U2 W17

April 18, 2010

About 9/10 weeks to the show build. So this is my current project status:

Video: Have been looking at this and the options of buying a new camera. Cost is a major factor, but so to are file types, and the processor power of my computer.

My Canon digital SLR  which I got from Ebay without soft wear and cables etc. and though  have tried downloading the drivers for it from the Canon site haven’t as yet been able to get the down load to install properly so at most I can do is upload files.

I was considering using the Canon to take time lapse for a live cast. I will still try to sort this. To see what sort of image quality might be achievable.

Ideally would’ve brought a new video camera by this point, and am still debating about this. One concern though is that with a better camera ego e with HD quality my computer will struggle with the processing requirements, or if its file capture is .mts it will require Sony Vegas soft wear to edit which again adds a huge cost.

One area I’ve not  thought through as well as I’d like has been in providing an adequate financial plan. It would have been good practice to have tried to allow for a larger final project budget.  Or to look for possible sponsorship etc. so that is a hard learned lesson for future projects. Have to be more active across more areas in order to better ensure a successful outcome.

Korsakow: Begun going over Korsakow this weekend and currently using the older version of Korsakow because of the time scale.

Video from my JVC camera which came from Ebay with out soft wear and cables etc will only open and edit with Windows Movie Maker, so currently I am editing saving files as AVIs and then converting them with Adobe Premier Elements as iMovie files which is the file type this version of  Korsakow accepts.

It’s helpful to move the sequences in to a different arena and run them together as it gives a different slant on the work.

My sister has mentioned that it is possible to run videos in Microsoft Power Point. So have been having a look at that option as well and though am not too sure about it linking videos in the same way as Korsakow and it certainly doesn’t allow for the random element Korsakow provides, (random element provided by Korsakow is a reference for the random nature of the lived body in my project) its a possible format for the coming symposium piece.

Project Title: My project title has been a constant bug through out the course. It outlines/describes/outlines the idea of the MA project. Yesterday was checking the weblog and liked at the tag cloud. The 3 words that stood out were body, movement, identity. Which have formed the basis of the project, so I have updated the project title from Everyday Movements to Body, Movement, and Identity. This refining of hunches, thoughts, and possible understandings in to a clarified language is something I’m always wrestling with.

Mail Art One, summer issue: I would like to offer this issue for the Digital Arts group show so anyone who wanted a paper presence during the final show could have their work represented in it. Need to produce a larger edition, so need to set up an email outlining details and a deadline to my peers to see if there is any take up if not will do call out for the issue.

U2 W9

March 8, 2010

Mail Art One is now packed and ready to post out.

mail art one spring 2010 PDF

Also posting down some books to London for a shared stall at the Arts Market that I was invited to be involved with by Katsura a former Camberwell digital arts student.

It was interesting to try out some new ideas and to re do some of the paper pieces I did back in the early 90’s in digital format.

One of the things I hoped to incorporate into the MA from unit one was an e-book but didn’t have time to develop the idea.

I have been looking into various options and would like to do a little more research into what might be possible to produce in the time frame.



Aim to have the summer issue of Mail Art One presented in this format along with the paper version.

Have also been thinking about the next live art piece and getting things together for that. Planing another live broadcast piece with in the next 14 days.

Walking on surfaces that are unsuitable may be a metaphor for society’s use of restricting movements as a means of control. Wether legally accepted or other wise.

This idea began with a mail art piece for the 1st International Mail Art Exhibition of Puerto Rico,  around the theme of stopping child abuse .

This idea has begins to try to open up to other issues such as those discussed in a recent online chat  about what can happen and has been experienced by some when photographing in public places or when carrying a camera which  resulted in the police intervening and requesting personal details due to the anti terror laws.

U2 W7

February 25, 2010

Finished Mail Art One  Spring 2010.

U2 W6

February 15, 2010

Some notes outlining development of my project ideas (apologies for the handwriting)… and thinking towards the final piece… how these questions might begin to inform the final piece. Click on them to enlarge.

Unit 2 Week 2

January 10, 2010

The Long Gallery, Tron Theatre issue of Mail Art is completed.  I hit unexpected problems due to the printer breaking down over Christmas and its replacement taking longer to be delivered due to the weather conditions, a mix of wrong paper stocks being delivered, and printer ink not arriving; all of which  contributed to meeting the production deadline difficult.

Then presented myself with an unexpected deadline midweek of posting a number of copies of Mail Art up to Glasgow to arrive on Monday incase I couldn’t travel  because of the worsening weather conditions.

The chain finally broke down today with my sitter unable to travel to sit with my son due to the weather conditions meaning  I wont make Monday’s trip to Glasgow to help hang the show.

This experience has proved useful as it has brought home that things can go awry no matter how well you plan in advance. I hope these   rather disappointing lessons  will be able to be used positively with the end of year show and future projects.

October 30, 2009

This week has been spent focusing on the essay. It is great to begin to draw the ideas out. There is still a way to go and it isn’t a process that comes naturally, but like I said last week, it is a process that I am enjoying.

In Tuesday’s online chat we had individual chats with Andy, so I was able to discuss the essay. Andy was asking when a photograph became a photograph: When you push the shutter button, when its stored in the camera or when it is printed.

From reading an article by Cathy Weis on ageism, I am beginning to question if my understanding of embodiment. I have been thinking of embodiment in a linear way, time based due to our biological nature, and if in fact the notion of embodiment is far more diverse, and possibly more like a tag cloud.

I have read recently that can be argued is that rather than disembodying us cyberspace has in fact has embodied us.

This week I also managed to spend a little time on jotting down some notes for a prototype for the final show. Below is a 1st draft for the final piece prototype:

Prototype draft 1

But having shown it to a couple of friends and discussed the options with them, they advised me against trying to travel down to Camberwell and create an installation.  Their feedback was the ideas in the presentation were too ambitious in relation to my resources and situation.

So had a good think through options and am going to look in to making a non linear narrative piece with Korsakow. That way all my recourses will be directed to a focused and contained piece and the time frame will be more realistic.

So the next step will be to spend a bit of time going back over Korsakow with my sister who knows more about the programming than I do and get up to speed and aim to put another draft presentation for the prototype together in a week or so.

I am comfortable with proceeding with a more contained project, a lot of my worries for the final piece have been based on options of getting down to London.

Korsakow is a structure that feels appropriate as it allows for interaction and the non linear narrative structure is representative of the way digital media has opened up choices and changed familiar processes. It feels as if it may echo some of the ideas above about the cyber world freeing us from a linear time biological lead understanding.

Appreciating why some of the questions we were posed in the early part of this course matter so profoundly, such as who controls the net and the sharing of information. Given how societies have structured and controlled themselves with biological based hierarchies that are in many ways obsolete in cyber space. (These some how are often found re asserting themselves. Like the sexual stereotyping of many avatars).

Just to end on an exciting piece of news about Mail Art One. At the end of last week I was contacted by the gallery director for the DLI gallery who wished to contact one of the contributors with a view to working with them.

I am really pleased about this as it was one of the things I hoped might be achieved through the publication.  Its aim was to be eclectic, democratic open to any one who wanted to could be included. I am glad I stuck at producing it. It feels really good to have facilitated that introduction.

September 20, 2009

Had a very productive tutorial with Andy last Tuesday which really helped provide a sense of focus for returning to the course.


My computer crashed on Wednesday and I have spent the last few days finding files and re installing programmes that had been dropped for some reason.


Also managed to finish the work for the Peep Wardrobe show in Wakefield and get that posted off. The work was a mix of video and paper based pieces taken from the step sequence I have been building up through out August.


walk 9 video still


Have been putting together the next issue of Mail Art One. The printing is almost done for this issue and hope to start binding next week.


I would like to get this issue clear and away by the end of the month as the winter issue will be the special edition for the Mail Art show at the Tron Gallery, Glasgow which Alison Stockwell has asked me to co curate along side her in the New Year.






Really exciting news here is that the team at Emptyshop are setting up studios and I had a meeting with Nick and Carlo yesterday and if all goes well be in a studio space around the start of November.  It will be a fantastic opportunity to be involved with a group of creative practitioners in a face to face environment.


Got up to the DLI where ‘Inkubator 2’ is currently on show. It contains a wealth of artist’s books. Hope to get along to the gallery talk next Saturday.