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Deep Repository

April 24, 2013 | By | No Comments


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Deep Repository is an attempt to design a solution for a final resting place for digital media. An archive for the post-apocalyptic. The concrete module may contain master formats (eg dv tapes, hard drives) securely insulated and encased, whilst associated documents other formats are stored on a read only SD card, accessible via the waterproof usb adaptor. The work was developed as part of a residency at Florence Mine, Egremont. The title is a reference to a proposed method of storing nuclear waste at nearby Sellafield in Cumbria.

22 Apr

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Talk at Signal Films, Barrow – 25th April

April 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

This Thursday I’m going to be talking about my recent residency at Florence Mine, Egremont and showing work created by myself and the other artists for the exhibition.

The talk will be at Signal Film and Media in Barrow, from 7 – 8.30 and it’s free!

more info here:

http://www.signalfilms.co.uk/what’s-on/sam-meech-talk/

 

20 Apr

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Equipment testing – lasers, chroma, cctv, triplehead2go

April 20, 2013 | By | No Comments

This last week has been full on with testing new bits of equipment and processes for two projects – the Portal project with Re-Dock, and the Wonderous Place theatre show. Both projects open on the same day (15th May) and both are pretty tech heavy for myself and the other artists involved. For the last month I’ve been speccing tech setups for each show, trying to divvy up the equipment I currently have, and cobble together any extra peripherals needed.

In the midst of all this testing, I’ve been playing with the Vine app on my iPhone. Below you can see tech tests and demos for the Matrox TripleHead2Go (sending external display across 2 projectors), a chroma kit, a colour cctv cam, and Dave Lynch‘s laser sound device.

14 Apr

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Avoidance and Encouragement

April 14, 2013 | By | One Comment


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Lately I’ve been avoiding things…

When I’m developing new work I find often myself (unknowingly) resisting the next steps in creating the work. It’s an unconscious thing, based on fear of the unknown, but manifests itself through procrastination and re-prioritising (doing admin), avoidance of forking out for necessary expenses, or rationalisation that something ‘wont work anyway’. Recently I’ve felt it when dealing with new materials – such as my experiments with concrete – which in hindsight were so straightforward, but at the time felt alien.

It can be crippling at times. I remember struggling to start the first Small Cinema community project, to the point where I just wanted to just give the funding grant back and shout “I can’t do it!”, until my friend and fellow Re-Dock-er John O’Shea sat me down and asked “what do you want to do, and when do you need to do it?”. From that point, we set some tasks and some dates and I just tried to hit them. Having someone there to share the responsibility of thinking about it was what got me going, and not wanting to let them down got me through it.

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Haunted by the Ghost

A similar scenario occurred this week with my artwork for the Portal project. I’m designing a video installation which is a development of the database-style installation of Gillfoot No. 2, whilst incorporating Skype as a live interface, and a Peppers Ghost illusion as part of the presentation. Whilst I had researched the illusion extensively, I had not tested it enough practically and found myself avoiding doing so, until friend and projection magician Dave Lynch invited me to Leeds to have a play for an afternoon. It was Dave’s confidence and enthusiasm for the idea that encouraged me to fork out on a few materials and commit some time purely to experimentation (a rare treat these days!) to achieve the illusion. And of course, as he was a friend, I didn’t want to let him down…

So we spent an afternoon in a dark room in Leeds stacking boxes on monitors and taping bits of perspex and mylar at odd angles, and pretty soon we had results. Ghostly reflections of my pixellated face appeared on the plastic screen and I could see that this was going to work. Dave also is a keen documenter of process so thankfully we have pictures to prove we achieved something. Sketching and prototyping is such a valuable part of a creative process, but its something I avoid, for the fear of it not working. Here though, I was kicking myself for not trying it earlier. If it hadn’t been for someone, in this case Dave, pinning me down to a day to experiment, I have written it off without trying it at all.

The final piece, along with Dave’s own work with lasers,  will be presented as part of the Portal project exhibition – “Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!” at FACT from 17th May.

14 Apr

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Small Cinema in the Skinny

April 14, 2013 | By | No Comments

Listings magazine The Skinny featured A Small Cinema project in its launch issue for the new NW edition. I was very flattered to be asked, and did a skype interview with film editor Jamie Dunn. The resulting article is a really touching summary of the journey the project has been on since 2008, up to the Moston Small Cinema in 2012 (and which continues to take up much of my time now!).

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