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2008 December

28 Dec

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Creatures In Motion

December 28, 2008 | By | One Comment


Back in November I ran a workshop at FACT with artist Wibke Hott, exploring the invention of new creatures. Families dropped by and created drawings, stories, recorded histories, and explored the sounds and movements these new creatures might make. Here I’ve included the strange creature noises and movements that were developed with the images onscreen responding to their sounds and actions.

24 Dec

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Santa Klaus is coming to town

December 24, 2008 | By | No Comments

Santa Klaus

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1).

22 Dec

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"No cameras allowed into the gallery at any time"

December 22, 2008 | By | No Comments

On Saturday I took part in an event at Tate Liverpool, run by the boys from Mercy. The day was simply called ‘The Making’, and together with several illustrators and graphic artists, a band and a poet, that is just what we did. We created a space, developed a rough ethos of overlapping and feedback, and spent the day simply making stuff in that space in front of the public. For my part I worked with film-maker Stuart Lancely to created a multi-camera / multi-projector feedback machine I called ‘The Videodrome’, which was intended to give a sense of things being interconnected and constantly representing each other.

theMaking

The idea for the Videodrome came from initially being asked to ‘film’ the event, and from my unease that people seem to constantly need a record of a performance rather than just let it happen. If it is not recorded at all, did it ever actually take place? I feel in someways the recording of the performance becomes more important than the thing itself. Videodrome attempted to project the event back upon itself, making the act of recording part of the performance. This video shows a performance of ‘The Bell’ by Nathan Jones and Wave Machines. I decided not to record any performance or take any pictures of the day, but simply work with live feed, though inevitably it was photographed and filmed by others. I include Tim Brunsden‘s excellent video here in order to prove that an event did happen.

15 Dec

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Music for Sleeping

December 15, 2008 | By | No Comments

Music for Sleeping flyer

The new year will begin with an interesting and relaxing event with Tom Smith (aka Amos) who presents his Music for Sleeping project, first performed at View Two Gallery last year. As a member of the audience I was treated to a comfy space to lie down and soak up the surround experience of Tom’s soundscapes whilst meditating on the textured imagery beamed on the gallery ceiling by VJ Pistol Pete, now sadly departed. It was a truly lovely experience. This time round its at the Bluecoat, and I will be helping provide the light show with Pete’s original material as well as my own stuff, and the audience will once again get the fill in the bit inbetween. And its on a Sunday! I implore you to come.

05 Dec

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The Grand Vogue Ball

December 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

The annual Homotopia festival of queer arts and culture took place in Liverpool back in November. I was part of the Light Factory team documenting the events. The highlight of the festival was the Grand Vogue Ball in the Adelphi Hotel. I can now die a happy man, knowing I have seen everything, including an elephant fly. Here the Sugar Dandies tear up the catwalk.