The Reading Room Event: Set up and Preparation – a few days to go……

12th and 16th July:

In between getting things ready to install at Camberwell for the Interim Show, I’d solve the problem of the wrongly cut lino and turned it into a benefit! see below by having both Positive and Negative lettering.

Fiddly to use but much more versatile.

I’d printed some posters to go with the cut-out newspaper ones used when I was using the Reading Room as a studio.

Took ages and very messy.

Making the posters seemed an important part of the process but I’m not sure it added to the Event in the end. It was important for me but did it work..?

After installing at Camberwell on the Tuesday I went on the Thursday  and set up the slide projector in case anyone brought any slides and tested out the new media player and film with the digital.

I’d been working on the final film to show at the event and it is about 30 minutes long.

I’ll have to reflect on this separately.

Richard is anxious about how many people will turn out for the event

Jane is baking cakes.

I’ll take biscuits and coffee.

Jon Shapley will come and document with photographs.

All the newspapers are brought in and placed so that Richard can position the tables. The workshop areas are set up.

Cut-up newspapers will be printed on newsprint. I’ve bought a small printing set to supplement the linocut but got rid of the large paper communal printing idea for this event as there is no table big enough.

I’ve asked my son to print out some QR codes for the links to Vimeo and Soundcloud for sound file archive and videos and I’m going to borrow my other son’s Chrome book for the Google hang-outs live feed to Youtube if I can get a signal on the day.

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In deeper

Yesterday I played around with projections through the cling film ‘curtains’.

I tried initially with the series of Sibelius‘ but without sound.

Louise came to view and thought the extra visuals confused the ‘curtain’ projection.

I thought so too.

I scanned the photos I used to make the drawings and then, today, I projected them as a slide-show.

Again these images in sequence, like the Australia slides, did not work as a sequence.

They definitely distracted from the projection rather than adding to it, or the experience of the installation in total.

I tried the ‘Sibelius‘ series again, this time with sound and the sound seemed to tie them together.

The one below is with ‘Be Still my Soul

I like the way the projection plays on the ‘curtains’ as well as the wall..and the drawings are on the cling-film as well as the wall.

Double – imagery but with distortions, and layers……not sure what I am doing yet but a little concerned as I wanted to keep things simple with a core ‘ feeling’.. not too complex.

I accidentally deleted the one with the loud beginning phase of ‘Finlandia‘ which didn’t work well as just video but with ‘curtain’ seemed better to me as the loudness of the music was tempered by the visuals, I feel?

I can try it again.

I also used some of the fair footage, despite the fact that they all project at 90 degrees when imported directly and played through the Media Player. A common problem according to the ‘Google’ oracle.

Still I really like the abstract images that emerge with the projections and feel that sound really adds something to the whole experience…maybe too much?Joan Jonas doesn’t use loud sounds ..or does she?

Must investigate.

Really enjoying the overlays though.

Some still images below:

No sound as the video quality seems to be rubbish when embedded from Youtube…..

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Also messed with very basic Augmented Reality on my phone as still waiting for new desktop to download  Metia AG

Just to finish off… I slept badly last night and one of the things disturbing me was the refining of my Proposal Question.

It has developed into:

“To what extent does digital technology enable affective re-animation of personal or collective embodied memory of action or event ?”

It sounds very pretentious and not at all practical but I hope it has scope for the practice- base investigation I want to do and also the written dissertation.