Bedwyr Williams
15 December 2016


Screening to the film series "Screening Room", introduced by Rainer Knepperges

Bedwyr Williams:
Tyrrau Mawr, 2016, 20 min

Accompanied by high-resolution images of a city, a non-existent city similar to those that seem to rise up everywhere, Bedwyr Williams tells the story of its inhabitants and of even its smallest details. - Williams’s pleasure in forged proportions and his expertise in odd details of disasters gives the virtually impossible city in the midst of a Welsh national park a dreamlike realness. Visions and citations of widely known architecture gather round the shore of a mountain lake surrounded by myths - like primeval monsters and mega robots forming intersections of embarrassment. They are solemnly affected by the everyday-magical interplay of twilight and the illuminated night. Legend renews its promise between clouded melancholy and a sunset-silliness: He who leans against the ridges of Cadair Idris and falls asleep in the legendary seat of a giant will awake either a poet or a madman.

Bedwyr Williams (born 1974 in St. Asaph, Wales) combines installations with film projections or stand-up comedy. He studied at St. Martin School of Art in London. Williams was listed for the Film London Jarman Award and represented Wales at the Venice Biennale 2013 with his project "The Starry Messenger", a tribute to amateur astronomers inspired by wall mosaics in a dentist’s office. He was awarded the Artes Mundi 7 Prize for "Tyrrau Mawr"; a comprehensive exhibition of his work is currently on view at Barbican Centre, London. / Rainer Knepperges, born 1965 in Korschenbroich in the left Lower Rhine region, was co-founder of Filmclub 813 in Cologne and publisher of the film magazine "Gdinetmao". As a member of the "Kölner Gruppe" he made several short films. His first full-length movie was "Die Quereinsteigerinnen" (2005); he lives in Cologne.

Funding and Support

Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


Bedwyr Williams: Tyrrau Mawr, 2016
Courtesy by the artist