The piano parts were salvaged from a local arts centre who were throwing away this old piano. With instructions to break it up and put it into the skip, the piano was thrown down the stairs. I recorded the sound of this act and thought of all the hundreds of people who would have played this instrument and the different tunes and memories embeddded within its components. Continue reading “Death of a Piano”
The coming of industry, scientific inventions, man and machine and unsung art heroes comprise this fragmented film collage that plays with notions of linear time lines and a prescribed canon of art history.
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