Low Residency 2015 day 6

Today was a full day of experimenting with arduino boards and a wide variety of input sensors, including light, pressure, movement, temperature etc. The morning was a step by step introduction with some challenges like trying to remember stuff about electrical circuits at school! The workshop was expertly led by Romain Meunier and the afternoon included lots of experiments with each group of students managing to produce some effective interaction.

For most students this was simply about exposure, exploring something outside of their normal experience. For other students these lessons will feed directly into their practice as their MA course develops.

Chila Burman exhibition

Artist Chila Burman gives a tour through her exhibition, Ghosts. Unfortunately the iPhone it was recorded on stopped recording because it was full! However the first 25 minutes was captured and gives a flavour of the generosity of Chila in giving over 2 hours of her time to reveal much about her work.

UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design Paul Goodwin and Sonia Boyce Present: GHOSTS

Ghosts is a new year-long series of single work and focused displays featuring key art works from a range of British Black and Asian artists exploring ideas around technologies, subjectivities and contemporary art practice.
ual.force.com/event/2014/11/2/Ghosts-Exhibition-Programme/
blogs.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/2014/11/05/chila-kumari-burman-currently-self-portraits/
chila-kumari-burman.co.uk/

‘Digital Revolution’ exhibition – a critical reader

Here are some links to some wider reading in response to the ‘Digital Revolution’ exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London July to September 2014.

The various articles explore some critical responses to the exhibition and include an anonymous statement from one of the artists contributing. It is worth reading all of them to get a good overview.

Barbican’s website:
http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=15608
Bloomberg Space has a large installation that is also part of this exhibition:
http://www.bloombergspace.com/artists/current/marshmallow-laser-feast-forest/
More of a description of the exhibition with some thoughts added:
http://dontdoitmag.co.uk/2014/07/fish-fridays-2-digital-revolution-the-barbican/

These next links cover a range of issues in response to the exhibition and Google’s involvement:

Google is breeding the young minds of the next generation of artists:
http://res.marcodonnarumma.com/blog/google-new-breed-on-the-commodification-of-digital-art-and-its-young-minds/
An open letter to Larry & Sergey:
http://hacktheartworld.com
Artists virtually gatecrash Google’s DevArt Barbican exhibit:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/21/google-devart-exhibition-disrupted
Hack the Art World: the dissident techies tackling Google
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/jul/21/hack-the-art-world-digital-revolution-barbican-protest
DevArt: Google’s powerful new move to arts patronage:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2014/feb/28/devart-googles-powerful-new-move-to-arts-patronage
Digital Revolution, Barbican Centre, review: ‘gimmicky’:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/10935600/Digital-Revolution-Barbican-Centre-review-gimmicky.html
an anonymous statement from one of the artists involved giving their perspective:
http://pastebin.com/0pbbL72y

Below is a link to a ‘flipboard’ which collects together all the readings. Flipboard is designed for mobile devices but you can also read them on a desktop computer. It gives a brief introduction to the article, click on each article to read the full thing.
https://flipboard.com/section/%27digital-revolution%27-a-critical-reader-__ZmxpcGJvYXJkL2N1cmF0b3IlMkZtYWdhemluZSUyRm1Zdkt2NmVCUktpVmlxeEwxTHQwNEElM0FtJTNBNTE2NDgxMTE%3D

Visit to Grizedale Arts

Grizedale Arts is a long established curatorial project based around Coniston, a village in the Lake District of North West England. We had the opportunity to visit for 2 days to discuss their innovative and challenging approach to an art project. Our visit included a tour of their farm, a meal prepared with food from that farm and other local sources, discussions about the art world, visit to the Ruskin museum and lots of tea drinking!
Grizedale Arts challenges many of the preconceived ideas of what the art world is or should be, this visit was invaluable for exploring this.

Big thanks to Alistair Hudson, Pippa Martin and Adam Sutherland.

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An amazing example of John Ruskin‘s ‘powerpoints’ of the Victorian age. These huge drawings were used in his lectures to illustrate his points and also handed around the audience.

Low Residency 2014 day 8

‘The screen’ workshop (day 2 of 2)

‘I was very concerned about working collaboratively, I have never found it easy but this has worked really well.’

‘I would never have used a split frame camera, a gimmicky tool like that seemed too much like a crutch, but by the second day I was beginning to get used to its potential’

‘I have been guilty of not considering how my work is presented in a gallery setting, so the emphasis during this project on the installation of work as much as creating it has been eye opening and highly beneficial.’

Some quotes from students as we discussed their work made over the last 2 days. We finished day 2 with an exhibition of the work that was made, in fact the first exhibition in South Kiosk’s new gallery space.

16mm film dyeing, scratching and hand wound

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These images show the group working with 16mm film. They used some pre-existing footage of animals in Australia. First they dyed the film then scratched into the surface, isolating the animals, then they choose to present it in the editing viewer with the audience having to manually turn the reels of film.

 Digital filming and overlaid projections

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Images showing the overlaid effect of 3 projections. Using now traditional high end digital kit, including Canon 5D mk2 and HD projectors, this group overlaid the projections and deliberately distorted the frames and the keystoning

 Split frame camera installation

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This group used old split screen film cameras to make prints. They gave up control of the prints by using a 1 hour print facility  and used the serendipitous moments in the 4 split images and the cropping decisions made my someone else. After taking pictures independently the group that collaborated on the hanging the prints. This was a fascinating process of negotiation, a certain frustration but after several re-hangs a solution that all were happy with.

8mm camera less film

2 groups worked directly onto 8mm film and explored a variety of ways to present these films.

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by projecting into a mirror the film could be focused on a small part of the wall high up in the gallery

The 2nd group working with 8mm film labouriously worked on a long length of film adding text, colour and texture.

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Using old consumer technology like 8mm projectors from the 1970s can be very challenging as the projectors can be temperamental. After much fiddling we eventually got this longer film working, here is a short extract:

4 graduates selected

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4 MA Fine Art Digital graduates have been selected for the SITE exhibition.

Wendy Anderson, Director of International Development for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts selected a diverse range of work from graduating students at all 3 colleges following the Graduate School 4 themes of social engagement, identities, technologies and environment.

The 4 graduates are Ben JamesKatrine GranholmKiers McFarlaneYibao Gao

Exhibition open 10am – 4pm, weekdays from 10 – 17 December 2013.

Ben James

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Katrine Granholm

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Kiers McFarlane

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Yibao Gao

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‘Relationship’ installation in Shanghai

Graduate Ann Zeng’s interactive installation ‘Relationship’ has been installed in the Power Station of Art a huge gallery in Shanghai, China. The show is open from 30 November 2013 to 30 March 2014.

Shanghai’s ‘Power Station of Art’

Ann’s interactive art installation uses a series of meal scenarios as metaphors for relationships. The piece is interactive with the projected woman asking the audience to ‘please sit down’. Once someone sits down a virtual meal is projected onto a real plate and a series of dialogues are played out, from the minimal conversation over breakfast, through a gossip filled pizza lunch to an intimate evening meal. As soon as someone gets up from the seat the projected woman starts to cry and with increasing desperation says ‘please don’t leave’.

Ann Zeng – ‘Relationship’ installation from Jonathan Kearney on Vimeo.