‘The Hail Glow’ was a multimedia exhibition by Jamie Mills and Jim Carter concerning relationships between societies perceived outsider and the wild inhabitants and habitats of the Penwith moorland area of Cornwall.
Central to the show’s premise was the publication of a short story by Jim Carter and an audio recording featuring a suite of compositions by Jamie Mills, rendered through acoustic instrumentation, field recordings and processing. The story carries with it a quality akin to that of a traditional fairy tale, complete with the beauty and savagery of the animal kingdom, whilst the music interprets these themes whilst referencing journeys and cycles, loss and redemption...
The exhibition included sculptures from Carter, formed using organic material and animal remnants found in the landscape, alongside a series of monochrome photographs by Mills, which allude to, and reflect, contemporary ritualistic practice within the Neolithic landscape, exploring broader themes and elements within the narrative. The Hail Glow was a multidimensional experience bringing together interconnected grief and transcendence, the real and the visionary.
Featuring Harriet Bell, Tessa Farmer, Dr Martin Shaw, Jim Carter and Jamie Mills, and opening, appropriately and poetically, the day after the longest day (Summer Solstice), the show presented a selection of unique, multimedia, solo projects, weaving the prosaic with the romantic, elemental, wild and visionary, under the overarching title of ‘Animism’.
‘Animism’ provided an exciting access point for esoteric and sacred stories, suggesting that the archaic, visionary or mythic may yet have an important role to play in these most turbulent and often disconnected times. In far reaching West Cornwall, where ancient stories of man, land and sea emanate, ‘Animism’ created a valued space for reverie and deep reflective thought.