness to its environment; testament to human and ecological narratives. Informed by obscure tales from Portland history and folklore, its three 'chapters' (The Storm, The Working of Stone, and The Hymn) take us on an abstract journey woven through sound, architecture and memory.

‘We were really moved by all 3 recordings and didn’t want to leave. Such an evocative sense of the history of the island and the church’s part in it. The sound was amazing.’ Visitor

‘First time visiting the church, even though I’m a local, we found it very atmospheric, such a beautiful church that deserves more than one visit’ Visitor


Writing of Stones is generously sponsored by Television Film Services www.tfsuk.com 






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