February 2017 – start of the latest Low Residency intensive 10 days.
At Camberwell College of Arts a huge building project has been taking place over the past 15 months. There is now a large empty building, structure complete but inside a simple concrete shell. We were able to get access to the building for a couple of hours to gather material, photos, videos, sound etc. Soon the fit out contractor will start their work so this was a key moment to get inside as the building will never be like this again in the future. In a strange way it was a privilege to both look at and listen to the building at this passing moment in time.
We spent the rest of the day mashing together the gathered material. Small groups worked on what they had collected and at the end of the day we watched and listened to it all. There were videos of juxtaposed images and sound, sketches, strange narrative structures with eerie sound, a virtual reality environment and some 360 degree layered video.
Here is a small taste of some of the outputs, we will add more soon (turn your volume up!):
360 degree video – if you view this link in Chrome browser you can click and drag through 360 degrees, or view on a phone in the youtube app and move your phone around to see the full effect. http://manolis.xyz/day1/ (thanks to student Manolis Perrakis for editing and hosting this video)
Camberwell College of Arts provides a range or resource centres all staffed by amazing artists and designers in their own right. The digital media resource centre was the focus of todays workshop. The students were given only 6 hours to create a collaborative film using as many of the resources as possible.
The workshop was co-ordinated by Matt Edwards, one of the technicians and also a former student on MA Fine Art Digital. Initially he gave the students 30 minutes to come up with an idea for a film, he suggested they split their focus into 3 areas, film, animation and sound but other than that it was completely up to them what and how they created.
The digital media resource centre includes a large suite of computers, some camera kit, animation facilities, sound recording, mixing and editing, a range of scanners, drawing tablets and some amazing technicians. Students were introduced to hyper lapse, live trace and 3D camera tracking, all potentially fascinating creative tools.
Within 20 minutes an idea had emerged and the rest of the morning was spent gathering material to create the film. In the afternoon everything was edited together and finally an impressive film was produced. Not bad for 6 hours work with 21 people contributing various elements. Some of the animation was taking too long to render so couldn’t be included but could appear in a later edit.