Members of the 1 In A Million You tribe reveal themselves in Liverpool City Centre.
Here’s the trailer I made for our upcoming exhibition at FACT. I had a sneak preview at the get in yesterday – it looks amazing – can’t wait for the opening next week. Here’s the blurb.
Artist collective Re-Dock presents – Can you hear me? I can see you! – a short, interactive exhibition of prototype communications devices developed as part of an experimental workshop and training programme.
Through activities and practical advice sessions, artist collective Re-Dock have worked with residents of Your Housing Group sheltered & supported accommodation to discuss technological innovations within their lifetimes, whilst exploring the outer limits of emerging telecommunications platforms.
The sessions have acquainted the resident groups with iPads, Skype and aspects of social media and online research tools, whilst drawing inspiration from people’s memories and experiences of the early days of electronic communications technology.
A series of prototype devices have been constructed which investigate questions such as “What message would you send to your younger self?” “Can we send a message into space?” “What are the uses of telepresence in an everyday residential setting?”
Can you hear me? I can see you! has been inspired by early theatrical techniques for creating ghostly apparitions (particularly the peppers ghost effect), 20th century versions of apparitions, teleportation and the video-phone expressed in popular sci-fi cinema (examples of which can be seen projected in the space) and the domestication of video-conferencing through products and services like Skype over the last few years.
Presented as an open sketchbook, the ideas shared in this exhibition are “in-process” with the opportunity for you to test things out.
This year heritage project was developed by the Plaza Community Cinema and looked at the stories and memories around the 21 cinemas that used to be in the Waterloo, Seaforth and Bootle area. This film documented the project as it went along, including all the workshops and visits that took place. It was really interesting to discover how much a part of people’s lives cinema used to be. You can see all the collected research at www.goingtothepictures.org.uk
One form the archives here. This was orginally made for Liverpool Stories, but featured recently in the Food for Real Film Festival so I thought it could use another airing. It fits nicely into some ideas I’m playing with at the moment around people sharing skills that you initially wouldn’t expect them to have. More on this soon.
Video documentary following the early stages of the ambitious cinema building project at Moston Miners Community Arts and Music Centre.
Here’s a short film celebrating Squash Nutrition‘s ongoing ‘Grass Roots and Greenshoots’ project that I started in the summer and completed in late November. I learnt quite a bit about keeping bees, foraging for food and the joys of outdoor cooking. The completed film was shown at Liverpool’s first Food For Real Film Festival last year. On another note – this is my 60th blog post on here!
I’ve been doing a fair bit of documentation for the Liverpool Biennial over the last few years, mainly the talks and debates from invited artists and practitioners. This is a piece I filmed on the hoof, as it were with Fred Biddulph after a long day filming various Biennial artworks and installations across the city. It was the UK premiere of Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail, which featured 100 volunteer guitarists in the lovely setting of the Anglican Cathedral.
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