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June 4, 2010

Wednesday I was in at Empty shop testing streaming through my new notebook.

There was also an online chat for the show taking place so was able to take part in that briefly though the connection wasn’t strong and cut out once or twice. Connection seemed best if I held the notebook at head height, so this will be something to research again when I next go back in to Empty Shop.

Tested the new camera which has higher definition, and this gives a different feeling to finished video. Tried editing this clip as a test for MADA 10’s website, it has somehow developed horizontal lines. So that is something that needs resolving. Probably down to file type again.

An issue to think about for documenting is noise pollution, on this clip music from the studios on the floor above can be heard.

One function it does have is a time lapse setting. This was something I was trying out at the start of the course and didn’t get very far with. So I made a couple of short clips. this si me laying tape on the floor, which takes approx one hour to complete.

It made me really appreciate Kevin’s recent posting of a time lapse piece he had done which took 9 hours to film.

I also looked at the width of tape on the floor: trying a double width of it. It just didn’t look good, so have stuck to just a single strip. I now need to decide whether to use multi colour lines as I have been or go for one colour, possibly white as it is the most visible.

Another aspect to remember is that the floor slopes at the ES gallery work space and I forgot to factor that in when videoing this week.

Tried laying the line up the stairs of the space and out in to the hall way, but liked the constrained  line in the space the best.

I am also getting everything ready to put up next week end at ES, Durham. Waiting for some cards to arrive to send out locally, finishing an eflyer for it, and also trying to sort out with a local print company about text for the walls that I’d like to use if possible. The next week is going to be frightening.

During the online chat I was asked to print the MADA 10 catalogue/zine. It is a larger edition than I have run before, but it should be ok I hope. It is a responsibility reproducing everyone’s work to a good standard. So as time is tight expecting I will be stressed at times!

Paper arrived this afternoon for Camerwell MADA 10 catalogue/zine.

To give an idea of the quantity each individual box of paper weights around 3 stone.

So have been making lists of the various things I need to get done for showing at ES in Durham, documenting it, finishing the printing of Censored zine which I would like to include at the degree show, and of course undertaking producing the catalogue/zine.

I had a chance to ask a couple of people at Empty Shop to test walk ‘walk the line’.

Received some 1st hand feedback from Carlo and Meinir about the physical experience of walking to a constrained/predetermined path. Both Meinir and Carlo found walking quite difficult and uncomfortable and Carlo said it felt like it played a mind game; confusing  him about the speed he was walking and which pieces were going to be easy to walk.

Meinir said it confused her understanding of how fast she was walking.

Here are some clips of them:

This ties in to the peer feed back Andy suggested asking for during my last tutorial and the subsequent  email I sent out a couple of weeks back.  I had some valuble replies to the 3 videos I’d posted. Here’s a few:

Rod emailed:

‘the first clip is very visceral for me. I am wondering why you choose to shoot it during a bright sunny day. Why not at night or on a cloudy, windy day when it is colder?’

The answer for this was that the snow made reflective surface increasing light levels, but also as I mentioned at the time, I tended to wait for mid day, for the snow to warm a little before walking on it, otherwise it was unbearable and caused damage to the soles of my feet.

Sara  emailed:

‘bare/exposed skin coming in contact with rough textures, it gives me the heeby jeebies. lol I know that sounds funny and I’m not sure if it was your intention but that was what I felt. Also, the act of walking in bare feet on surfaces that are not smooth or warm would evoke those feelings from the average person too. As they watch those clips they would immediately think of how they would feel doing those things.’

This was a really helpful insight, that people have different physical understandings.

Different types of cognitive understandings arising from physical experiences or witnessing physical experiences. This makes sense. I am sorry that I haven’t been able to explore this. It would be a direction of study to expand for possible future PhD level study, which I would be interested in looking in to.

I am very grateful to all who took the time to reply. It really helped gain insights and look at the project more objectively.

U2 W25

June 1, 2010

Really busy just at the moment, so as yet I have not managed to sit down and put together the post for peer feed back but will try to get that posted by Friday.

Durham show (Sunday 13th June) so far:

Got the final confirmation on using ES gallery/workspace for this.

Managed to upload Pronto on to my notebook today so be able to attend some of the show meeting on Wednesday while I’m at Empty Shop videoing and testing a pod casting.

Am getting prices on posters of relevant phrases from song and popular culture for the gallery walls  and need to get one or two MP3 players with head phones to have some of the relevant songs played through them.

I am behind sending out the invitations for the exhibition on the 13th because wanted to get all the details right and make sure of about the possibility of pod casting before sending out final details.

Input for MADA 10 Camberwell show:

The MADA 10 catalogue zine is coming together. Have been doing the 1st layout. Should have everyone’s pieces by Friday and will put together mock up for each persons page to ok before printing.

A fellow student has asked me to collaborate on creating a small edition booklet which I am really delighted to do. Hope I will produce something of a good standard. It is terrific to have people trust you with their work. A real confidence boost.

It has got a bit hectic with printing as I am also in the process of printing a zine for Act Art’s Censored event night on the 9th July, Islington, London.

Many of the artists and performers taking part in the event night are producing work of an extreme and adult content so I have hesitated mentioning it on this blog as I didn’t wish to offend any of my peers. But I feel that the issues raised by this event night are both relevant both in their own right and in terms of examining taboos and use of the lived body focused on in my project.

This is a bench mark for the shift of my understandings surrounding these issues in contrast to my previous response to work created by a peer during my 1st year and in many ways encapsulates development achieved through taking this MA.

U2 W24

May 28, 2010

Spent this week working across several areas



Got the cheapest note book possible for this. Spent last week end installing the Livestream podcast download.

 Trying this out on Wednesday at Empty Shop to check that reception and streaming is ok in the building with a web cam that also has sound capture.



MADA 10 Show Zine:

 Have been able to extend the call out for the zine because of showing in Durham, so that side of things will be done sooner leaving more time for the printing.

 Ina has been really supportive as have Rod and Ethel. Sara kindly agreed for me to post some copies of Mail Art One to her and took them in for the f2f students to get an idea of what the MADA 10 zine might look like.

 Online students have also been very supportive and generous in making their work available to include. Really appreciate it as we are all looking at deadlines.

 Peer Feedback:

During my tutorial Andy suggested asking for some peer feedback to gain an idea of how others were experiencing the videos.

 I sent out an email with links to 3 video clips and brief sentence outlining what I had been looking to achieve.

 Again, my peers have been really supportive in this process, taking time to reply.

Will blog replies separately.



 During Tuesday online chat we discussed each others work.  It is fantastic to see everyone’s projects in the home stretch refining.

 It was very positive as my peers were enthusiastic about my show proposal here in Durham.

 Andy asked about the quality of the videos, which is something I looked into trying to improve a few weeks back. The kind of cameras that would give the quality of my Canon DLSR was too expensive for me…. BUT I did manage to find a good deal on a JVC camcorder which hope will give better quality video. Need to see if it is compatible with the note book, which my old camcorder isn’t using a firewire cable and the note book doesn’t have a port for that.

 He also suggests trying compositing which initially I wasn’t too keen on but having looked more at the link he suggested can see possibilities. Need to re install Premiere (it kept taking the computer down). But will try to have a go at it over this coming week end.