Ship of the Gods
Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer
Commissioned by Absolutely Cultured in partnership with Hull: Yorkshire's Maritime City, Hull City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, Humber Museums Partnership, Arts Council England. Norwegian Mapping Authority.
Ship of the Gods was inspired by the Norse myth of Skidbladnir, a magical shape-shifting vessel large enough to carry the gods and their equipment then be folded up to fit inside a pocket. Heinrich and Palmer connect this story with the landscapes of Norway and Hull's maritime history, reimagining Skidbladnir through the forms of the trawler the Arctic Corsair, the Spurn Lightship and models found within Hull Maritime Museum and Hull and East Riding Museum. Commissioned as part of Urban Legends: Northern Lights, produced by Absolutely Cultured in 2018 and projected at large scale within Hull Minster onto a theatrical voile screen, the structures of the Ship of the Gods augmented with the illuminated architecture of the Minster’s interior as the viewer could see through the screen to the spaces beyond. Ship of the Gods is a transformative journey through a series of point clouds made from 3D laser scans of a number of ships and models of ships, the interior of Hull Minster and landscapes drawn from open source data of Norwegian mountains. The point clouds have been rendered at 4K resolution to give an almost ancient feel as if sometimes passing through 3D engravings formed of light to evoke a sense of nostalgia whilst being entirely ephemeral and out of reach. Ship of the Gods also draws on the spirit of potential change as a shape shifting entity formed from contemporary imaging technologies, a medium that the artists have been developing and exploring for several years.