Creta : exhibition of video and animation on Dover sea front at dusk

Schools and arts award

It was so lovely to see Pebbles Kiosk used for an evening event like this, especially on a stunning Summer evening. If you have any more ideas how we can open our doors to the community out of normal hours let me know (Cllr. Sue Jones, Mayor of Dover and Director of Pebbles Community Facility cic)

Creta brings together all Ben Hunt’s work made for the Pebbles project. The final event – an exhibition of video and animation work at the Pebbles Kiosk at the Eastern Docks end of Dover’s Esplanade – took place on 13 and 15 July 2018 on a warm summers evening at dusk..

Cllr Sue Jones, Mayor of Dover, attended and addressed the audience on the first evening. She congratulated Ben and in particular welcomed him as a new resident of Dover. She thanked gelogist Mel Wrigley for her contribution, saying that the project was a good example of science and art working together, and  also thanked DAD for organising and curating the project.

Ben’s final piece explores Dover’s geological and mythological specificities and includes work specifically made for young students.

The projected video contained images of the Dover landscape. The sequence that the images are made with has a relationship with the structure of Calcium Carbonate, a key component of chalk.

Ben  showed two animation objects based on the historical Praxiniscope and  Zoetrope machines in Dover Museum. They are early 19th Century animation machines that rotate 12 images per second.  Guests at the event enjoyed spinning the 21st century versions and experiencing animation in one of its most essential forms. Ben’s zoetrope design features illustrations of a mythological figure famous in Dover; the headless drummer boy that haunts Dover Castle. The praxinoscope design is by a student and shows the vibrations with microscopic movements within chalk substances.

Ben has also designed a pamphlet for young students. The pamphlet sheet, which is available from the Pebbles Kiosk, features a template for people to design their own animations to add to the praxiniscope as well as examples of animations that can be accessed by scanning the QR codes within the pamphlet. These are hand drawn animations of student responses to the movements, forms and patterns that can be located within rock forms and rock cycles.