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Upcoming

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Upcoming Events / Exhibitions / Screenings

05 March 2015, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Knitting RGB Disco installation
29 Jan 2015 — 06 April 2015, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
Punchcard Economy banner installation

 

Past Events and Screenings
28-31 January 2015 – Transmediale, Berlin
Panel talk – Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
11th December 2014 – Manchester Museum
Noah’s Ark / The Great Flood – screening
14th – 18th November – Staro Riga, Latvia
Video Culture 1.1 installation
more details here
8th November 2014 – Chester Lane Library, St Helens
Libraries in Motion  / Tales & Trails premiere
 
2nd October 2014 – Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
LUX associates and Film Material Soup screening
details tbc
16th – 19th October 2014 – Kinetica Art Fair, London
8 Hours Labour – Rates for the Job
details tbc
19th – 21st September 2014 – Rogue Studios, Manchester
Film Material Soup – B-sides & rarities – 1st floor
details tbc
18th September 2014 – Federation House, Manchester
10 x 10
details tbc
13th September 2014 – Manchester
SUPERBYTE FESTIVAL – 8 bit knitting workshop
21st June – 30th July 2014  – Lighthouse, Brighton
EXHIBITION – DATA AS CULTURE feat. Punchcard Economy
28th June 2014  – Lighthouse, Brighton
Workshop – machine knitting working hours
from 12th June
SCREENING FILM website
now live @ www.screeningfilm.com
15 / 16 April – National Football Museum
Knitted Football Scarf workshop
more info to follow
27th March – 1st April  – Future Everything, Manchester
EXHIBITION – DATA AS CULTURE feat. Punchcard Economy
 
24th March 2014 onwards – Open Data Institute, London
EXHIBITION – DATA AS CULTURE feat. 8 Hours Labour

12th Dec 2013 to 9 March 2014 – FACT, Liverpool
EXHIBITION – PUNCHCARD ECONOMY
TIME & MOTION
more info

23rd Feb 2014 – Big Hands, Manchester
KNITRONICA
(part of the Whitworth Pub Crawl)
performance / workshop – more info

17th Feb 2014 – National Football Museum, Manchester
KNITTED DIGITAL FOOTBALL SCARF
workshop – more info

15th Feb 2014 – Newbridge Project, Newcastle
FILM MATERIAL SOUP #09
screening – more info

Thursday 5th December – 4pm – Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool
TALK – CREATIVE PROCESS
more info

Saturday 30th November – Rogue Studios Project Space
SCREENING /  PERFORMANCE – CINEMA PARADISO 264 / KNITTED HORSE IN MOTION
FILM MATERIAL SOUP
more info

Friday 22nd November – 7:30pm, Blankspace, Manchester
SCREENING – THE MODEL CITY at VIDEOJAM
more info

Saturday 16th November, 2pm – Grace Room, Hope University
PANEL TALK – BRAVE NEW FILMS, BRAVE NEW WORLDS
Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival
more info

Friday 15th November, 6:30pm – Cornerhouse, Manchester
SCREENING – ‘PUBLIC IMAGES’
a film by Chris Paul Daniels made for the Virgin40 exhibition
more info

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Knitting RGB Disco at Whitworth – 5th March

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6pm – 8pm, Thursday 5th March, Whitworth Art g/allery, Manchester

I will be showing a new machine knitting installation as part of Thursday lates. Come along and help me programme lights and sound using the punchcard mechanism.

more info here

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in progress – Liverpool Small Cinema

March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

I’m currently creating a new Small Cinema in Liverpool. read more about it here.

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Exhibition: Punchcard Economy at HKW

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The Punchcard Economy project and banner is part of the Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. The show was launched as the guest exhibition as part of Transmediale 2015, where I also was able to do a machine knitting workshop exploring some the methods and concepts behind the banner. The show also features work by Tuur Van Balen & Revital Cohen, Ellie Harrison, Tehching Hsieh and Oliver Walker.

The exhibition runs from 29 Jan – 6 April 2015

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Artists and Archive Film Screening – THE GREAT FLOOD – plus NOAH’S ARK

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Thursday 11th December 7pm – 9pm
in the Living World Gallery at Manchester Museum

Artists and Archive Film Screening
featuring
THE GREAT FLOOD
and
NOAH’S ARK
with live poetic narration from Nathan Jones (Mercy)

tickets £5

Manchester Museum in association with Bigger Picture Film Festival present a programme of artist films using archive footage and live performance.

THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013, 78 minutes)

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer / guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

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NOAH’S ARK (Sam Meech, 2010, 23 mins)

Commissioned as part of a residency at the North West Film Archive for AND Festival, Noah’s Ark uses only films from the archive collection to retell this classic tale of preservation. The film relocates the story to the North West – with Noah and his congregation based in a church in Hulme, the animals in Belle Vue Zoo, and Mount Ararat now a seaside town near Blackpool. The film will be presented in the Living Worlds gallery (which also features in the piece) with a live performance from poet Nathan Jones of Mercy.

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Video Culture 1.1 @ Staro Riga Festival of Light 14 – 18 Nov

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

vid culture install testVideo Culture 1.1 installation at Staro Riga Festival of Light. A projection-mapped video installation developed using generative feedback systems, lasers and isadora and masks modelled on the Art Academy Lativa.

This is the first proper manifestation of an idea that’s been rattling around me head for 4/5 years, and that I began to prototype recently at Digital Media Labs in Barrow.

Video Culture 1.1 presents recordings of several experiments using live systems to ‘grow’ video feedback. Using a combination of lasers and colour tracking systems, the artist has cultivated 3 independent but competing strands of analogue video feedback, allowing them to evolve before our eyes. These feedback experiments have been modelled on the geometry of the facade of the Art Academy of Latvia, with the final recordings projected back on to the building itself.

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Data As Culture + Workshop at Lighthouse Brighton

June 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

The Punchcard Economy project will be touring with the Data As Culture exhibition to Lighthouse in Brighton.

http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/data-as-culture

The show opens on 21st June and runs till 2oth July.

As with the ODI show, the venue is again too small to showacse the full banner, however, an ‘8 Hours Labour‘ sample banner containing the same dataset has been knitted especially for the Brighton venue.

I will be running  a machine knitting workshop as part of the show, on Saturday 28th June – if you’re based in Brighton and would like to knit your working week and a punchcard pattern repeat, then visit the Lighthouse site to sign up.

see some images of the workshop at Future Everything

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Screening Film site

June 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

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www.screeningfilm.com is finally live.

Screening Film is a free tool for audiences and exhibitors to find and promote film events. For more info follow us at @screeningfilm

Screening Film is a project by Sam Meech (Re-Dock) in collaboration with Interconnect IT. Screening Film ver 1.1 has been made possible thanks to the support of the LJMU Enterprise team ‘DO IT award’.

 

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ABOUT THE SITE

The site aims to provide audiences with an overview of the diverse film-making and screening culture that exists in their area, and give profile and promotion to all forms of independent film-exhibition, from grass roots events to established cinemas. Screening Film is democratic platform for promoters, organisations and venues – networking independent film screening culture in the UK and making the ecology visible for all.

If you are an independent exhibitor, you can post your film events (simply register an account) and put your screening on the map. Exhibitors include established independent cinemas, film clubs and co-ops, alternative screening events, festivals, libraries, universities, artist spaces and more.

www.screeningfilm.com

The Screening Film project has evolved from my interest in cinema ecology and models of film exhibition. Whereas in the past I have tried to create screening spaces through the Small Cinema project, with the Screening Film website I am attempting to provide a tool for mapping the film culture that already exists in communities across the UK.

 

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Noah’s Ark lands online

April 9, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

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My film Noah’s Ark is finally online. It’s taken 3 years, but you can now see the film, kindly hosted by North West Film Archive, and shared both on this site, and on the project website. The film was made as part of a residency at NWFA in 2010 set up by Abandon Normal Devices, and features the contributions of Nathan Jones (text) and Carl Brown (music)

Why has it taken so long?

The film is made up of over 70 separate sources which each had to be cleared for use. All were cleared completely fine, apart from one clip (90 seconds) of the Manchester Museum, the rights of which were held by Granada, who had conditions on its use. This section appears before the main film. but it is one of my favourite parts. It features a poem about the Dodo by TS Elliot, as well as shots of the animal exhibits in the museum, and a Museum staff member who provides a cautionary tale about preservation.

I managed to negotiate an exhibition license for screening the clip, at a cost of £350. Sadly the cost of extending that license to dvd and web was prohibitive (£1400). Because of this I have not been able since to share the film as a whole online. Prompted by the release of Aronofsky’s blockbuster version,  I’ve finally bit the bullet and edited Noah’s Ark – cutting that fantastic prologue out of the film in order to share the work. It’s a sad thing, but necessary. When a knot can’t be untied you must cut it off. Hopefully it doesnt impact too much on the enjoyment of the film – the images, text and sound are all extremely rich, and of course, you already know the story.

If there is one overriding message from my film, it is that often in order to preserve something we are forced to make choices about what must be lost. It is difficult, but hopefully those choices force us to reassess what is important, and those things we save will form the foundations of our future stories.

Hopefully the full version, reinstated with dodos, will be screened again properly at a later date (please contact me if you would be interested to do so!).