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Michael, Sophie

The Watershow Extravaganza

Sophie Michael’s films explore ideas around abstraction, nostalgia and Britishness. The Watershow Extravaganza (2016) records the eponymous water-music-light attraction, which has been in operation at Watermouth Castle theme park in North Devon since the early 1980s. Installed in a child-sized theatre, the performance synchronises a 1920’s Mighty Mortier Organ with a water tray exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Filmed just before its laborious annual service, both the organ’s paper roll music and tired water jets fail to hit the top notes and positions.

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