Final Show Preparation 3: Practical stuff

 

Glass- bowls

The glass -bowls are all washed and sparkling, then wrapped in several layers of bubble-wrap, packing materials and in boxes ready to go. A strange combination of my personal ‘identities ‘ were referenced by using these boxes, I realised …. and I forgot to mention the choice of glass rather than ceramic. Glass is an amorphous solid but exhibits an atomic structure close to that observed in a  supercooled liquid phase. I have chosen to work  with glass before as it is both fixed and mutable – appropriate for documentation of an action because of this temporal quality.

Chocolates

I  popped into town to buy the parcel tape and  went to see how Belflair were getting on with the chocolates.

They were all in the shop and Gillian ( below) was busy wrapping them in the foils!

 

Updates:

Wednesday 29th June: I took the glass parcels to Mail Boxes Etc ,  for Marian and Phil Cullen  to send to Wilson Road by courier.IMG_3732Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 15.27.37

Thursday 30th June: Got back in time to pick up the chocs, all beautifully wrapped, ready for sending tomorrow morning. Gillian was very excited and pleased with the results. So was I. I  gave her some invitations for Belflair to the Public View on Crouch Hill on the Thursday 14th  and took some to Banbury Print, and Marian and Phil at MBE.

 

 

Friday 1st July: 

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The more things change…..

After choosing not to archive my streams, Periscope now gives the option keep the Scopes for ever!…… I’ve just has a notification when I opened the app.

It’s been coming for some time in different forms, since the demise of Katch…as seen here  using the appropriate #.

But now it’s here automatically …if you want it!

In the meantime here are some of my streams  ..

21st May: I broadcast Louise and I looking through documentation of some of the work I made on Crouch Hill , some 8 years ago. Neighbours and our sons were involved in this work. We shared our memories and I reflected on the work, the space, then and now.

22nd May: I took down the pin-hole cameras and broadcast that process. Brian Little, historian and Elvie the dog, happened to be there at the same time.

29th May: I opened my birthday gifts from Louise on the Hill and shared the experience with the Scopers. There was little Trolling! Just jealous…

31st May : Walt Whitman’s Birthday. I read two Walt Whitman poems, Song of the Universal and To think of Time, from Leaves of Grass. These poems address, `time, Space, ephemerality, rural life and politics with thoughts of simultaneity. It rained very hard and I abandoned the reading because the wet paper disintegrated.

3rd June: Colleague, Jon Shapley, whose work also addresses issues of space, came  up the Hill and we discussed the nature of the space of Crouch Hill. I read from the summaries  key to my Research Paper that  I’d presented for the Research Discussion in February. He used to work in town planning, so I asked him to ‘build’ a new development, as housing is being constructed around the Hill as this project continues. There was some interesting ‘chat’  and lots of interaction as visitors to the summit altered the installation.

 

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and its still continuing now… see Twitter Here and Here 

I also made a Vine : I was reading from Bailey’s thoughts on Time Perspectivism whilst Jon built a village.

5th June: I wasn’t intending to Scope but as we reached the summit, I heard people partying. Some people had had a camp-out. The first I’ve seen this year.. It was an unusually warm day. The space changed again

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13th May: I broadcast Trace see in this post An inadvertent but significant simultaneity

22nd June: I broadcast For the Heart. I  read from classic texts, Hilda Leyel’s  Herbs for the Heart and Gabrielle Hatfield’s Hatfield Herbal on traditional herbal medicine, regarding the medicinal properties of Hawthorn. I’d intended to do this on May Day, but the May blossom was very late to flower and on the Summer Solstice, I hurt my back and couldn’t really walk at all. This day seemed appropriate to talk about traditional medicines to heal the heart. I broadcast it at 3.30pm, as others were holding a memorial for Jo Cox in Westminster and around the world. This time I was an intentional participant in ‘a simultaneity’, Scoped or not. 

26th June: Visited the Car-Boot sale at the Self-Pick Farm situated at the bottom of Crouch Hill., looking for bowls for the Show. I had several interesting conversations whilst Scoping. Particularly pertinent  was a seller from nearby Chipping Norton greeted by a viewer from Morocco, who marvelled at the tech. and said.. “So why do we need the EU then ” .. with all that tech…One of the sellers, Paul from Stargoat  recognised me from my involvement with publicity for the the Old Town party community in Banbury, some years ago. He played his guitar and chatted about music, David Bowie, walking the Wainwright Way and his home in Nethercote just outside Banbury.He also told a story about the role of his home in the exchange of information about nuclear fission to the Russians in 1948…I feel a project coming on….

From Snapchat to 4chan with some in-between

A Summary of some of the apps and Platforms I’ve looked at during the last 12 months .

  • My journey around apps started I guess with a fascination with Snapchat  and watching it in the Reading Room project see this post  last Spring .

My son had introduced me and I loved it… for daft middle-aged not teen reasons! No sharing images of  my body-parts, Thank You! … The trouble was that non- of my contacts joined! No community... One replied to my invitation with ” I’m not on Snapchat but would you like to meet in town for a coffee . “Well we are over 50!

In some ways these events  were key to  the paradox of  living within and between several digital and physical communities which is demonstrated also in my Research Paper. And probably the start of thinking about bringing those together within my process.

  • At the end of Unit 1 in October 2015, Jonathan mentioned Storify, story-telling platform, in a tutorial  so I  signed up and started to investigate it. I drafted this post then and have been editing since.

I kept looking at Storify and trying to fit what I wanted into it…..It is great for  adding content from social media but I did have some problems with the Search trying to find exactly what I wanted.

That’s pretty hard call even when just using a browser as I wanted such specific times and dates and of course had to consider Time differences in location of the event and also on the platform. Twitter time does not equal UK time for instance! The problem can be sorted by altering the settings within the browsers but I couldn’t seem to get the specificity I needed with Storify. I’m sure I could’ve done it a ‘long way round’ and imported the content as images ? but I didn’t feel the other all rest would produce what I wanted in the end, so I abandoned it…There for future reference though….

The  main problem though was that it still produces too linear a narrative.… although more recently for an Upgrade there is livefyre which may be worth investigating. At the time of I was investigating there was no Free Trial, otherwise I may have gone down that route! There are others and others!!! all with different emphases on image, text etc…..

 Later on I decided I  wanted to be able to include live feed from Periscope on  a storytelling platform….. I might have been able to do that  by using Katch but then that disappeared ( see below)

  • I had already spent some time looking at other simpler platforms for documenting the narrative of my process. Some image hosting sites I knew already…Pinterest, Flikr and have dipped into in the past. I set up Instagram and Imgur account to investigate further. The latter on my son’s recommendation because I had been thinking of posting on Reddit, when searching for synchronous events to document along side my actions  to demonstrate simultaneity  as in these described in   Protected: Same time, different places  and here

 described fully in Notes for Research Discussion Thursday 11th February 2016

  • I looked at a range of news sites on Youtube and also Buzzfeed, Huff Post and others.I’d also been directed to and ‘warned’ about ( my sons assume I need protection – they are possibly correct)  the content of 4chan and used some content for the video clips made in   Final Cut – these short pieces which became  works in themselves.

I was still desperately trying to make something non- linear within the constraints of the linear.There’s a long and rambling post where I discuss ( with my self) the vary aspects of that and how film- makers approach the problem.

I eventually stopped trying to tell the story of simultaneity and demonstrate it simply through the action.

  • But on my way I’ve been having ( and continue to have ) fun, playing with Vine here and Anthropology – ritual and space on Vine
  • Using Periscope as  medium of making and showing my work has evolved during my process. The app has developed and continued. The best way to find to what’s available is to watch and interact with other Broadcasts. I did a lot of that at the beginning but recently have limited myself to Broadcasts only. I may have missed out on some updates but didn’t want to get distracted by the app. Just work within the constrains of it, as it was in May. The full functionality depends on having a decent phone so things have improved since upgrading to 8GB iPhone SE. Just after I’d started to use Periscope, this happened:

Scope Day  Originally on November 7, 2015, 56 broadcasters in 37 cities on 6 continents showcased destinations in their respective cities/countries over the course of 16 hours, a sort of simultaneity demonstration. In December 2015 Issac Duckett, the CEO of SCL Brands / Slickchix has acquired the rights to Scope Day.

  • I have used, with varying degrees of success, YouTubeLive and  Google hangouts but rather stupidly deleted the evidence of attempted and successful Trials from my YouTube Channel when tidying up! but Here is one from YouTube below  and one here which was successful on Google Hangouts

is one remaining failure!

I downloaded the encoding software onto my old laptop necessary for YouTube Live stream  and managed a successful stream from my living room but then next time  I couldn’t even access Youtube because the OS no longer supports the updated version… I tried my son’s Chrome book and again had some success but I wanted to broadcast from the Hill where there is no Wi-Fi and using my phone as a Hot-Spot didn’t work for streaming, certainly not with the phone I’d got at the time.The Chrome book had 4G but  still didn’t work. Periscope is just So Easy in comparison.

From an audience point of view it allows anyone with the app to find your stream and watch. The accessibility is so much greater than Youtube where people have to search harder or know her to find you. The Map and List on Periscope make it straightforward and you can search for users using username.

I looked at Lifestream  but it is very corporate, the audience would not be the broad, happen across audience that I was hoping for. I didn’t investigate Snapchat Live.

  • Twitter  : All my broadcasts are automatically shared on Twitter. This gives my Twitter Followers even without the Periscope app the chance to see the Broadcasts for 24 hours.

I’ve been using Twitter more now, to share Vines and posts on my MAFAD Blog as well as posting and re-tweeting.So much so that it has become an essential component for my Final Show, as an access point for an audience

  • Google Translate: In the early days of using Periscope I had a large number of viewers from Turkey (and Russia) so I used Google translate to view the conversation. I could only do this from Screen recordings though. Here they are below,  rather long, clumsy and unedited; but they  show some of my investigation…

There was some chat about an app for simultaneous translation whilst broadcasting, but I couldn’t find it….

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  • I was interested in the work of Blast Theory especially after the  Participation session with Jonathan and downloaded  Karen app, which was fun.
  • Katch was an app which saved automatically all Periscope streams WITH Comments and hearts  but it closed at the beginning of May. It was useful when I found it and the results of the archived content can be seen in several posts below

Lewis Carroll, Time and Philosophy   

Egg Rolling: Easter Day 

Games without frontiers?

Questioning the i Ching- games without frontiers continued,

All the other broadcasts  were saved to Katch from early March until the end April and I archived them from Katch to this Youtube  playlist Here. The comments (on an Excel spreadsheet), stats and video files were downloaded to my Desktop. It wasn’t available for the St George’s Day work, so this was screen- recorded on the Desktop.

I looked at lots of other Video and screen saving apps available on my 4S but non- worked well and kept to screen recording from the Desktop which if accessed using Chrome as a browser shows the hearts and comments on the replay

  • i Ching: I played around with this app as I aim to use the iChing in an action during the Final Show…possibly using the app…I’d used cards already see above 
  • Geocache: I’ve played around with too ,see here Protected: Geocache possibilities
  • I’ve debated the use of Bit.ly  vs other alternatives  as shortners for Twitter etc.. My son favours Goo.gl but I’ve stuck with Bit.ly so far
  • Soundcloud here 
  • Clyp as here 
  • I investigated Anchor too,”Anchor is radio by the people, where any voice can join the conversation. Anchor makes it easy to broadcast short audio clips to a global audience in seconds. Your listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible.”but found it rather dull at the time. Very corporate…Maybe I’ll investigate it when it’s been around a bit longer.IMG_3727.jpg

 

Final Show Preparation 2

It was important for me to source the materials for the show as locally  as possible with connections to the specific local communities I work with and for them to link with the themes of my work in the project so far so linking  the various  communities here  with Camberwell.

I’ve been searching out bowls for display of the chocolates. I wanted to get most at the Self-Pick Farm at the bottom of Crouch Hill. They have Car- Boot sales there and I thought that was appropriate as the bowls will have a personal provenance. It’s been so wet that I don’t think the Car-Boots were held. Certainly when I got there everyone had gone home. There were some boxes of crockery, though, which apparently are collected from the ‘left-overs’ from the Car -Boots. Here they are full of water as I found them, and then, the ones I bought packed up at home. I also bought some from charity shops within Banbury’s Old Town. I have worked there for many years and, been an active member of the Old Town Association ,a trade organisation which supports and brings together local  independent traders. It also runs community events which I participate in as a community artist. Buying some of the crockery here links the threads of my practice and communities in which they operate.

The printers, Banbury Print and Design, are a small family-run business, also in the Old Town . They have printed the wrappers for the chocolates, 5 designs, 150 each. This  may be too many but I want to make sure that I have sufficient, not only for Camberwell, but also  to distribute locally as a link of the two communities and networks. There is an image of Banbury Print and Design’s premises below- but Nicola was not keen on having her photo included on the Blog! Funnily  enough I picked these up yesterday, Referendum Day 23rd June 2016, and then bumped into the owners on my way back home from the Polling Station. They were just walking down as a family. A coincidence….

Belflair, the chocolatier, is just across the road and up Church Lane. At the end of Church Lane is Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn, which apparently is where in the 15th century, Puritan Oliver Cromwell held court arranging future battles.

The founder & resident chocolatier, of Belflair  learnt his craft at chocolate / patisserie school in Brussels  and Antwerp.

I was concerned about selecting the most appropriate foils for the different designs, again that difficulty with the idea of branding. I’d decided to have one colour of foil for each image, 5 in all. Merv, (see below in the shop)  who also runs the business, showed me a selection and chose the ones she thought worked best. They all looked so good that I didn’t want to change anything!

Each glistening order served as a mount would to a picture, highlighting the images, as you can see. The idea of the ‘exhibition’ of the image was still there. Apparently I’m in good company as Belflair chocolates are used as promotions for several central London hotels. Merv was excited by the images. To her they looked essential English, ( or did she say British?…..)

Merv is from Finland, and the images made her think of British weather ( the umbrella) , family camping holidays ( tent) and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and also Glastonbury festival as that has just started. All those things coalescing together in just one short conversation. She then told me a story about how camping isn’t popular in Finland and why she thinks this is the case.

The chocolates are being made especially to order in their chocolate atelier in nearby Brackley! They should be ready by the end of next week.

I asked her to recommend a reliable local courier to get them to Peckham. They are just round the corner…

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Selecting Images

Just a short post to explain my reasons for selecting the images above for the chocolate wrappers.

I was going to select just a single image but had several printed, mainly to see which looked best on the tiny wrappers.It is impossible to visualise how powerful, or not, an image will be at this size and how it will be read. Logos are different because of their graphic clarity, but this sort of image was so small on the original wrappers that they were not legible at all. Turning the wrappers round and changing the usual layout made a huge difference., though they are still very small, 33 x 40mm for the images. The wrappers themselves are 40 x 78mm but have to include the ingredients inc: allergens and a link to my periscope stream ( I’ve not put this on the front and it is too long and my stream can be accessed via Twitter anyway.) Once I’d altered the image position I also had space to credit the people whose images I used...none of them were ‘my ‘images, although I did ‘take’ the solar grams…by positioning the cameras, I guess.

I showed the proofs to several people with varying interest in ‘art’ or visual material. I asked them to pick up the images that ‘drew them in’ in order of choice. I’ve done this before when having exhibition postcards printed, but this time there was no common choice. In fact every image was chosen the same number of times as a first choice…. So I decided to have 100 each of all the images. Together they produce a narrative showing the  location, something of my process, the link with geographical space with the Trig point, social space with the tea-pot, and time passing with the solar gram.

I realise that will not necessarily be how they are read,but there are linking  objects  within each….from trig point to tent to teapot etc . This provides and exciting way to exhibit a non- linear fragmented narrative of documentation of an action. Just what I’ve been searching for and generate a conversation which re-animates the original action in a different form.

I really do feel though, that I have to give credit to Felix Gonzales-Torres, as the display of sweets and their consumption is not an original idea.… his work  below) has a more simple and poignant  conceit.felix-gonzalez-torres

Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the Met Breuer. Photo by @julianasteiner

 

 

Final Show Preparation 1

IMG_3669For some time now I’ve been selecting the image(s) to  print on the wrappers which will go around the chocolates for the Show.

I realised this would not necessarily be a straightforward choice, but it has been interesting, observing the way I feel and approach the choices and my reasoning behind them. The aim, to a certain extent is that people will engage with the objects ( the chocolates and the bowls they will be placed in ) sufficiently to look closer and pick one up; and then maybe take it away with them.

Essentially the chocolates serve as a promotional item to encourage access to my Twitter and Live stream during the Show. So, the image/s on the wrapper  should encourage engagement and participation and say ‘pick me up’…The Twitter name should be recognisable as a key to unlock the stream in social media, large enough to  say ‘ search for me’…. but not so large that it diverts all attention from the image.

Unlike normal promotional items there is no ‘logo’ as such, yet there is a sense of  ‘branding’. By making my profiles on social media more uniform, with the same image etc  and linking the accounts, there is a level of conformity  to the concept of my ‘ identity’ as a ‘brand’  that links with chocolate, social media, images,market,  commodification and  consumption. Especially within the context of a selling exhibition and increasing corporate involvement with arts education.

I have to be careful here or else the work will degenerate into a low level political rant without focus….if it hasn’t done that already…I need the images and the objects to, more than anything, illustrate the essential points of my work on Crouch Hill, highlighting those key thoughts of my research project, with allusions to the extended analysis and act as a promotional item!

I also want the small chocolates  to act as small objects  with the action of taking and eating one to stand in for the ‘small’ actions in  Bailey’s concept of time perspectivism

The distribution of the chocolates acts as a performative act of communal ‘sharing’ with each being a small ‘gift’,  referencing Marcel Mauss’s concept.

If I’m lucky, some people will follow my Twitter or Download Periscope and watch my stream. I guess it  may well follow the 1% Wiki Rule of Participation, with 9 out of every 100 participating ( Wiki’s case editing in my case viewing ) and maybe 1% chatting. But that’s just fine with me. If no-one does, well they have still been made and the process of making and discourse and action around it still took place and will continue in a narrative of embodiment  and possible future dissemination and re- mediation by the people involved.

I’ve finally settled on 5 images, rather than 1, which hopefully, provide an intriguing narrative to the most recent part of my process. I like the fact that the way they will be distributed during the Show leads to the fragmentation, non-linearity and un- finishedness of this narrative throughout a social space, with a continuing contingency of the story over time. See also post here about which I selected 

I didn’t want to do the layout for the printing  because my graphic skills are poor and  the local printers Banbury Print and Design work with the chocolatier, Belflair, to make the wrappers the correct size! Thanks Nicola, you’ve been great!

After lots of proofs ( they must be sick of me…..) with changes of text content, direction and font, I think they are there. I’ll send them to print later today. The images I’ve used are all by people who have been part of my work and so are credited with their copyright and permissions given.

Genius : Anjali Dance Company

I was invited by Nicole Thomson to the presentation of the results of Anjali’s R&D Residency with Gary Clarke, based on the life of Beethoven.

I’ve been aware of Anjali since its inception over 20 years ago and have helped out in the office on a voluntary basis from time to time.

I seem to have conversations with Nicole and other dance practitioners which have a common understanding based on spatial relations, I think…

I’ll be seeing Nicole again soon to progress some ideas.