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14 Nov

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Artists and Archive Film Screening – THE GREAT FLOOD – plus NOAH’S ARK

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

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)

tickets £5

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.

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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.

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30 Dec

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Composite Video

December 30, 2012 | By | No Comments


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Performance with video titlers

Composite is platform for the real-time presentation, annotation and re-combination of ideas.

The Composite Lectures format presents 3 short papers, each lasting about 5 minutes, followed by a final summary of the ideas shared in that session. Since the indivisual talks are annotated on analogue video titlers, the final summary itself becomes an overlaid remix, a video text cut-up.

The title refers in this case the yellow ‘composite’ phono cable I have used to connect the devices, from the camera, through the daisy-chained video tilters, through to the projector at the end. It is these through these cables and devices that the presentations are relayed visually, annotated, and finally summarized.

Composite 01 was devised by Sam Meech and Nathan Jones, and supported by the Cornerhouse Microcommissions scheme.

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.

28 Dec

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Wave If You're Really There #05 – trailer

December 28, 2009 | By |

Some highlights from the last ‘Wave If You’re Really There’ event.

08 Dec

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"it seems we think in tiny drops…"

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My favourite lyric above from the title track from the album from which this event takes its name, ‘Wave If You’re Really There’ has become a kind of rallying call for creatives in Liverpool under the steering of Mercy Corps and their friends the Wave Machines. Their 4 events last year took place in St Brides church and gathered some of the best folk musicians, pop groups, performances artists, installation artists and poets to create a carefully orchestrated themed evening of delights for the audience, dutifully arranged in rows of pews (well, to begin with at least).

Last weekend was the first time the experiment had been exported, and saw a large group of collaborators and familiar faces transported down to London to install the the first of two capitol-based events (themed ‘marriage’) in St Leonards Church in Shoreditch. I went down to document the show, which its fair to say, turned out fantastic. Everyone worked really hard to set it up over 2 days, lending helping hands wherever needed; creativity abounded through the artistic direction of Scott Spencer and the Mercy crew and their collaborators, and all way lit in fantastic reactive colours by lighting guru known only as Guy. The performers (Karen McLeod, John Smith, Nathan Jones, Luke Kennard, Homework, Post War Years, and of course Wave Machines) all gave their best. It really felt very special indeed. Especially when John Smith did his folk cover of ‘Not Over Yet’.

More people than can be mentioned here contributed to the event, so I’ll simply leave these photos by John O’Shea to sum up the beauty of the evening. I’ll post the videos as they go through my patented topntail process.

16 Oct

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Revolution of Form

October 16, 2009 | By |

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This Sunday I will be providing some cunningly simple AV support to the Revolution of Form event at The Bluecoat. It features several poets exploring new methods of performance poetry, alongside other artists, musicians and illustrators. It has been organised by Nathan Jones, resident poet and Mercy man, who will also be performing two pieces with the support of illustrators Chris Rodenhurst and Neil Keating. Here are some pictures of our rehearsal last week. I’ll try get some better videos of the actaul show that show the buffering capture via isadora.

13 Apr

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'The Bell' – Nathan Jones and Wave Machines

April 13, 2009 | By | No Comments

Another video that has been sitting quietly for a year. This one is a document of the first Mercy party at St Brides church, Liverpool in June 2008. Poet Nathan Jones collaborated with Wave Machines in creating this performance entitled ‘The Bell’

22 Dec

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"No cameras allowed into the gallery at any time"

December 22, 2008 | By | No Comments

On Saturday I took part in an event at Tate Liverpool, run by the boys from Mercy. The day was simply called ‘The Making’, and together with several illustrators and graphic artists, a band and a poet, that is just what we did. We created a space, developed a rough ethos of overlapping and feedback, and spent the day simply making stuff in that space in front of the public. For my part I worked with film-maker Stuart Lancely to created a multi-camera / multi-projector feedback machine I called ‘The Videodrome’, which was intended to give a sense of things being interconnected and constantly representing each other.

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The idea for the Videodrome came from initially being asked to ‘film’ the event, and from my unease that people seem to constantly need a record of a performance rather than just let it happen. If it is not recorded at all, did it ever actually take place? I feel in someways the recording of the performance becomes more important than the thing itself. Videodrome attempted to project the event back upon itself, making the act of recording part of the performance. This video shows a performance of ‘The Bell’ by Nathan Jones and Wave Machines. I decided not to record any performance or take any pictures of the day, but simply work with live feed, though inevitably it was photographed and filmed by others. I include Tim Brunsden‘s excellent video here in order to prove that an event did happen.

17 Mar

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Nathan Jones and Wave Machines – 'The Barman'

March 17, 2008 | By | No Comments

Video document from my one-shot video project, ‘The Shoot Out Project’, as performed by Mercy poet Nathan Jones and Liverpool band Wave Machines at the Bluecoat opening weekend. The single-shot aproach is something I’ve been working with for a while now, but is perhaps best shown in the work of Vincent Moon and the Take Away Shows.