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Going to the Pictures

March 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

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I’ve been working on a project with the Plaza Community Cinema, exploring the heritage of cinema within North Liverpool. My role has been to develop branding and design for the project, creating print outcomes including a map of the 21 local cinemas, and also setting up the website for showcasing the research findings of the project. It’s obviously a project that interest me greatly, as the themes overlap with that of A Small Cinema – aiming to understand the changing ecology of film exhibition.

The final website is now live, and features video interviews, editorial research, memorabilia, and a map of the 21 cinemas. It’s an interesting archive framing local heritage against a wider social history.

www.goingtothepictures.org.uk

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Portals and iPads

March 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

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I’ve been working on a new Re-Dock project, called Portal, that is looking at the way we use technology as a device to send messages and transport ourselves through time and space. In collaboration with Tenantspin, we’ve been working with a group of sheltered housing residents, arming them with iPads, exploring new uses for common tools such as Skype, wikipedia, twitter and the video camera as a message recorder.

I’ve written in detail about the iPad as a video recording device, but just to give an idea of why it’s useful to think about it again:

Simply turning the camera on transforms the iPad into a window, a portal by which the outside world can be framed, immediately placing the user in the role of author.

Having used video cameras for most of the last 10 years, it’s interesting to watch how other people engage with the screen, especially with a device like the iPad

The scale of the iPad image itself is not too far removed from the real world as viewed by our own eyes, creating an odd kind of harmony between the image and it’s surroundings. It was a remarkable scene, with 6 residents sat in a circle, all viewing each other through the iPad camera, looking slightly enchanted.

The value in immediately creating your own media is apparent, and the iPads fusion of the camera / screen make this incredibly accessible for older people.

There is something about it as a tool that is great for older people. I wish I could afford one for my dad!

The Portal project is leading to an exhibition in May, in FACT, where we will present the workshops and also 3 new commissions developed in response to the project, and tested by the residents. I am developing a new piece of work, based on the Gillfoot No. 2 piece. that aims to implement Skype as a recording device that allowing users to contribute to the video installation.