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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

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Time & Motion – FACT, Liverpool

December 12, 2013 | By | One Comment

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The Punchcard Economy knitted banner project is in the following exhibition:

Thursday 12 December – Sunday 9 March – FACT, LIVERPOOL

more info on the FACT website

Time & Motion will be the first showing of the completed knitted 888 banner.

 

A Time & Motion Study is a scientific method – developed by Frederick Taylor and later by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth – used to analyse work procedures and determine the most efficient method of operation. This approach has been used extensively in workplaces including factories, hospitals, retail, and banks since the industrial age.

Using this as a starting point, the exhibition Time & Motion will use artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office or local entrepreneurial networking space. As our industrial economy has given way to a service and knowledge economy, producing ideas and experiences rather than artefacts, how have our patterns of day-to-day working life changed? 

 

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10 Oct

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Film Soup at Rogue Open Studios

October 10, 2013 | By | One Comment


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At the end of September I took part in the Film Soup Collective’s show as part of the Rogue Open Studios event. The Film Soup collective has been meeting for over a year, and the artists involved all explore fundamental properties of film and animation. Showing as part of this event were Dave Griffiths, Mary Stark, Joe Duffy, Chris Paul Daniels and myself.

This gave me a first chance to share my Knitted Horse in Motion prototype. I presented the animation alongside the knitted ‘reel’ and the punchcard that created it.

Mary Stark showed a 16 mm loop created from an exposure of upholsterer’s measuring tape.

Dave Griffiths created his own 35mm film stock from  splicing tape, and used a polarising filter to reveal the amazing range of colours inherent within the material.

Joe Duffy shared his stereoscopic images from his recent residency in China with Dave. The slides were exhibited on a lightbox with stereoscopic viewers.

Chris Daniels showed two video works that referenced early animation techniques –  the Zoetrope and the Thaumatrope.

 

 

12 Jul

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Noah’s Ark in Cyclovision

July 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

A few pictures of the Noah’s Ark film installation at Castlefield Gallery as part of the Spaceship Unbound exhibition. The most striking aspect of this installation is the fact it is powered by Cyclovision – an invention by Bob of the HacMan collective – utilising pedal power and a Raspberry Pi interface to create a system that asks audiences to ‘charge up’ the projector before playing the film.

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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.

08 Feb

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Document: Unearthed exhibition

February 8, 2013 | By | One Comment


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Last night was the opening of the Unearthed exhibition at Florence Mine. I went back to the gallery this morning to take some images of the space.

After 4 days of frantic installation, the exhibition looked great. We had a very busy opening night and I talked to many people who all seemed genuinely intrigued and impressed with the show. I was so proud to see the work of the artists on the project, finally complete, and looking fantastic in the space. Some very accomplished pieces, and in fact each artist had achieved a great deal in terms of their own development, whether it be learning new tools, trying a different approach to making work, or using the work to make a personal journey. I was pleased too with my own pieces – the concrete mould had worked well for Deep Repository, with the View From Here film playing from the brick itself, and the video installation about Gillfoot No2 didn’t look bad either. It’s a relief to have got to this point where we can simply enjoy what we’ve created.

 

27 Jan

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Unearthed: an Exhibition of Digital Media Excavations

January 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

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My residency at Florence Mine, Egremont comes comes to an end next week with a group exhibition alongside the Cumbrian artists I’ve been mentoring. Fingers crossed I get my works finished! Check out the fantastic flyer designed by William Daw. Press release below:

Exhibition Launch 5.30pm – 8pm Thursday 7th February

Open: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily from Friday 8th– Wednesday 13th September

Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR

“Unearthed” is an exciting exhibition of new digital artworks by Cumbrian artists. Developed as part of a residency at the mine with artist and ‘videosmith’, Sam Meech, the project is hosted by Signal Films and funded by Arts Council England to provide local artists, photographers and filmmakers new opportunities working in digital art.

The show features several impressive new moving image installations, including a time-lapse film exploring coastal erosion, a digitally painted animation of live sushi, and a hypnotic HD video installation of soil particles suspended in oil.

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Film of coastal erosion by Lynne Hallet

The residency took place from October 2012 to Feb 2013, and the participating artists were introduced to production techniques including stop-motion animation, video editing and sound recording. For the exhibition, the artists have been responding to the setting of the mine, creating works that examine the notion of ‘unearthing’, through found footage, animation, video and documentary. The artists involved in the project have also been contributing to a blog with posts on the progress of their works, which can be found at www.viewfromflorencemine.wordpress.com

Florence Mine owner Gilbert Finlayson features in a video installation about a recently collapse mine - 'Gillfoot No. 2'

Florence Mine owner Gilbert Finlayson features in a video installation about a recently collapse mine – ‘Gillfoot No. 2’

Artist in residence Sam Meech uses a wide range of media including digital projection design, analogue video hardware, and interactive media systems. His films have been shown at festivals across the UK, and he continues develop projects with artists and communities in the North West. During his residency Sam has developed new work in response to his time spent at Florence Mine and the surrounding area. As part of the exhibition, Meech is exhibiting an eerie video installation featuring remixed accounts of the recent mine shaft collapse, as well as a concrete ‘gravestone’ for encasing digital media.

still from View From Here film by Sam Meech

still from View From Here film by Sam Meech

Nicola Fitzsimmons, The View From Here Project Manager at Signal Films said:

‘We are really excited about the exhibition and looking forward to promoting this group of talented local artists. Everyone is welcome to join us at the opening. We hope lots of people will come over and see the exhibition during the week that the show is up if they can’t make it for the opening night.

There aren’t many opportunities for Cumbrian based artists to have the support and the opportunity to showcase their work. Working alongside an artist in residence has provided a new source of inspiration to cumbrian artists and as a result some really engaging and thought provoking, stimulating work has been created that encourages you to see the familiar in different ways.’

The project has been funded by: Arts Council England, Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, The Hadfield Charitable Trust and the European Social Fund.

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The End of the World…is over

August 11, 2009 | By |

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Red Wire Gallery’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ exhibition finished at the weekend. There were some great works in their including a 4 screen installation of an old lady 4, 3, 2, and 1 days before her death, and these crows pecking at baby birds. ‘A Long Journey’, a video piece I developed for Amos‘ music performance The Winter Will Not Last Forever in collaboration with Pete Bamford, was also part of the exhibition. The video is essentially a glowing red  pulse that grows and wanes, whilst crackle swirls around like a snow storm, feeding back on itself, whilst a voice over recounts their personal reflection on battling bereavement and drug addiction and the possibility of hope. The crows provided an audience.