Sunday, 19 April 2015

explodingreferencestoometaforreality

2 most excellent video recommendations – both full of truly great knowing nonsense – so many references that I need a notebook – pity about the music ....The Hoff with True Survivor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTidn2dBYbY and Snoop with Too many Pros http://www.vevo.com/watch/USQX91500044  over the weekend watched another adaptation of José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double the first was the double directed by Richard Ayoade - this was The Enemy http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316411/ with Jake Gyllenhaal playing both characters - it really is a 'wot the....' moment at the end - but two hours of discussion later its all clear.

Meanwhile finally back in the newly laid out studio working on developing the handheld structures to explore new ways of moving and eventually using them as pattern generator.  

Friday, 17 April 2015

extractingultraviolence

Spent yesterday morning extracting DNA from strawberries – like you do! Bio Hacking on the Textiles Design Course at NUA - wonderfully basic science – and fun.  Raphael Kim http://biohackanddesign.com/ set up the idea to explore the possibilities available to designers when exploring at a molecular level – I’m adding it to my list of things to do. Managed to see Layer Cake – somehow I had missed it up until now –some excellent ‘old school’ actors acting – who isn’t in it? supported by tight editing and a saucy script. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375912/ but on the other hand – John Wick http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_7 a film with a maximum 2 two page script (mostly grunting), directions that must consist mostly of blood splatter patterns and a revenge plot that is utterly ‘over the top’ but the whole thing is an example of wondrously preposterous ultra violence which unfurls like a deadly but beautiful poisonous snake.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

whydidyoudoit

Forgot to photograph the ceilings – really pleased with the crisp painting detail I've worked on and the lighting in the main rooms - a day listening to old and new sounds – ‘old’ highlights being....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHb7_steTDU a great version of Psycho Killer on the Old Grey Whistle Test and Stretch performing Why did you do it in a most odd setting – but what a great funk beat – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7SloVbbzZc  meanwhile new is from Aidan https://soundcloud.com/aidan-johnson/submotion-orchestra-worries-moegli-johnson-remix - a Submotion Orchestra remix of Worries for a competition – vote for it here https://wavo.me/submotionorchestracomp/worries-remix-competition/submotion_orchestra_worries_moegli_johnson_remix__13459863570810000?u=55243b60731d46c757000332&s=zmpH8X3LpEp6cWnR7JR0m7_ldvY&v=1

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

houseofswag

A joyful way of collecting stuff - Katamari http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katamari_Damacy fun! fun! fun! The experience of playing Katamari has been a little like the last days at the house – cleaning, bundling it all up, getting it outside and then burning – it’s now finished and looks good. It feels like I live in a house that’s in a magazine. It’s all about the detail. just swagging up my snapchat whilst listening to Yung Lean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX1a3JngmpI but unsure if I like it – the irony is slightly too good/close for me to get beyond. 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

lifeanddeathinagame

Well watching a play in the cinema was interesting. A View from the Bridge with Mark Strong (a wonderful performance) but for me the whole point of theatre is that it operates within physical space with real living people so to have the experience mediated through film was a little unsatisfactory. This was especially exposed when considering the language of film with the framing, close up, wide shot, pan etc all seen through the film director’s eyes. The game play in Proteus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proteus_%28video_game%29 is just forward backward left right through a highly pixelated (think flat mind craft) but this simplicity is quite beautiful and all this happens whilst working out what the objective is – the trick is to let everything music and visuals flow over you – rethinking what a video game is for me – and again it all appears to be about life-death.

Meanwhile back to painting and a return to rebuilding the house – almost there.

Monday, 23 March 2015

walkingfilmswalkingfilmsandaparty

A weekend of films and walking. The area around the river and reed beds at the mouth of the river Alde is particularly empty and calming the experience marked with a shifting mirrored ever steady space of shimmer under huge skies. The films...... The One I Love http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2756032/?ref_=tt_rec_tt a film that doesn’t quite know what kind of film it is but maybe that’s okay and Trash http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1921149/ a very-its-quite-bad-but-in-the-end-it-will-all-be-okay kind of film. Looking forward to A View from the Bridge – a live premier from the Young Vick with Mark Strong on Thursday at Aldeburgh cinema. http://www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk/  The house rebuilding has a week to go with kitchen, bathroom and toilet still to be rebuilt but at least I’ve managed to repaint all the ceilings. Thinking of having a party!

Friday, 20 March 2015

youtoocanbecreative

A week of painting ceilings at the building site that is my house was underpinned with seminars and a lecture at NUA – in an attempt to connect what I do as a maker with what I do as an educator I gave a presentation about the recent robotics project using some of the teaching tools I use with the students. This attempt to match what we ask of the students with what I do hopefully explained why we advise them to undertake certain activities – education is good for you! If you turn up! See it on slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/l.bicknell/soft-robotics-with-kings-and-craft-council-45978442 although you will need a link to Aidans soundcloud and then play his tracks under the films within the PowerPoint – yes it was a little DIY messy. But then that was the point....you too can do this. https://soundcloud.com/aidan-johnson