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