Lighthouse provides fascinating exhibition

THE DE La Warr Pavilion is exhibiting recent and new works by Catherine Yass, a leading contemporary photographer and film-maker, from June 25-September 4. 

The new film commission Lighthouse is of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse situated five miles out to sea off Eastbourne.

Yass is fascinated by the structure of the lighthouse, balanced precariously on the corner of a square platform, which is in turn balanced on a single concrete post.

To the viewer, the platform appears top-heavy as though it might topple over at any moment.

Lighthouse reflects the seemingly hazardous nature of the structure as the camera slowly moves up, down and around the platform and into the sea, making it appear to be moving or falling. 

The resulting film is exciting but unnerving, giving the viewer a sense of disorientation and instability.  

The exhibition includes two other films employing similar techniques.

The gallery is open from 10am-6pm and admission is free.