Northern Video Art Network (NOVA) will be screening our Microworld Margate video at the Oslo Screen Festival tomorrow in the Video Art in a Nordic Perspective programme.
– Contemporary Art –
A selection of video’s by artists participating in NOVA
- Katrin Jonsdottir (IS),”Contemporary art /viewer”
- Genetic Moo (Papay Gyro Nights Festival), “Microworld Margate”
- Polina Zioga, (Festival MIDEN), “tasman-solace (official music video)”
- Lam Wai-kit, (Videotage), “Passage of Time”
- Petra Lindholm, (SWE), “For Anne Marie”
- Erik Bünger, (SWE), “The Third Man”
- Erkka Nissinen, (FIN), “Material Conditions of Inner Spaces”
It’s been really busy here and we’ve seen some wonderful projections and performances, witnessed the construction of a suana and a fire shelter and we’ve been helping Ivanov + Chan set up various video installations including a 1000 moon – 9 projector piece on the opening night.
Our Papay Microworld was the most responsive yet. Working at night when the chaos level was a little less we positioned the 4 main projectors which all looked at each other in the barn space. From this skeleton we got some strong cascades across the room. Other works were then fitted in around this skeleton and in the end we produced the most reactive Microworld yet. The artworks were run for several days and provided the backdrop for both music, and story telling nights, squidlet sessions and interactive engagements. It was great just to sit back and watch the endless change.
Some of the pieces including starfish and squidlets can be seen on our flickr photostream.
We will be editing video and adding images of other artworks including the dancing chicken/barn owl which was a big hit in the coming days and creating a special Papay Microworld page. Thanks to Ivanov + Chan for organising such a memorable event.
Can’t wait for this years Gyro Nights festival. We’ve been invited to produce a Mini Microworld on Papay and will be bringing a mix of our projects old and new and a few works by other Microworlders. each day we’ll build and combine different reactive pieces and see how they cope with the extreme weather conditions on the island.
This festival of video art, sound art, experimental film and music takes place on the tiny island of Papa Westray in Orkney, at one end of the world’s shortest scheduled flight – less than a minute from neighbouring Westray.
February 15-22, Tredwall and all over the island, Papa Westray, Orkney, day passes £10 (concessions £5), 01857 644 340
The Battle of Blister is in the hands of the Wellcome Trust. As part of a six armed art-science collaboration organised by the hard working Animate projects, the BOB is an engaging look at inflammation from the point of view of the participating cells. Think Fantastic Voyage as the audience is shrunk down to the size of a blood cell and joins in the epic battle between infection and inflammation.
We should hear if this ambitious funding bid has been successful in a months time and then the real work can begin. You can read about all 6 projects on Animate’s Silent Signal website.
Preparation is underway for Furtherfield‘s Digital Zoo, a touring exhibition that explores how our lives – personal and political – are being shaped by digital technologies and how our relation to the natural world is changing. It will visit shopping centres and retail parks in London, the North East, the North West and Yorkshire.
Featuring Andy Deck, Mary Flanagan, Liz Sterry, Thomson & Craighead, Pete Gomes, Transnational Temps and Genetic Moo.
Here are the dates for this extraordinary art event.
UK Tour 2014
14-23 February 2014 – Trinity Leeds, Yorkshire
04-13 April 2014 – Lewisham Shopping Centre, London
23 May – 01 June 2014 – The Bridges, Sunderland
25 July – 03 August 2014 – West 12 Shopping Centre, London
29 August – 07 September 2014 – The White Rose, Leeds
More information on Furtherfield’s Digital Zoo website
Sat 14th Dec – what a great night we had at Accidental Collective‘s PotLuck #9 in The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. As well as our specially commissioned works: Owl and Globster Jar, the evening featured performances by Evanthia Afstralou, Culture Device, Julia Fitzpatrick, Greta Eacott, Núria Guix Riba, Antje Hildebrandt, Marcus Orlandi, Nina von der Werth.
Owl, pictured above was constructed from photos and video of a the Beaney’s little Barn Owl skeleton and draws heavily on the creations of one of our heroes, Ray Harryhausen. Here it is jigging with Tim.
Thanks to Marine Studios for hosting this mini Microworld in Margate. The event was a success with a well attended First Friday talk and and lots of engagement with immersive digital art. Thanks to all the artists involved for embracing the idea of a living digital ecosystem and filling the studios with overlapping and interacting projections, lights and sounds.
During the event we made contact with several local arts organisations and look forward to bringing future Microworlds into existence.
We will be uploading photos and films to Flickr, Vimeo and Youtube as we get them made. Several of the works also self documented by taking screengrabs and videos at regular intervals so there is a fair bit to digest.
Here are some images from the Saturday and Sunday when there were less people around and more time to document. Click on the image to get to the Flickr set.
And this link to fuller documentation, including two videos, on this website.
We’re excited about being involved in a new animation project organised by Animate Projects which sets out to get artists and scientist working together to engage the public with science. We’re working with Dr Neil Dufton who works at Imperial college in a department who research endothelial homeostasis and angiogenesis in vascular biology. Neil looks at inflammation cascades – with a view to understanding how the body copes with and uses these processes. With Neil we are focusing it down even further to look at a single inflammation cascade – the one that goes on inside a simple common blister. We want to bring out the epic scale of the events going on inside the blister as the struggle unfolds between infection and immunity. We will be using interaction techniques to produce a short film for the project and here is a sketch of one possible fantastic voyage into the heart of the blister.
Experience a digital ecosystem which fills the Marine Studios with many living artworks. Engage with a futuristic immersive sound and light show. Trigger cascades of activity around the room as pieces react to your presence. Genetic Moo will discuss their plans for Microworld and you can find out how to get involved in a future large scale project in Thanet.
Microworld Margate includes art works by Genetic Moo, Magz Hall & Jim Backhouse, Julia Schauerman, Sean Clark, Jockel Liess, Ron Hagell, Leona Jones & others.
Come and play in a digital wonderland.
For more details or information on getting involved contact us at email@example.com
More artists have joined Microworld: Gudrun Haraldsdottir who made the huge GEEK2013 installation, and Derrick Welsh & Co who will be demoing some crazy creative apps. Becky Robinson will also be showing an interactive tablet/dress/bot.
We have won the inaugural Founder’s Prize as part of the 2013 Lumen prize.
This special award was set up to recognise excellence in the creation of digital fine art and our work was commended for engaging with audiences in a fresh and evocative way. Our emphasis on involving the local community in the enjoyment and production of digital art, interactions and games through workshops, talks and special days fitted perfectly with Carla Rapoport’s aims when she founded the prize.
We have been asked to make a special video showcasing our interactive work and Mother in particular which will be shown at ArcadeCardiff Gallery from October the 5th to the 10th. It will be great to see the gallery again.
Thanks to Lumen’s CEO and Founder, Carla Rapoport for choosing Genetic Moo. We will be there on the 8th to receive the Prize from Ivor Davies, president of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art.
The Lumen Prize show tours the world – here are the dates
New York City
November 1-10, 2013: New York Institute of Technology’s Gallery 61, 16 W61st New York City, USA
March 17-22 2014: Chelsea College of Art & Designs’s Triangle Space
March 19, 2014: The 2014 Digital Art Symposium at 45 Millbank, London.
June 10-14, 2014: The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong.
July 15-31, 2014: Treberfydd House, Powys, Wales in July 2014.
Bring Your Own Beamer
We installed the cockroaches in a tunnel beneath the Brighton Dome this weekend and then later projected some large Animacules and a huge Mother onto the main stage with the other beamers.
This was part of the Brighton Digital Festival which has celebrates digital art throughout September.
We spent a week knee deep in the local lido filming underwater sequences for the Made in Roath festival. These will be shown in Terra Nova cafe and gallery from October the 17th – 25th which overlooks Roath Park lake. Made in Roath is a local arts festival in Cardiff which places art in unusual venues around Roath which is where Nicola’s family live.
The starting point for the films was finding out that 100 years ago there used to be an aquarium in the park but this was closed due to lack of interest – we imagined the abandoned flora and fauna secretly evolving in the depths of the lake, finally forming a huge mutated colony.
Mother was longlisted for the Lumen Prize, described as the world’s pre-eminent digital art prize. It can be seen as part of their online gallery.
This video was taken at the World Wild Web opening event at Furtherfield Gallery (London) on Saturday 13 October 2012.
Featuring artists: Genetic Moo, Paula Crutchlow & Helen Varley Jamieson, Andy Deck, Mary Flanagan, Dominic Smith, and Sarah Waterson.
The video gives an overview of the show and the contributing artists.
Our animacules were very popular in the show and expertly installed by the Furtherfield team. There is a planned tour of Northern shopping centres (a great place to show art) and all being well the animacules will be joining in.
We’ve got a new video channel on YouTube – we’ve included early pieces like Urchin and SeaSquirts to the more recent Microworld videos.
Genetic Moo on YouTube
Here’s a short video of our Phylogenator created for Adventures in Comics 2013, organised by Marine Studios. The Phylogenator transformed humans into octupi at the Pie Factory, Margate.
Here’s the first video we’ve made using the documentation from Microworld : Arcadia. We’ve tried to show the immersive quality of the show – which was one of our central aims. We wanted the audience to be in a room surrounded by interacting art works, which have a life like quality. Creatures, pixels, colours, and sounds shift across the space. Behaviours and appearances change from minute to minute and day to day. We wanted the audience to experience a digital ecosystem in a similar way they might experience being in an unknown forest, surrounded by purposeful and subtle (and in some cases not so subtle) intertwined activities. The footage is roughly arranged from light to dark and presents the visual variety of the show. The performance night forms the middle section.
All the footage in the video was recorded live in the space, as was the sound.
Future videos will concentrate on other aspects of the show: interaction, artificial life & systems theory, flow & play.
The video includes work by Genetic Moo, Tine Bech, Jockel Liess, Sean Clark, Paul Granjon, Sean Olsen, Wendy Keay-Bright, Jane Webb, Stefan Samocuik and performances by Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos, Julia Schauerman and Tango Edge.
Thanks to everyone who took part, all the artists and Rob & Morgan at the Arcadecardiff gallery. The show was a great success and we quadrupled the average attendance figure on most of the days, even getting people in on the dead days at the beginning of the week. People were genuinely interested in seeing art made with computers, pixels, light and sound, and to experience interactive art which must have been new to many of the Queens Arcade shoppers. There was also great interest from the local art scene and we managed to help several people with on-the-spot programming surgeries in the second week, even creating new art works on a couple of occasions.
Towards the end of the show a Cardiff based Tango group called Tango Edge came into the space and danced in front of several interactive art works including simple Kinect based Kaleidoscopes and created intricate shapes and movement. Sean Olsen’s robot really got into the swing of things once it was reconfigured with a third eye exploring the space, squawking when it was obstructed and even tried to escape a couple of times. Sean Clark’s Memory Mirror stored away over 800 memory clips over the show in vivid 8 bit colors which reflected the changing light contributed by Tine Bech’s sculptures which were the most impactful objects in the space. Even smaller works like Stefan Samociuk’s Trancendent Forms beating away on a monitor in the corner received considerable interest from people of all ages.
The show really came to life with different combinations of different works by different artists on different days. To see the works interacting or reacting to each other was exciting and the overlapping clash of the 8 or so artists visual styles proved mesmerising and something we will encourage more in the future. Several of the works developed over the course of the show by mixing, shifting and growing, and storing pixel data, images and videos. Especially interesting were coral forms which slowly accreted different colours and forms reflecting the changing colours of the other works and the audience. Change was also created more prosaically by us reconfiguring and combining different art works each day. It was instructive to see which pieces stuck out and engaged people more in this fertile environment. The ever changing soundscape also contributed to a sense of an evolving space with Jockel Liess’s Primordial layered with other ambiances from Julia Schauerman.
The show has already gathered some interest from other venues and we hope to build new Microworlds around the UK in the future from the Orkney Islands to London and East Kent. The central idea will remain the same : to create a dynamic responsive space filled with interacting art works which change over time. Within this space we will try to work with local artists at each of the venues and provide a full roster of events, performance nights, talks, making days and workshops.
The photos of the event are all up on Flickr. In the next days and weeks we will produce writings and videos of the event and analyse what worked and what didn’t work so well – we are still interested in creating more explosive interactions across the entire space triggered by the audience, – cascades of light, sound and colour. Another future aim is to bring out a greater variation over the course of each hour encouraging people to stay for longer – somebody suggested we provide beanbags!
Thanks again to everyone involved.
Nicola + Tim
Day 9 at Microworld Arcadia was inclusivity day. Wendy Keay-Bright came in and brought her Somantics interactive Kinect apps including Kaleidoscope and Slitscan programs. These were designed to encourage kids on the Autistic Spectrum to gain confidence in their body position and movement. People of all ages sizes and shapes enjoyed these simple intuitive engagements. We will be running more of Wendy’s works in the next few days. We’re hoping to host a signed talk for the deaf on Saturday afternoon 3-3.30 pm explaining our works and hers. Please contact us for more details.
Genetic Moo ran Starfish and it was interesting to see a completely different type of approach to Kinect. Also in the space were It’s Alive ant colony projected over Stefan Samociuk’s video, and a generative animation generated by using some of Sarah Younan’s 3D data.
Clicking on the above image takes you to the set on flickr.
Sunday at Microworld Arcadia – a maker’s day – we tipped out a load of old robots / robot parts and played around attachng them to each other. The doodle robot started out drawing circles but then as we added a wagging tail it started drawing interesting zig-zags. Giggle Wiggle was also pulled to bits.
Sean Clark was there with his etch-a-pi project and helped several people with advice about simple Arduino and Raspberry Pi electronics and digital art.
We’ve had over 400 visitors so far and are taking the Bank Holiday Monday off. We’ll be open from Tuesday to Sunday with coding workshops, inclusivity events and also a robot dance troupe may turn up.