Glitch art was key to the social media campaign in the build up to the Whitworth reopening. Using archive imagery of the gallery and the artworks themselves, I have been experimenting with different approaches to glitching imagery, from online apps to playing around with code. Here is one of the videos we used that included pictures of young people on an outreach photography day in Manchester, pieces from the textile collection and Whitworth park.
I created a soundwave Alphabet by recording my own voice speaking each letter of the alphabet and then recreating the wave fragments to form 3D individual soundwave sculptures . The pictures below are of the letter Z. I then started to think about the sound of the sculpture so I used Audiopaint to convert the visuals back into sound to realise the new sonic shape and complete the circle.
Exploring macro photography and darkroom environments to create sonic visual photographs. The perspective is warped as the viewer looks immediately and beyond the carved paper.
Plotting sound samples from the grid cities of Venice, Chandigarh and New York using Ableton, I transposed these into 3D paper shapes by plotting a 4 x 4 grid area with each section correlating to a different sound, When the participant/composer selects a combination of 4 sounds to create a unique soundscape on the Ableton session window, these correlating physical areas were cut out of the material paper grids. Thereby seeing the the 3D shape of the soundscape.
Whitworth Art Gallery asked me to project manage the first stage and digital strand of this journey, to creatively consult Mancunian young people through the question ‘How do you connect with art?’. We worked with 8 different youth groups in Manchester, some who were and some who weren’t already engaged in the arts
Each workshop included an arts activity that they may not have tried before, highlighted ways they could get involved with Circuit and consultation activities to find out…
- What are the young people in to right now – culturally or social
- How they communicate and share tastes + information
- What their ambitions and hopes for the future are
- What they thought about art galleries
Circuit Manchester Film
We created a film that responded to this question that gave us a picture of young peoples views in the city.
I documented the project through a dedicated blog that had a post for each youth group we worked with. The blog contains short videos and images of the sessions and outlines the key findings and opinions from each group. click on the link here…
Workshops and approaches
I was keen to offer a wide range of artistics mediums, we delivered session in
- screenprinting at the skatepark
- musical theatre + visual art connections
- beatboxing and soundscapes
- wire sculpture
- photography and fashion
- cyanatype photography
Human Bar Chart
This is the very start of a four year project that will culminate in a youth festival right here in Manchester. Its going to be interesting!
is one of eight participating galleries, setting out on a journey to engage young people to arts and galleries by offering a programme of exciting arts opportunities, talent & creative skills development, links to artists and industry and leadership opportunities.
Circuit Digital Strand Project Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery
- Introduce the notion of experimental music and sound, raising the awareness of sound in their daily lives through keeping sound diaries
- Develop listening skills
- Introduce key sound artists including John Cage & Joseph Bueys
- Make junk instruments
- Create a Graphical score and look at the links between symbols and sound
- Create their own soundscapes
- Perform as ‘Noise Orchestra’!
Throughout the sessions we undertook Sound Drawing exercises through listening to a wide range of soundscapes and field recordings encouraging the young people to draw how the sound made them feel and what they thought the sound looked like. Over the project we assembled a Sound Dictionary containing all the descriptive words we had come across when talking about sound. We asked the group to keep sound diaries at home and write down or draw reflections on different activities or times of the day.
Junk Instruments and Graphical Scores
Working in teams we created four different types of instrument, these were straw flutes, tubes, shakers and drums. Through playing these instruments the groups had to decide on a variety of symbols that related to the specific sounds they could make from the materials. Taking turns we then organised ourselves into the noise orchestra and drew a graphical score which we performed at the final session.
Taking it in turns to conduct we performed our tracks in the final session. Each sound had it’s own symbol and was painted onto a huge graphical score with a key. Check out the video below…
To accompany the miniature theatre show of ‘The Icebook’ (worlds first projection mapped pop up book and part of the Big Imaginations childrens theatre festival) I ran a Big Draw workshop for audience members who had watched the show. The show itself is a magical experience using paper, light and projections. I wanted to reflect the aesthetics of the show and run a fun and engaging workshop for adults and children alike.
In the session we created our own miniature ice books using layers of tracing paper to build up a sequence of hand drawn images that were visible through each turn of the page. On completion the layers were stitched together with silver thread and either taken home (most people did this) or suspended on a coat hanger installation in our Cafe space.
I encouraged the use of a variety of different drawing tools including charcoal, pens and felt tips, and this coupled with the variety if papers meant that the ice books were highly individual and each took on its own distinct character
With the drawings themselves, we wanted them to reflect on the themes of the play (fantasy, princesses, discovery and scary woods). Participants could draw what ever they liked in their icebooks or choose from templates or prompt questions and activities. We encouraged memory drawing (always a brilliant and surprising exercise) through asking people to draw what they remembered from the show, or how you may change the ending. The templates and prompt layers also served as visual evaluation material for the show by asking people to draw their face after the show or draw/write 3 words or feelings about the show.
The responses turned out to be quite abstract and it was so interesting to see peoples reflections, Over the course of the day (there were 8 showings of the play) the installation grew and grew. The children particularly like organising the layers of their books, organising their reflections and images into the ‘right’ order. Stitching the books on the sewing machine and hanging them up added a little bit of drama for them. it was a really fun and relaxing day and we had some great discussions round the tables too! Here are some images from the workshops…
To find out more about The Ice Book show, visit the Ice Book website.