In 2019, Waltham Forest will be the first ever London Borough of Culture, giving locals the chance to experience world-class culture on their doorstep. To mark the opening of London Borough of Culture 2019, audio visual artists Greenaway & Greenaway have been commissioned to form a unique collaboration with award-winning musician Talvin Singh to create a twelveminute spectacle that will be projected onto the Town Hall as part of the opening event, Welcome To The Forest.
Greenaway & Greenaway’s piece is part documentary, part video mapping, part music video. Titled Into the Forest, it is a transformative, site-specific and site-responsive light artwork featuring 1,000 video portraits, 10 local businesses, 12 spoken word artists and 4 dancers. Celebrating Greenaway & Greenaway’s 10th anniversary, this spectacular project has input from local business, institutions and independent artists and craft makers.
An exceptional artwork that explores the complex social issues facing the UK in 2019, Into the Forest will take people on a journey through time, through the borough and into the future. It will be a high energy, audio visual, hyperlocal piece of entertainment. Using film and animation to bring the building to life, this project tells the ‘story’ of Waltham Forest through the eyes of the people representative of the diverse communities who call it ‘home’. With expert delivery from Greenaway & Greenaway, these personal and difficult stories are presented in a creative and poetic way that is engaging and real.
Greenaway & Greenaway have explored the entirety of the Borough through Chingford Walthamstow Markets, Leyton Orient Football Club, Whipps Cross Hospital, High Roads of Leyton and Leytonstone, Baptist churches, mosques, and Hindi temples. Through this journey, they found people with whom they wish to engage, digging out information about the borough in order to give the film its voice. With their work inspired by William Morris, utopia, fellowship, multiculturalism and togetherness, the highly skilful post-production skills of Greenaway & Greenaway have pushed the boundaries of their craft, enabling them to conceptualise, design, film, edit, animate and compose original content for this site-specific installation.