Curiosity killed the Cat is a self generating motorised installation/art piece. By Lanz. 20 x 20 x 22
November 2013 – Leipzig, Germany King Size Galerie
Icelandic artist Egill Sæbjörnsson hired me to develop his idea. A self-generating piece where real ‘sticks’ interact with video balls.
The stick movements were self-generated by the machine and the projected images of balls detected collisions and then bounced with ‘real’ physics. I developed the technology behind the pieces over 3 months at Egill’s studio in Berlin. As well as programming the motors I also created the visuals with Björn Halldór Helgason creating the soundscape for the pieces. The pieces are currently being exhibited for 2 months at HopStreet Gallery in Brussels ending 04 May 2013 they will also be shown at ArtBrussels 18-21st April 2013. I developed a prototype for the idea using Isadora for the brain of the piece with Processing handling the physics. However, after much thought I settled on using Max to realise Egill’s ideas with its built in jit.phys objects and fast workflow I could manage the whole project within one software. The sticks were controlled by stepper motors which were controlled via an arduino. If anyone is particularly interested in how this was done get in touch.
Originally developed in Amsterdam, we played in several cities across the Netherlands. Recently up for the Samuel Beckett Award at the Barbican in London. Anyone who’s seen the 90s black and white french classic ‘La Haine‘ will know the story, however, ‘Hate’ is based in London. I’m the AV designer and programmer for the show. ‘Hate’ is still a work in progress.
Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (KHiO) called me to Oslo, Norway, to live vision mix the week long Oslo International Acting Festival at KHiO. There were interviews and discussions with some of the best schools in the world in front of an audience of actors. (I learnt so much about acting on this job)
The show ran on Blackmagics ATEM vision mixing software with 3 Sony PMW-EX1 cameras individually operated.
Pure Risk Entertainment invited me to India to make a documentary and design the sound for Pure Risk Entertainment’s project Peter Pan the Dansical. Working with children from Vishwas Helpline Charitable Trust and Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidyamandir we put together the show especially designed for an Indian audience heavily based around songs and dance we told the Story of Peter Pan. Without a spare seat in the house it attracted a lot of attention and made the News. The children learnt many crafts along the way, these shy children became so proud of themselves as they stood in front of cameras and hundreds of people telling their own story of Peter Pan the Dansical.
I learnt that insurance for taking camera equipment into India is expensive! We decided to hire equipment there and play by the Indian camera hire company rules. No insurance, you break it, you pay for it. Luckily enough all went well. When working in these places with such equipment a local guide is essential for many reasons. If others are planning to film in southern India I hired my equipment from Vineet Videos in Bangalore they have a good selection of broadcast quality gear.