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23 Jul

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Creative Process #3 – POSTPONED

July 23, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Sadly this event has now been postponed till December. So it goes. Credit to Rob and Greg for explaining the reasons behind it – am looking forward to talking at the re-scheduled event!

 

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Thursday 1st August I will be speaking at CREATIVE PROCESS #3, an event organised by Creative Liverpool (Rob O’Rourke and Greg Foreman). I will be talking about creating the context to work with video, and seeing it as a distributed system, rather than simply a closed ‘film’. I’ll also be giving a first glimpse of an usual new project. Also speaking will be designers Anthony Casey and Gavin Strange, plus there is a rumour about pizza and beer. (fyi – the last time I was infront of an audience at Elevator Bar was the legendary Gltich Karaoke event, and I was singing Shaggy)

Please come down and and enjoy the event –  I promise not to waffle too much.

Creative Process #3
Elevator Bar, Liverpool
6pm Thurs 1st August
tickets £12 / £8 students

gltich-sam

 

07 May

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Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!

May 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

17th May is the public launch of a new exhibition by Re-Dock, showcasing the Advice Portal project. “Can You See Me? I Can Hear You!” shares our working methodology through video documentation and digital works created with the sheltered housing residents, alongside three new commissions created in response to the project, and developed in consultation with the residents themselves. I’ve been developing a Skype Advice Portal installation for the show, and it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited about it all!

My dad even got roped into the project, and features at the beginning of the trailer below in a homage to the new Man of Steel ‘General Zod’ viral.

The exhibition runs until 2nd June 2013.

07 May

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Wondrous Place

May 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

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I’m currently designing projections for A Wondrous Place – a new touring theatre show by director Chris Meads (Northern Spirit). The show features four new pieces, each set in a different city in the North (Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield), and the creative team are also assembled from across the four cities. The stories all avoid the ‘grim up north’ cliches, instead portraying characters who creatively and imaginatively engage with their surroundings, which means there is some nice potential for clever uses of projection.

It’s already been an interesting process, working closely with set designer Lois Maskell to establish areas and surfaces for projection, and discussing with Chris about when, of and how it should be used. As well as developing my own video content, I’ve also been receiving short pieces from animator Kate Jessop, which lends another aesthetic to the projections. Beyond that my role becomes very technical, using Isadora to map images and cue transitions. I always enjoy working on the new challenges that a theatre show brings up, and this one is no different. As well as creating new custom user actors in Isadora, I’ve also been getting to grips with projecting across two screens using the Matrox tripleHead2Go.

The show opens on Wed 15th May at the Unity theatre, before touring the other 3 cities.

Liverpool Unity Theatre
15th-18th May
Box office

Sheffield Crucible Studio Theatre
23rd May – 1st June
Box office

Newcastle Northern Stage 2
4th-6th June
Box office

Manchester Royal Exchange Studio
11th-22nd June
Box office

 

 

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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/

 

31 Dec

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Interlace

December 31, 2012 | By | No Comments


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A collaboration with OWT Creative in October gave me a chance to further explore video mapping and distribution in Isadora.

OWT deviated from their usual print-based activities to create a video-fanzine, collecting 100s of 10 second submissions responding to the theme ‘interlace‘. The videos were presented as part of an event at the Vault, Manchester on October 3rd. Alongside presenting these videos on monitors in the space, my role was to explore more dynamic ways to project the works, and from the off I was keen to utilise the tiled walls as part of the display.

I spent a lot of time creating a flexible masking system using the shape tool, and multiple layers of user actors, to  control the width, height, pitch and spacing of masks to fit the tiles. The other key aspect of the patch was creating a way to turn the tile masks on / off, manually or through a series of automated compositions, allowing multiple videos to be played through different (dynamic) tile masks. The final patch worked really well with the tiled wall, randomly sourcing videos from a database to create new compositions.

As with the modular screen system I developed for the Universe & Me theatre show, breaking a single screen down into component parts isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Multiple outputs creates complexity, especially when you want to isolate parts of the screen, or combine video sources.

I wasn’t the only person trying some new isadora tricks – student Matt Lees also developed a patch that allowed isadora to display tweets sourced live via a processing sketch, based on a given search term. Hopefully we’ll see more of this in the future, perhaps combined with the Live Writing tools.



01 Dec

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Composite: Feedback

December 1, 2012 | By | No Comments


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In October, myself and poet Nathan Jones presented the latest instalment of our collaborative experiments with live text and analogue video titlers, this time at the Cornerhouse, Manchester. Building on the Composite Video Lectures format, 3 speakers (Nathan Jones, Hannah Silva, and Steven Fowler) presented papers outlining perspectives on poetry, violence, composition and performance. Each paper was accompanied by live annotation from the analogue video titlers, creating a secondary text projected live behind the speaker.

This time we attempted to develop the role of the live video documentation, projecting the feed across three screens, each feed mediated by a combination of layered analogue video titlers, and digital text interfaces (including Mathew Lee’s isadora twitter scraper). The feed was also recorded to a database created  in isadora. for re-incorporation later. Following the 3 papers, each speaker performed a semi-improvised work in response to the collected annotations. The recorded footage was represented for the second part of the session, interrupting the living performances of the speakers, encouraging to improvise with their own material as it was re-played in random bursts.

The performances were re-documented using the isadora database, and a final ‘composite document’ – a version generated through random selection – created to mark the event.