This past weekend I visited London for the OneDotZero_Adventures in Motion Festival, we travelled up on the friday morning and arrived in Southbank late afternoon in time for a showing of some processing pieces in a small screen studio in the BFI, I found that this work was pretty amazing, considering the experiences I have had making relatively simple stuff using processing that these digital artists could create really cool looking pieces of art using the same medium.
Below is a short video I took of one of the clips.
On the friday we also looked at an audio installation using multiple microphones and speakers to create a cool effect when put through specifically designed software which delayed the transmission of some sounds and repeated others…
On the saturday we headed to the Tate where I found that I was not impressed by a large amount of the ‘artwork’ being displayed, it appeared as if most of it could have been done by a child and that all that was need to justify this was reasoning behind the ‘art’. There were obviously stunning pieces of artwork that must have required enormous amounts of skill to create, but on the most part I found I was getting frustrated by the rediculously simple artifacts that were left in glass containers and called modern art…
There were a couple of video pieces I found particularly irritating however, one was a video of a tramp kicking a bin down the street and the other was of some rubbish being blown about in the wind.
I found these annoying because there is no reason to waste space in a popular ART gallery with this when there are truly talented artists out their who struggle to get their work shown effectively!
But I am going off on a tangent here and getting into the dangerous territory of the question ‘What is art?!’
Below are a few pictures from the trip the the Tate.
Below is a photograph of one of the pieces that particularly irritated me because of what the piece actually looks like (feces strewn across the floor) HOW IS THIS ART?! …
After leaving the Tate gallery we returned to the BFI, we took a look around the exhibits we hadn’t had a chance to look at on Friday night, there was an app on shown called Granimator which looked quite interesting but my favorite exhibit was a lighting piece using small lightbulbs and small mirrors pieced together into a hanging row of 6 which switched on and off in different sequences creating a very cool effect on the floor and walls of the dark room in which the exhibit was located.
Mirror lighting exhibit:
Our final stop was a large cinema in the BFI in which a future cities film was shown, I have added a trailer of these clips.
All in all the weekend was very impressive however I was fairly disappointed with the size of the onedotzero ‘festival’ as it consisted of a couple of exhibits and 3 theaters when I was more expecting a larger event type layout such as E3 (the video games show).
I have watched the film/documentary recently that is about a internet ‘visionary’ Josh Harris, this film covers his main experiment which was a psychological one that is in some ways very similar to Big Brother that is seen nowadays…
The impression you get when first introduced to Josh Harris on the film is he has a similar persona to other well known technology legends such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who both appear to have prickly and sometimes unfriendly characters which people either love or hate.
During the film you begin to think that Josh Harris might not be quite as mentally stable as I originally thought, a few of his actions and experiments are so weird that they question his sanity.
Throughout the project in which the participants live in small box’s with only a tv showing a live stream of the rest of the premises, the actions of the residents become weirder and weirder especially as the participants become more comfortable with one another. This continues to escalate, with people firing guns dangerously in the firing range until the whole project is eventually closed down by the new york authorities and everybody is kicked out.
This weekend I am going to the onedotzero_adventures in motion festival at BFI Southbank London.
It is billed as “the worlds most innovative audio-visual festival” so it will be interesting to hopefully see some inspiring work which will help me with ideas for future course projects aswell as non-course work!
I will post up with stuff that I find interesting at the show once I get back!
For DAT101 we were given the task of researching somebody else on our course, finding out all the details we could about them on the internet and writing a biography for this we could use a wide range of resources such as Facebook and Google etc…
After find out all the true facts that we could about the person we were given, in my case Oliver Jones, we had to search using their name and put together an alter ego for them based on facts about people found with the same name.
Below is the result of my findings briefly condensed into a short biography.
Oliver Jones – 1821–1899
Oliver Jones was born 1821, he lived for some time in Canada where he was a classical jazz pianist, organist and arranger also becoming a politician.
Drawing on his musical expertise in Canada he became a popular UK Dubstep DJ aka Skream.
Other careers he has followed include being a client manager at Communicaid, shortly after this he persuded a career in law drawing on his vast Law education in which he is was highly accredited.
His law related education is listed below.
Bar Vocational Course, City Law School, 2008-2009 (1st in year, Outstanding).
Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, 2007-2008 (Distinction).
Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, 2001-2006 (1st in year, 1st class).
Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 2001-2004 (1st class).
Aswell as this he is now studying at University Of Plymouth Studying Digital Art and Technology after studying Photography at Plymouth College of Art.
Oliver now lives in Plymouth working at Kodak and likes Eminem and Old spice!
The sources from which I gained the extremely precise information are: