Recently I’ve been working with my good friend and fellow Film Soup-er Chris Paul Daniels on some new projection works for the Virgin Record 40 exhibition, using media from the Virgin archives. Chris developed a 45 minute film presented as a large triptych, juxtaposing different eras and styles from across the archives, along with a cut-up soundtrack by Kelvin Brown. I created three dynamic mapping installations within the tiled alcoves nearby, and a separate piece using lyrics from 10 diverse songs to form a generative cut-up poem. As usual, bth of my works were created in Isadora. The tile mapping piece being a development of the Interlace installation from last October, but extremely scaled up.
final note – always, always use a remote login service like logmein incase something needs tweaking post-install, which it invariably will.
A brief outline on my contributions below:
Again, these pieces use a structure and a set of content and then allow chance to create the final evolving composition. I really liked the tiled alcoves in the space and wanted to create a projection that felt like it was made for the space, so the 3 pieces are all carefully mapped to the tiles. The images change as individual tiles are masked, sometimes obscuring the videos, so you sometimes have to work to decipher what it is you’re looking at, but there are some nice clips in there, from live performances to some extremely expressive and colourful experimental music videos. The installations were created using an interactive video tool called Isadora which allows you to treat the media as a database rather than a timeline. It creates a dynamic visual collage – its great to see what it throws up.