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Gillfoot No. 2

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A database video installation drawing upon 2 accounts of a recent mine collapse in Egremont, Cumbria. Each interview is split into 100+ clips which are called randomly and played back with realtime fx rendering using isadora. The final piece will be shown as part of a group exhibition in Florence Mine, Egremont.

06 Jun

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Cinema Memory Posters

June 6, 2010 | By | No Comments

Last week at Screen Deva I ran a workshop where people could screen print their own Cinema Memory Posters. It was the first time I had run the workshop and with typical optimism I totally underestimated the time each print would take to prepare, but we had a great day nonetheless, producing over 20 different posters with kids and parents. A lot of the memories were related to the films, but some touched on other aspects such as going to the cinema with mum and dad, or it being someone’s birthday.

The poster template worked really well as a place for people to put their memories. They first had to think of an experience they wanted to share, and then boil ot down to just a few words. They would then lay it out in illustrator (with the help of Neringa) which would then be sent to the vinyl cutter. Once weeded, this vinyl provided the stencil for printing. I prepared 150 posters with the blue template the day before, and the kids would screen print their words onto the template. It was nice and hands on and at the end they had a really nice poster that looked great but was also really personal to them.

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25 May

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Ash cloud causes chaos – 'Volcano'

May 25, 2010 | By | No Comments

Here is the video for ‘Volcano‘ by Liverpool mod-rockers The Universal. A thumping rock love song with catchy riffs if I ever heard one. I filmed the band last Friday at Liverpool Sound City and am really pleased with the outcome. More pleased than usual, as this was the second attempt at filming the band.

The first attempt was a month before at FAC251 in Manchester and the sound from the desk was awful. My filming wasn’t great either to be honest. Good sound can often sometimes carry a poor music video, but a great video can do little with poor sound. It bothered me to leave it at that so I was glad to get another crack of the whip. This time the girl on the desk was great and the band sounded ¬†brilliant and I got good audio as a result ( a mix of clean desk and the camera mic). I also knew the songs inside out, which was helpful as I was approaching this as a single-take so could anticipate changes.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the band and the video. It’s fairly energetic. I tend to dance around a lot when I film bands. If I can’t get in the swing, it just aint rock n roll.

23 May

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inProcessing / outOfProcessing

May 23, 2010 | By |

Last week I was kindly invited to speak about my work with Isadora at an event in Manchester called ‘inProcessing’, run by Cybersonica (http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org). It was held at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) – a volunteer run arts space in the Northern Quarter that provides basic workshop and tech facilities to digital arts activities.
InProcessing is an event to showcase and discuss work primarily developed using the Processing language (http://processing.org) but also other kinds of interactive design. Some of the discussion that night was about how different creative disciplines tend to think (visually, inguistically, spatially etc) and how this affects their approach to programming.
From my own experience as a visual artist, I have enjoyed dabbling with coding in a very limited way (eg Flash actionscript), but it wasn;t until I started using isadora (http://www.troikatronix.com/isadora.html) – a node based programme for creating interactive video tools – that I was able to realise my ideas more fully. This is partly the fact that isadora does some of the work for you, providing self contained modules, but it is also the interface, which is more akin to plumbingumbing logic than text logic. Altogether, it provides me with a low

Last week I was kindly invited to speak about my work with Isadora at an event in Manchester called ‘inProcessing‘, run by Cybersonica (http://inprocessing.cybersonica.org). It was held at MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk) – a volunteer run arts space in the Northern Quarter that provides basic workshop and tech facilities to digital arts activities.

InProcessing is an event to showcase and discuss work primarily developed using the Processing language (http://processing.org) but also other kinds of interactive design. Some of the discussion that night was about how different creative disciplines tend to think (visually, inguistically, spatially etc) and how this affects their approach to programming.

inputOutput

From my own experience as a visual artist, I have enjoyed dabbling with coding in a very limited way (eg Flash actionscript), but it wasn’t until I started using Isadora (http://www.troikatronix.com/isadora.html) – a node based programme for creating interactive video tools – that I was able to realise my ideas more fully. This is partly the fact that isadora does some of the work for you, providing self contained modules, but it is also the interface, which is more akin to plumbing logic than text logic. Altogether, it provides me with a low enough threshold to engage with the programme and develop work.

kaleido

Lewis Sykes of Cybersonica also showed an application developed at MIT to run alongside Processing called Kaleido (http://kaleido.media.mit.edu). Kaleido allows people to create a visual layout alongside their text and use it to navigate through their code. It’s a bit like mind-mapping for coding but I think it is something which again for me might lower that threshold into engaging with Processing.

22 May

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Moves Opening Night

May 22, 2010 | By | No Comments

Photo documentation of the Moves 10 launch in April where I performed a VJ set alongside sound scientist¬†Tom Rea Smith (Amos) and TV Lux man¬†Tristan Brady-Jacobs. It’s really nice to see how it looked to the audience, especially the Tangram-making section, which I couldn’t see at all due to my wrestling with those darn puzzles. Photos by Garth of safetycatch.net

02 May

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WIYRT#06 – Baptism

May 2, 2010 | By | No Comments

At the beginning of April I went down to London again to film the next installment of Mercy‘s ‘Wave If You’re Really There’ production in St Leonard’s church. This was the 6th in the series and this event took the theme of Baptism. Cue lots of fantastic watery projections on the church ceiling and also some bizarre performances devised by Karen Mcleod. This video has a bit of behind the scenes chat with the artists involved. You can also check out a trailer for the evening here.

30 Apr

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Re-modelled – "Lines Of Bees"

April 30, 2010 | By |

Last week I presented a AV set with Tom Rea Smith as for the opening night of MOVES10 at the Bluecoat. Most of my set was created using dynamic patches in Isadora, mixing live camera and video feedback, but for this section I decided instead to plunder an old project, The Model City, for material and give myself a breather in the set. The track ‘Lines of Bees’ is presented simply with the Liverpool One section of the film.

08 Apr

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"This is Cinema! See you soon!"

April 8, 2010 | By |

The closing words of a screening seen by a tiny audience of 28 in a packed out shop-space turned movie house. Once again A Small Cinema took over my life recently, this time in Widnes. Not just my life I suppose but also the lives of a few others, namely volunteers Karl, Steve and Mena who took on the roles of cinema staff with gusto. They brought a great perosnal character that made this cinema event unique – Karl with his local connections and natural authority; Steve with his own history and experience in working in a Widnes cinema (the Empire), along with his wife Mena who, having met Steve whilst working as an usherette back in the day, brought a sense of style to the presentation. We put on 12 screenings over two days – quite a marathon.

It was a really great weekend and we showed a hell of a lot of short films to a lot of people, young and old, from Widnes. Working to find the shop-space and get in ready for the event was intense, but worth it. I felt quite sad to pack it all up afterwards. More pictures (there are some crackers) can be seen on the A Small Cinema blog, along with Tim Brunsden’s film of Steve and Mena which was made specially for the event, plus a video document of the day.

A Small Cinema in Widnes was another project developed by Re-Dock. Thanks to Halton Borough Council for its financial support.