esther ainsworth | e_s_t




| parallel relay |






exhibitions and performance dates:

1st - 4th november 2012

28th feb - 3rd march 2013

26th - 29th september 2013

28th - 1st december 2013

bow church, 230 bow road, london e3 3ah

underground: bow road tube station, 5 minute walk
dlr: bow church dlr station, 2 minutes walk

full information about this project can be found at our website:






parallel relay is a collaborative project by sound artist esther ainsworth and light artist kirsty dixon, utilising and elaborating on the tumultuous history of bow church and the uniqueness of its location, isolated in the centre of a main road.  

the artists are working on a twelve month residency at the church exploring the conflict between the overwhelming noise and stress of the road and the serenity and contemplative atmosphere found within the church.

parallels are drawn between the omnipotence of current technology and of religion in past centuries.

light and sound sourced from the location are subtly manipulated and relayed back within the building to create a series of events which interpret and transform the space and how it is experienced.






esther ainsworth - work statement for performance

1st - 4th november 2012


this site-specific sound work considers the placement of bow church, which stands on an island surrounded by a never ceasing flow of traffic.  alienated by its location, the church is both a landmark to some and unnoticed by others in the speed of daily commuting.

for this four-day installation, live sound is relayed from both sides of the church, focusing on the movement of the busy main road.  speakers placed inside the church cast sound into the interior, resulting in an environment that is shaped by the acoustics of the church and the fluctuating patterns of the outside world.

this evolving, immersive work became the starting point for a series of performances and improvisations responding to the patterns of the traffic, using the the church organ.

it is hoped that this project will literally give the church a voice through sound, creating a virtual bridge between the church and its community encouraging new visitors and audiences.




kirsty dixon - work statement


kirsty dixon explores the transformative effect of light, shadow and darkness, utilising the way these elements can be used to both affect and reflect upon a location, revealing its specific qualities, its past and its secrets.

light from the busy road surrounding the church will be captured, altered and relayed inside the building. the intensity of the surrounding traffic will be transformed into rhythmic sequences, creating tranquil and mesmerizing patterns of glowing colour and light.

the abstraction and simplification of real time footage will allow the viewer to associate their own thoughts and experiences with the imagery, replicating the contemplative and reflective atmosphere found in a place of worship. 

elements of the building lost through time and damage will be recreated as echoes of the past, in the form of ‘light shadows’. sequencing and statistics from the road will be reinterpreted and incorporated into the church as light installations. the main clear-glass window of the church will be turned into a live stained-glass window visible from outside the church grounds; both the imagery and the visibility linking the church with the community beyond it’s borders.




| projects and works to date....


| warrington voices |

| balfron listening |

| air traffic |

| bridge links |

| bridge soundings |

| parallel relay |

| short films - france 2011 |

| forest fire |

| respire in e, d and f |

| radio-active |

| evening call |

| in bloom |

| drive-in sound |

| downstairs |

| crack project |

| spring clean 08 |

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| text opera |

| textual intercourse |

| chatroom drama |

| unsound night |

| relax |

| tiles |

| behind closed doors |

| tubular bells remix |

| tap |

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