Furious Folly premiered in April 2015 in the Town of Poperinge, Belgium, to mark the first use of gas in the First World War and toured the UK as part of 14-18 NOW’s 2016 season.
Watch the film interview where Mark Anderson talks about the starting point for Furious Folly, and the influences and stories that helped shape the piece into the sound performance installation that it became.
About the artist
Mark Anderson has been described as an audio-visual alchemist. His work combines sound, light, kinetics, fire and pyrotechnic elements, which often involves creating specially designed ‘musical’ apparatus to create mesmerising installations and performances for site-specific outdoor events.
He is the lead artist of the show Power Plant which attracted sell out audiences in Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Sydney and New Zealand International Festivals. He also created For The Birds at the Wellington Festival in New Zealand, where audiences were charmed and hypnotised by his subtle and dynamic works relating to all things avian.
Mark Anderson frequently collaborates with other artists and groups, over the last 20 years working extensively with the artists of the Bow Gamelan Ensemble (Anne Bean, Paul Burwell and Richard Wilson), plus many other groups and individuals.
He established Dark Spark in Wales with his partner Helen Ingham, where he lives and works, where from a studio in the centre of a small village he kindles the curiosity of the locals with strange sounds, flashes of light, and the occasional burst of fire and smoke.