Thursday, 30 April 2009

what was our budget for it again? this could get expensive real fast. £1.48 for paper? wow. 

so the plan is to go up to london graphics on tuesday afternoon, pick our colours, get them cut in the workshops at the ica and start work i guess? 

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Coloured Paper

Loads of colours here in A1(which will be too big to crop on the machine in college....);

Friday, 24 April 2009

sound for show

This is what Raine and I had spoken about the day before but I couldn’t work out how to explain. The idea was to have the conversations on an audio loop following the visual transcribed spoken word. To try and have the conversations following the viewer as they walk around the room. So the speakers would be on loops, by each transcribe, the timing based on how long it takes to walk around the room or maybe just the one wall where there will be the only complete transcribed word on that night? I think this is probably more like it INIT? Just one wall with the spoken word on loop. Yea?

Sunday, 19 April 2009

No comments.

For some reason I can't comment. Anyone care to explain?
However, Tom, I think the speed-dating is an excellent idea. Putting everyone in the same awkward situation always seems to warm people to one another, it forces everyone to be a whole lot more open than they'd like. If we're going to do this then we should come up with a list of recommended conversation topics that we can leave at the entrance, one for each guest. On one side it could have the conversation topics and then on the other some kind of manifesto about us and why we're here. Make it a proper nice document, something for people to take home.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

One of my english a level english language/literature a level questions....

what on earth shall we do chaps?

okay, so, our piece we gots to do...

right, we got to show ourselves off, we have to invite people in, to introduce ourselves to others, to make ourselves known. how do we do this? normally at a private view its pretty awkward, no one is really talking to each other, no one that they dont know anyway. we basically have to force people to talk to us. okay, so first idea....


Friday, 17 April 2009

Idea for private view

I started thinking about it yesterday with thread but realised we could make use of the walls by using coloured card.....we take conversations(overheard, found, ones from films...) and transcribe them  and then count words per utterance, duration of utterance etc. and also group each utterance into a certain colour depending on I don't know what(maybe tone of whats being said).
Boring conversations on one theme wouldn't look as exciting as one that was jumping around from one subject to another with lots of interupting. We could have 5 different conversations up next to each other and look at how different interactions between people can be. We could for example have; the conversation between people who vaguely know each other and have run into eachother in the street, the awkward conversation between two shy people who have just met for the first time, two people trying to impress eachother by boasting about how much their jewellery cost, two people brainstorming ideas for an exhibition they want to put on,a couple in could perhaps make people think about how wasteful they are with their words when they are capable of such creativity, inspiration and emotional engagement.
Does that make any sense?

A&A Review

Tuesday night was set to be an evening of unparalleled bad taste. Apes and Androids have something of a reputation for outlandish posturing and baroque histrionics that runs through both their music and live performances. Somewhere between Freddie Mercury and The Mars Volta, if such a middle ground exists. Heartbreak, their warm-up act, were, I was informed, cut from a similar cloth. Needless to say I had built up a certain excitement; the majority of gigs I’ve attended of late have been low-key shoe-gazing affairs. Yet it seemed that my anticipation of an electro-glam orgy of operatic showmanship was not to be the grand event imagined. Initially there were rumours of painfully small ticket sales; rumours that turned into facts upon entering the near-empty auditorium to witness the start of Heartbreak’s set. Coupled with that, Apes and Androids had suffered a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ mistakenly abandoning half of their clothing at their London digs after a laundry session.
But fears of disappointment were quickly put to bed as Heartbreak got into their stride. Feet began to tap and bodies to casually gyrate; the crowd were determined to enjoy the evening in spite of their small number. Heartbreak quickly became something of a guilty pleasure. Their puritanical treatment of 80’s synth produced some painfully catchy tunes, especially their finale ‘We’re Back’, a euro-pop extravaganza that is desperately uncool by any standards but had even the most stoic members of the audience showing signs of movement. Argentine frontman Sebastian Muravchix, clearly not content to simply revive the music of the 80’s took it upon himself to bring back the dance moves too, treating the audience to a wide array of power poses and air punching. This proved mildly disturbing yet endlessly entertaining, the same feeling you get watching your dad’s late-night strutting at a wedding.
After a well-deserved break and some social lubrication, we were back in the auditorium ready for whatever Apes and Androids had decided to throw our way (vast quantities of sparkling confetti, it later emerged). Having managed to locate the rest of their clothing it looked like the remainder of the evening would progress unhindered. In true rock’n’roll style they emerged onto a stage swathed in darkness, a bassy dirge the only sign of their arrival, aside of course from the silhouettes of their waif-like frames prancing to and fro. And then the noise arrived, thick and fast. Lights went up, drums were beaten, guitars and synthesisers tinkled masterfully and an array of operatic vocals spilled into the air. From the word go Apes were determined to impress, visually and musically, pairing fiercely intricate guitar solos with tight shimmering leggings, meticulous beats with vibrant face paints. At times they were reminiscent of At The Drive In, at others Sparks, but all the while they maintained a sound entirely their own, no matter how many times comparisons are made to MGMT. ‘Hot Kathy’, ‘Nights of the Week’ and ‘Radio’ were firm favourites but finale ‘Creepy Girls’ had the crowd punching the air until the last bit of reverb had died from their amps. This is a band that definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Thursday, 2 April 2009


oh and does anybody know why i can't paste into the box as i'm typing? it just appears below.....


I was interested by alot of what Richard Birkett talked about, especially when he talked about how what was being said and how it was being said being important simultaneously. It made me think of a film piece of Noam Chomsky by Cornelia Parker I'd seen at the Whitechapel about a year ago;
" Parker's recent interview 'Chomskian Abstract' captures the theorist Noam Chomsky urging people to bypass the apathy of legisation, government, major coorporations, institutions and the complicit media and to take responsiblity for global warming in order to engender serious socio-economic change. This edition 'Wake Up!' was produced to coincide with the presentation of 'Chomskian Abstract' at the Whitechapel from February to March 2008, and further reiterates the artists concerns with environmental issues'
I knew that Chomsky was a political activist but i also recently found out that he is a linguist who has developed 'epoch -making theories'. His knowledge and understanding of language is probably what causes him to deliver everything he says in such a calm, engaging and interesting manner so as to appeal to as many people as possible (what is being said as well as how.)
This isn't what I saw at the Whitechapel.....