Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Collaboration and Illumination; the Illuminarium Is Now Open to All Who like a Flutter. DAVID WHETSTONE Took a Look Inside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Collaboration and Illumination; the Illuminarium Is Now Open to All Who like a Flutter. DAVID WHETSTONE Took a Look Inside

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EVERY now and again, some thing comes along which is so unique and special that it doesn't fit any known genre.

A good example is The Illumi narium, which we previewed last week without having seen it because it was still being assembled by its cre ators, Chloe Rodham and Tim Lozin ski, at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham.

Even the name didn't tell us a great deal. As Tom said at the weekend, before it officially opened to the pub lic, if you Google the word "Illumi narium" what comes up are referenc es to the showing at Hexham. Its uniqueness would even seem to extend to its name - yet the name works, suggesting something lumi nous and enlightening and a bit spe cial.

The Illuminarium invites us to enter the world of moths, or a world of moths imagined by Chloe. Described by the Queen's Hall as "Alice in Won derlandesque", it is indeed quite magical.

"I do actually love moths," says Chloe.

"She loves them more than butter flies," adds Tim. "And they're like canaries in a coalmine, a bit of a barometer. If they are suffering we know something is going on with the planet."

The Illuminarium is a series of per golas (those garden features you can sit beneath to escape from sun or rain) in which you can see the life cycle of the moth.

Chrysalises, caterpillars and beau tiful moths are illuminated in the gloom, and projected on to the under side of one of the pergolas is footage of these very moths in action, flitting and dancing around a light.

The moths on show were all hand made by Chloe in a painstaking labour of love.

Not only that, but the flitting film was made in the oldfashioned stop motion style which is Chloe's forte, but which takes a very great deal of time.

"I do a lot of modelmaking in my work, but also specialise in anima tion," says Chloe. "This was a good opportunity to create something that would combine both things."

The pair both work independently in their own businesses. Tim, respon sible for the sound in The Illumi narium, specialises in 3D art, anima tion and games development, while Chloe enjoys bringing the aforemen tioned timehonoured skills into the realm of modern digital processes. …

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