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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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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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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.

30 Mar

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Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd : A Small Cinema in Widnes

March 30, 2010 | By |


This Friday and Saturday, every hour from 11 till 5, Re-Dock presents:

A Small Cinema in WIDNES!

For the first time since 1983, Widnes will have it’s own movie theatre.
A family-friendly short film event in the guise of a traditional cinema experience.
A temporary picture-house installation in a small shop in Widnes town centre.

Each show lasts just over half an hour.


Kid’s Matinée – 11 and 12 o’clock

Classic cartoons and new shorts for kids. All adults must be accompanied by a child!

Eye Widnes – 2 and 3 o’clock

Archive films, new animations, familiar faces – Widnes as you’ve never seen it before.
Featuring new work by Owain Bentley and Tim Brunsden

Scrambled Eggs – 4 and 5 o’clock

An eclectic selection of bizarre short films for an Easter Saturday at the movies.

PLUS!

advertisements for local shops!
local memories of cinema!
classic trailers for films you love!
Local heroes – films by local film-makers!
Ushers to show you to your seat!
popcorn and ice-cream!
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64 Albert Road, Widnes

(just next to Barclays bank, opposite the Imperial pub)

(google map)


PRICE OF ADMISSION: 25p


www.trywidnes.com

A Re-Dock project. Thanks to Halton Borough Council for its financial support.

06 Aug

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Rotunda Cinema

August 6, 2009 | By |

On Monday we had the first ever Rotunda cinema at the Lee Jones centre in Kirkdale.  Over 40 pensioners and guests came and enjoyed the screening, developed and hosted by the young people from Rotunda college.

We had adverts for local places of interest, trailers for classic films such as ‘The Quiet Man’, the ABC minors song, a raffle, oranges and ice-cream, and of course popcorn.  Milkman Tommy himself  came along to watch his own films by local film-maker Tim Brunsden.

The price of entrance was 1p or a clean jam jar.

The cinema is installed and ready

The cinema is installed and ready

iceacream, oranges and popcorn

ice-cream, oranges and popcorn

audience enjoying the trailers

audience enjoying the trailers

the box office board

the box office board

The Small Cinema in the Community is a Re-Dock project, supported by Liverpool City Council.

22 Jul

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From Rotunda With Love

July 22, 2009 | By |

After 3 workshops with young people from Rotunda college and the ‘young’ people from the Lee Jones Centre, Re-Dock are proud to announce: A Small Cinema at the League of Welldoers!

“From Rotunda With Love” will feature several short films by local film-makers on a variety of issues, chosen by the young people for the League of Welldoers. Expect traditional cinema experiences such as local adverts, classic trailers, and people throwing orange peel.

Monday 3rd August
Box office opens 12:30pm
Presentation Starts 1:30pm

A Small Cinema - From Rotunda With Love

A Small Cinema - From Rotunda With Love

price – 1p or a jamjar

01 Jul

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Jimmy Campbell Tribute Night

July 1, 2009 | By | No Comments

I filmed this event for Easy Money Records last month and was lucky enough to meet Jimmy’s family. Hopefuly there will be more Jimmy Campbell Tribute nights in the future.

27 Jun

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Art-omation

June 27, 2009 | By | No Comments

Short trailer for an event on at View Two Gallery this Thursday, 6pm – 9pm. The audience can control the robot via pressure pads. Could get messy.

18 Jun

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Playtime with Isadora

June 18, 2009 | By | No Comments

This week I made a presentation at a conference about the use of Technology in Childrens Dance Theatre, held at FACT in Liverpool. I talked about my role as a digital designer for a childrens dance show called ‘A Different Tune‘, which is currently touring the North West, as well as giving people an insight into Isadora, a very nifty peice of software for digital design.

Isadora playtime - 50 in one

I based the presentation on three oppositions:

1. input / output
2. Values / value
3. media / idea

The first aim was to communicate how Isadora can be used to take any number of inputs (sound, movement, colour, position, midi….) and apply that to an output (size, volume, position, speed, etc ). For this I had people cheering to make the screen brighter, waving their arms to make a movie go faster and turning two volunteers into a human mixing desk by having raise and lower coloured paper infront of a camera.

Isadora Playtime - wave isadora play - chroma

This then raised the question of ‘Whats the point?’. And of course there isn’t any, unless you have an idea to communicate.

isadora playtime

 

Finally I asked three people to design an imaginary creature (like in my ‘Creatures in Motion‘  workshop). They then developed a biology and history for those creatures. And finally they created the sound of that creature. As they growled, chirped and mewed, the images of the creatures grew, but this time we had all invested a lot in their stories and ideas and so were  more deeply engaged by this relatively simple input / output.

Isadora playtime - creatures

I never generally like using technology for its own sake and find myself often having to argue for the absense of it in shows. An audience needs to engage with ideas, not technology.

A Small Cinema - idea