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Knitted Digital Football Scarf @ National Football Museum – 17th Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Bringing the knitting to the National Football Museum on 17th February – come along and add your designs to the über scarf. blurb below.

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This February Half Term, the National Football Museum are running a series of fantastic, hands-on art activities for young visitors, as part of our ‘Out Of Play’ programme or art, technology and learning.

This Monday, join artist Sam Meech and knitting blackbelt Iris Cooper with their remarkable digital knitting project.

Experiment with pixel art, get hands on with machine knitting, and help us to create a super-long knitted football scarf for the museum.

From a process of drawing to pixel design, before getting hands on with a hacked electronic knitting machine . You’ll be able to take home your pixel artwork design as well as seeing it translated into knitting as part of the final scarf!

02 Feb

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KNITRONICA at the Whitworth Pubcrawl – 23rd Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

An interesting event coming up – a live experiment in a Manchester music venue working with knitting and sound. In truth I’ve not ironed out the finer details of how exactly this will work, but I have faith we should be able to generate some interesting forms, both sonic and textile. I’m delighted as well to be joined by designer Marie Young who is looking at parallels between knitting and the Tenori-on. The event is part of the Whitworth Art Gallery Pub Crawl – a series of arts events in unusual spaces across manchester. The programme launches tonight.

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Sunday 23rd Feb at Big Hands Manchester , 1pm – 7pm

KNITRONICA

A textiles experiment working with live music, sampled sound and knitting machines. A unique ‘band’ comprised of Tenori-on, a macbook, a hacked Brother 950i knitting machine, and possibly a couple of other music making devices, producing cross-over sounds and stitches. Exploring the parallels between punchcards and musical structures, electronic sequencing and the knitted digital image.

 

A collaboration by:

Sam Meech
Marie Young
Iris Cooper

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Screening – Film Material Soup #09 – 15th Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

Film-maker and friend Chris Daniels is currently doing a residency at the Newbridge Project in Newcastle. As part of this, he will be showing a selection of films by the Film Material Soup collective. My film Noah’s Ark (TBC) will be part of the programme. Once again, I’m in some fine company.

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Film Material Soup #9
‏The Newbridge Project,  12 New Bridge St West,  Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW.
‏17:00 – 19:30 on Saturday 15th February

‏Join us for a free screening of recent works by members of Film Material Soup – an informal collective of Artists working with experimental film, photography, light and video based in Manchester.

Screening as part of Chris Paul Daniels’ residency at the NewBridge Project as part of the Connect/Exchange programme supported by Northern Film + Media this screening has been programmed by Daniels in relation to works that link thematically to his research into ideas of presence, location and identity.

‏Screenings of work on film and video by:
‏Jenny Baines
‏Kelvin Brown
‏Joanna Byrne
‏Annie Carpenter
‏Chris Paul Daniels
‏Joe Duffy
‏Dave Griffiths
‏Ben Gwilliam
‏Jenny Holt
‏Nick Jordan
‏Dave Lynch
‏Sam Meech
‏Mary Stark
‏OKO

08 Jan

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Knitted Horse Firework

January 8, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Knitted Horse Firework

A knitted animation loop, created for the Crystallize show in  November 2013.  Eadward Muubridge’s Horse in Motion is codec-wrecked with firework.

28 stitches x 4878 rows

(272 frames, 11 seconds duration, 13 metres length).

Developed as part of the Knitting Digital research project.

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Time & Motion – FACT, Liverpool

December 12, 2013 | By | One Comment

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The Punchcard Economy knitted banner project is in the following exhibition:

Thursday 12 December – Sunday 9 March – FACT, LIVERPOOL

more info on the FACT website

Time & Motion will be the first showing of the completed knitted 888 banner.

 

A Time & Motion Study is a scientific method – developed by Frederick Taylor and later by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth – used to analyse work procedures and determine the most efficient method of operation. This approach has been used extensively in workplaces including factories, hospitals, retail, and banks since the industrial age.

Using this as a starting point, the exhibition Time & Motion will use artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office or local entrepreneurial networking space. As our industrial economy has given way to a service and knowledge economy, producing ideas and experiences rather than artefacts, how have our patterns of day-to-day working life changed? 

 

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24 Nov

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Film Material Soup #8 – 30th Nov, 7pm

November 24, 2013 | By | One Comment

Next Saturday I will be doing a ‘knitting performance’ at the FILM MATERIAL SOUP event at Rogue Studios – a chance once again to share my work with knitting machines.

The event showcases work by artists using sound, moving image and lasers. It’s fair to say i’m in some good company (see the list on the flyer below). I’ll be creating the Knitted Horse in Motion from scratch, using the punchcard loop, praying the no yarn snags or dropped stitches befall me. The iconic horse will also be making an appearance as part of David Lynch‘s work with lasers and mobile projection.

Saturday 30th November, 7pm prompt
Rogue Studios project space
67 – 72 Chapeltown St, Manchester
M1 2WH

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Crystallize – KBEE 4-6 November

November 4, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

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I’ll be showing work in development from both the Knitting Digital and Punchcard Economy projects at the Korean Brand and Entertainment Expo in London. I’ll have my knitting machines there and showcasing some knitted animations and date visualisations. Other UK artists exhibiting include Dave Lynch, David Ogle, Gina Czarnecki, and Daniel Rourke and Kyoung Kim of  GLTICH KARAOKE. Oh yeah, and PSY is upstairs at the main event as a hologram.

read a press release here.

 

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Old Billingsgate

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Virgin40 exhibition projections

October 27, 2013 | By | One Comment


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Recently I’ve been working with my good friend and fellow Film Soup-er Chris Paul Daniels on some new projection works for the Virgin Record 40 exhibition, using media from the Virgin archives. Chris developed a 45 minute film presented as a large triptych, juxtaposing different eras and styles from across the archives, along with a cut-up soundtrack by Kelvin Brown. I created three dynamic mapping installations within the tiled alcoves nearby, and a separate piece using lyrics from 10 diverse songs to form a generative cut-up poem. As usual, bth of my works were created in Isadora. The tile mapping piece being a development of the Interlace installation from last October, but extremely scaled up.

final note – always, always use a remote login service like logmein incase something needs tweaking post-install, which it invariably will.

A brief outline on my contributions below:

 

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Imitate /  interchange / interlace – 2013
database video mapping installation by Sam Meech
Video using Archive footage courtesy of Virgin Records and the British Broadcasting Corporation

Again, these pieces use a structure and a set of content and then allow chance to create the final evolving composition.  I really liked the tiled alcoves in the space and wanted to create a projection that felt like it was made for the space, so the 3 pieces are all carefully mapped to the tiles. The images change as individual tiles are masked, sometimes obscuring the videos, so you sometimes have to work to decipher what it is you’re looking at, but there are some nice clips in there, from live performances to some extremely expressive and colourful experimental music videos. The installations were created using an interactive video tool called Isadora which allows you to treat the media as a database rather than a timeline. It creates a dynamic visual collage – its great to see what it throws up.

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Don’t dictate, Dictate to me – 2013
I was interested in foregrounding lyrics and playing with the form of the song – text is something that might not come across so directly in a visual-heavy show, but contains much of the attitude behind the artists and the catalogue. This piece simply selects lines at random from 10 diverse songs / artists (from Janet Jackson and Phil Collins to Peter Tosh and Penetration), to create an evolving 8 line verse. Beyond the songs and the 8 line structure there is no authorship from me, with chance dictating the outcome, leaving room for repetition, nonsense and the occasional powerful (or surreal) image. The favourite couplet that I’ve seen is “Lots of naked germans / Temptation” (mixing Faust / Heaven 17).

 

The list of lyrics within the database:

 

Penetration – Dont Dictate
OMD – Enola Gay
Faust – Giggy Smile
Phil Collins  – In  the air tonight
Emily Sande – Read all about it
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Heaven 17 – Temptation
Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
Bastille – The things we left in the fire
Peter Tosh – Legalize It

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Film Soup at Rogue Open Studios

October 10, 2013 | By | One Comment


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At the end of September I took part in the Film Soup Collective’s show as part of the Rogue Open Studios event. The Film Soup collective has been meeting for over a year, and the artists involved all explore fundamental properties of film and animation. Showing as part of this event were Dave Griffiths, Mary Stark, Joe Duffy, Chris Paul Daniels and myself.

This gave me a first chance to share my Knitted Horse in Motion prototype. I presented the animation alongside the knitted ‘reel’ and the punchcard that created it.

Mary Stark showed a 16 mm loop created from an exposure of upholsterer’s measuring tape.

Dave Griffiths created his own 35mm film stock from  splicing tape, and used a polarising filter to reveal the amazing range of colours inherent within the material.

Joe Duffy shared his stereoscopic images from his recent residency in China with Dave. The slides were exhibited on a lightbox with stereoscopic viewers.

Chris Daniels showed two video works that referenced early animation techniques –  the Zoetrope and the Thaumatrope.