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09 Apr

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Noah’s Ark lands online

April 9, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

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My film Noah’s Ark is finally online. It’s taken 3 years, but you can now see the film, kindly hosted by North West Film Archive, and shared both on this site, and on the project website. The film was made as part of a residency at NWFA in 2010 set up by Abandon Normal Devices, and features the contributions of Nathan Jones (text) and Carl Brown (music)

Why has it taken so long?

The film is made up of over 70 separate sources which each had to be cleared for use. All were cleared completely fine, apart from one clip (90 seconds) of the Manchester Museum, the rights of which were held by Granada, who had conditions on its use. This section appears before the main film. but it is one of my favourite parts. It features a poem about the Dodo by TS Elliot, as well as shots of the animal exhibits in the museum, and a Museum staff member who provides a cautionary tale about preservation.

I managed to negotiate an exhibition license for screening the clip, at a cost of £350. Sadly the cost of extending that license to dvd and web was prohibitive (£1400). Because of this I have not been able since to share the film as a whole online. Prompted by the release of Aronofsky’s blockbuster version,  I’ve finally bit the bullet and edited Noah’s Ark – cutting that fantastic prologue out of the film in order to share the work. It’s a sad thing, but necessary. When a knot can’t be untied you must cut it off. Hopefully it doesnt impact too much on the enjoyment of the film – the images, text and sound are all extremely rich, and of course, you already know the story.

If there is one overriding message from my film, it is that often in order to preserve something we are forced to make choices about what must be lost. It is difficult, but hopefully those choices force us to reassess what is important, and those things we save will form the foundations of our future stories.

Hopefully the full version, reinstated with dodos, will be screened again properly at a later date (please contact me if you would be interested to do so!).

02 Feb

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Screening – Film Material Soup #09 – 15th Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

Film-maker and friend Chris Daniels is currently doing a residency at the Newbridge Project in Newcastle. As part of this, he will be showing a selection of films by the Film Material Soup collective. My film Noah’s Ark (TBC) will be part of the programme. Once again, I’m in some fine company.

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Film Material Soup #9
‏The Newbridge Project,  12 New Bridge St West,  Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW.
‏17:00 – 19:30 on Saturday 15th February

‏Join us for a free screening of recent works by members of Film Material Soup – an informal collective of Artists working with experimental film, photography, light and video based in Manchester.

Screening as part of Chris Paul Daniels’ residency at the NewBridge Project as part of the Connect/Exchange programme supported by Northern Film + Media this screening has been programmed by Daniels in relation to works that link thematically to his research into ideas of presence, location and identity.

‏Screenings of work on film and video by:
‏Jenny Baines
‏Kelvin Brown
‏Joanna Byrne
‏Annie Carpenter
‏Chris Paul Daniels
‏Joe Duffy
‏Dave Griffiths
‏Ben Gwilliam
‏Jenny Holt
‏Nick Jordan
‏Dave Lynch
‏Sam Meech
‏Mary Stark
‏OKO

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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Spaceship Unbound at Castlefield Gallery

June 16, 2013 | By |

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My film ‘Noah’s Ark’ will be screening as part of an unusual bicycle-powered installation at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester from Friday 21st June – Sunday 28th July:

Co-curated with MadLab, Spaceship Unbound uses Margaret Atwood’s seminal post apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood as a starting point exploring the issues of survival in a world turned back to year zero. The project includes contributions from the artists and collectives, Anne-Marie Culhane, Dark Mountain, GameJam Collective (GameJam, The Larks, Manchester SpecFic) Hackspace Manchester, Ellie Harrison, Rowena Hughes, Aliyah Hussain, Sam Meech and Volkov Commanders (Aliyah Hussain, Mariel Osborn and Anna Beam). Their works explore survivalist culture and creation mythology, through story telling, writing, gaming, performance and sculpture.

Hackspace Manchester is a community run art, science and technology club that will show a series of sun jars and Lazarus pointers made by visitors to the gallery and Cyclevision, a bicycle generator to show a film by Sam Meech. Visitors to the gallery will be encouraged to self generate power in order to watch the film.

read more about the exhibition here