WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES

Speed of Light is working closely with our partners to ensure that the event is as accessible and safe for as many people as possible to take part.

Applications are welcomed by wheelchair athletes. A route has been designed for wheelchair users to take part wearing specially designed light suits. Due to terrain and the nature of the event, wheelchair athletes will take part in small teams, accompanied by runners who will help navigate the route.

If you are interested in taking part as a wheelchair athlete, please get in touch with the Speed of Lightteam at speedoflight@nva.org.uk to discuss your requirements and how to register. You can also find further information on participating as an athlete here.…

SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY

How can you get involved?

There are a variety of ways in which your group can get involved with Speed of Light. A number of free places are available for schools and community groups to take part as runners or as walking audience members. Your group could also take up volunteer posts to experience the dynamic behind-the-scenes environment of this large-scale event.

This is an excellent chance for everyone to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Arthur’s Seat illuminated at night, and to be part of Scotland’s official artistic contribution to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games celebrations.

Details of all the opportunities as well as registration forms – to be completed and returned to us – are available to download below. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please just get in touch with the Speed of Light team.

Dates available for groups to run and walk:
• Wed 22 August 2012
• Thu 23 August 2012
• Wed 29 August 2012
• Thu 30 August 2012

Dates for volunteers:
Volunteers will be required to commit to several dates within August depending on the role undertaken. For full details please subscribe to the Speed of Light mailing list here and visit our Volunteer page here.

We look forward to hosting your group in August!

Please Note: Group spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis

Downloads:
Schools & Community Booklet (size: 1.51MB)

Walking Group Registration Form (size: 123KB).
Running Group Registration Form (size: 131KB)
Running Group Participant Registration Form (size: 180KB)

Further information on opportunities, dates and criteria for runners here.

Take part in a workshop

We’ve been working closely with Edinburgh International Science Festival to develop the technology for Speed of Light. They have created an inspirational workshop programme for primary schools across Scotland.

Power from the People, a workshop on generating green electricity, explores some of the challenges our project presents. For three weeks in August 2012, Speed of Light will transform Arthur’s Seat through a series of night-time events. By using equipment partially designed to harvest energy created by walkers and runners, the hillside will become animated with trails of people covered with light.

In this interactive workshop, your class will help us as we develop the technology needed to generate enough energy to light the landscape. Pupils will work with dynamos, gain an understanding of how they make electricity and look at ways in which we can generate green electricity.

For further information visit Edinburgh International Science Festival website

Cast yourself in this year’s most extraordinary performance!

This August Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat is the stage for a remarkable fusion of public art and sporting endeavour. The iconic mountain is brought to life in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival.

As a member of the walking audience you become part of the work, carrying portable light sources set against the dark features of the hill. A mesmerising visual display unfolds each night on your ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits take to the intricate path networks below.

Each individual performance is created by collective action, landscape and weather, offering a rare perspective on the cityscape, night skies and the sea and hills beyond.

Audience tickets are now on sale at www.eif.co.uk.We’ve also released additional running spaces too. See here for details.

NVA’s Speed of Light is one of only four national projects, commissioned as part of Legacy Trust UK’s Community Celebrations programme, which aims to build a lasting legacy from the UK’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The wider programme extends across eight of Edinburgh’s festivals throughout 2012 with a series of blogs, lectures, events and discussions investigating environmental art, human endurance and the interior experience of running.

NVA produces award-winning and dynamic events in challenging landscapes. Past works include The Storr: Unfolding Landscape on the mountains of Skye, Half Life, Argyll, The Path, Glen Lyon. Permanent spaces include the Hidden Gardens, Glasgow and the current resuscitation of St Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew woodlands, Cardross.…

THE GRIM RUNNER

NVA’s Creative Director Angus Farquhar has been a runner for 13 years. His own experiences of training for a marathon led him to question why he ran and put his thoughts onto paper for his 2009 book, The Speed of Light.

“The feeling of being up and out on your own, with only two or three people passed on the whole hill run, of the previously unknown becoming part of your extending knowledge of your surroundings, is special and makes the world a richer place.”

For the next 10 months, Angus will be writing a blog of his journey towards Speed of Light 2012: the highs; the lows; achievements and challenges. You can read it here.…

WHY WE RUN

Since the ideas for Speed of Light first emerged, we have been thinking about how we might explore the wider culture of running (and in particular endurance or longer distance) to try and answer some basic questions around why we run.

Join NVA’s Creative Director Angus Farquhar and fellow runner Hayden Lorimer on an outing to hear their thoughts in the film on the left by Annie Griffin, Pirate Productions.

We’ll be entering the world of selected runners – following them as they take to the hill in a seamless display of choreographed mass movement. Psychological and physiological portraits will be presented on the website throughout the run.

We invited a group of prominent thinkers to ponder the value of an experimental investigation of running. These include a science festival director, a professor of biochemistry, a general practice doctor, a psychotherapist, a social geographer, a psychologist and an art curator who met initially to discuss the scope of the work. The resulting conversations – and disagreements – were illuminating, teaching us that the worlds of science and art do not always easily come together! You can read a summary of that discussion here. We’ll be sharing the debate with you as we progress.

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