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29 Aug

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Society of the Spectacles – Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories

August 29, 2017 | By |

1st September – 29th October 2017 at HOME, Manchester

I am showing new work as part of this group print show exploring the use of spectacles in cinema, which will be sited (or even ‘sighted’) on the 1st and 2nd floor exhibition spaces of Manchesters HOME cinema / theatre. This is the second show curated by Society of the Spectacles – the fun living, pun loving arts and film enthusiasts Susan platt and Rob Hamilton. The show features 24 artists from various practices ( graphic design, film-making, illustration, fine art and photography).

My own piece is called ‘Natural Vision’, and is a reference to the 3D cinema system developed for the first ever colour 3D film – Bwana Devil. The film (or more precisely, it’s audience) is also famously depicted on the cover of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle – a text which is referenced by more than one work in the show. I wont post my final piece here, but I thought I’d share some of the images from my research in the meantime.

27 Mar

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Exhibitions: Punchcard Economy

March 27, 2017 | By | No Comments

My knitted data-visualisation banner Punchcard Economy – is on show at the following exhibitions:

9th March – 9th April – part of ‘Digital Labour’ exhibition at Biennale Internationale Design St Etienne, France
*Nominated for the Prix Innovation Jeunes Designers Award*

Description:

Machine knitted cotton banner, 5m x 3m

Reinterpreting the heritage of NW textile industry, whilst documenting the current reality of the ‘work’, Punchcard Economy is a machine-knitted banner based on the ‘8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest’ slogan coined by Robert Owens of the Eight Hour Day movement. The design incorporates data collected from a range of ‘workers’ in the digital, creative and cultural industries. The final work is produced on a domestic knitting machine using a combination of digital imaging tools and traditional punchcard systems.

 

Previous Exhibitions:
February 2015 – Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life – Transmediale 15’, Berlin, Germany
January 2015 – Future Everything, Manchester, UK
November 2013 – Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life – FACT Liverpool, UK

27 Mar

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Screenings: One Square Mile

March 27, 2017 | By |

ONE SQUARE MILE – a new artist film commission by myself and Chris Paul Daniels, screens at the following events and festivals:

4th – 10th September – 2017 – screening at CHANNELS FESTIVAL, Melbourne, as part of CONDITIONAL SURPLUS programme

 

Winner of the Northern Artists’ Film Commission.
Psychogeography meets Open University in this surreal instructional video for sociologists, film-makers and of course property developers looking to “rightly read an area”. Employing a variety of film-making techniques, ONE SQUARE MILE hints at the rich diversity of urban spaces whilst demonstrating the absurdity of trying to represent them in any meaningful way.

Featuring soundtrack by Graham Massey.
One Square Mile was co-commissioned by University of Salford and Quays Culture.

Previous screenings:

April 2017 – screens as part of ‘Under Construction’ at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK
April 2017 – screens as part of ‘London Overground’ at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK

April 2017 – Synthetic Ecology, Brighton, UK
March 2017 – HOME, Manchester, UK
January 2017 – Airspace Gallery, Stoke, UK
December 2016 – Lightwaves Fest, Salford, UK

27 Mar

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Screenings – Ceci N’est Pas Un Spectacle

March 27, 2017 | By |

My knitted animation CECI N’EST PAS UN SPECTACLE is screening at the following festivals:

28th-29th April 2017 – screens at Le Mup Film Festival, Montreal, Canada

4th May 2017 – screens at Crafts Council Real to Reel Film Festival, London, UK

The film was developed as part of my Montreal Human Futures residency in 2015 with Mutek, National Film Board of Canada, quartier des Spectacles and FACT, Liverpool. It forms part of a larger body of works entitled On est tous un groupe d’amis ici” (we are all friends here).

07 Apr

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Flatpack Pics – Knitted Horse in Motion

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Some pics from last week’s knitting performance at Flatpack Festival. The premise – I knit Muybridge’s horse in motion from scratch, and animate it infront of an audience whilst listening to a soundtrack of 7 inch ‘horse’ singles. This is only the third time I’ve performed the piece, and im pleased to say it worked this time (thats 2:1 so far). Final animation below. Many thanks to Reuben from Sculpture (who were absolutely amazing performers in their later set) for handling the horse tunes.

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01 Mar

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Upcoming

March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

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

01 Mar

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Knitting RGB Disco at Whitworth – 5th March

March 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

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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14 Nov

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

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

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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18 Jun

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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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