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2013 brought with it many surprises but was mostly a time for me to reflect on my practice and refine my skills. Unlike the previous year summaries I won’t give a massive list of everything that I’ve done – lest I still be writing this article at 23:59 on December 31st – just a couple of selections from the highlights from each month.

January

Nothing, as usual, happend in January

February

AlphabeNt, the book that I presented at GLI.TC/H 2112, finally got its release. The book, by Australian Authors Daniel Purvis and Drew Taylor, remixes the alphabet using glitch art aesthetics. Go buy it! I made a video to celebrate the occasion.

In addition to co-directing the rehang of the FRAME_birmingham exhibition, February also saw the release of Lbire Graphics Magazine 2.1, for which I am now a contributor. Various technical issues have prevented the next release from coming out, but in the meantime go read the current issue, Localisation/Internationalization.

More February news.

March

The main event for this month was Dirty New Media. Since there was no GLI.TC/H 2013 this event was the only chance to bring together many of those from the digital arts, new media and glitch art world.

Being situated within the Barber Institute of Fine Arts presented many interesting opportunities and challenges. They don’t seem so keen on letting me drill holes into the walls 😉 regardless, it was great to challenge the space and situate broken Kindles next to a collection of artworks dating back to the 1500s!

More March news.

April

Another slow month which saw me included in the Art + Copyright online exhibition from Interartive.

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I exhibited some gifs from Copyright Atrophy, which will launch soon. Honest.

More April news.

May

For awhile I have/had felt that I didn’t understand the tools that I was using or how to develop new ones, so in May I took a break from producing artwork. My Github account finally saw some usage and, in general, a lot of coding skills improved! w00t!

I also released this animation which I had been working on sporadically since 2008. Never again.

More May news.

June

The highlight for June was the opening of the Glitch Moment/ums exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery in London, for which I performed at the opening event.

Ever since I graduated from my undergraduate studies I’ve been admiring the work of Furtherfield from afar, so to be included in one of their exhibitions was a highlight of my artistic career! Here’s a little video from the exhibition:

More June news.

July

I took part in a rather special edition of Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB), which saw the usual barrage of artists projected against a backdrop of music from Mark Ronson. At times I couldn’t tell if the projections were supporting the music or vice versa, but I had a good time regardless.

July also saw the release of Multimedia Programming with Pure Data, for which I was a technical reviewer. If you don’t know anything about Pure Data already then I’d recommend getting it!

I also discovered the joys of analogue video hardware.

More July news.

August

An old friend of mine, Gabriella Gardosi, was in the area so we decided to collaborate on some artwork. The combination of noisy digital shapes and organic shapes seemed to work well!

Later that month I also unveiled my reworking of Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch. The original work by Erik Bünger used the aesthetic of a skipping scratched CD as a composition method. I aimed to replicated this using scripts and coding.

More August news.

September

For the Lumiere screenings I did a remix/remake of the Dark, Eerie and Manic video that myself and Alex Juno made earlier in the year.

The highlight for September was definitely doing visuals at SuperByte Festival! Everthing about it – the artists, the musicians, the organisers, the location, the free sweets – was completely awesome 🙂

Photo by Jon Blenky

Photo by Jon Blenky

Above all, I liked being surrounded by a bunch of my peers and friends, and making many more new ones. Even if I don’t do visuals for it next year I’ll still be attending.

More September news.

October

In addition to running in a half-marathon and giving a lecture in internet cultures at Fierce Festival, I was in Arles again for databit.me #3.

This year I had a “guest” spot as a performer at the closing party (last year I was artist in residence there). It was great to meet noteNdo for the first time in three years and also to finally perform with Axel Debeul on the Magnetophon piece.

noteNdo did a great writeup of the event.

More October news.

November

Shortly after getting back from Arles I was off again to Barcelona! I perfomed with Gabriella Gardosi and Kerian Lao as Feedback Symphony at Molécula/The Wrong Biennale. We were joined by musicans Diego Lara, Evgeni Krane and Hugh Tetley.

It was fun again to explore combining two different practices and also great to visit a new city! Spain’s nice 🙂

At the end of the month I curated BYOB Birmingham 2013, my final show of the year, with assitance of the awesome Pete Ashton.

Photo by Katja Ogrin

Photo by Katja Ogrin

We had more projectors than last time and the music reached 11 on the awesome scale. I’m just thankful none of the equipment blew up.

More November news.

December

December is usually a very quiet month, but not this time! I performed at the 7 Days of Sound Festival, took part in a group exhibition in London and then did a decidedly different performance at Come Heavy Sleep with Kindle Theatre.

Photo by Jonathon Blackford

Photo by Jonathon Blackford

This production, which is loosely based around Othello, saw me create my usual style of noisy visuals but it a more controlled way. I also got to stand on a two-metre high plinth in the middle of the stage :-/ Overall, though, it was a very enjoyable challenge for me and great to apply my working style in different areas.

More Decembere news.

And so, that’s it for the year!

I have no definite goals for 2014, but I do hope to do more explorations into the poltical side of my artwork. As many of you will know, I exclusively use Ubuntu Linux and open source software for my work and have done for many years. This isn’t accidental, and I do so that others will be more easily able to access my work and the processes behind it. This area is something I want to focus on more in the future.

See you next year x

Glitch Moment/ums video

Here’s one that I nearly forgot to share. Back in June I was part of the Glitch Moment/ums exhibition at Furtherfield. I was there to perform at the opening, where they also shot a lil’ video that includes me waving my arms around franticly talking about some glitch stuff:

You can read some of Rosa Menkman‘s thoughts behind the exhibition in this interview with we make money not art:

The title of the exhibition ‘Glitch Moment/ums’ references ‘the Glitch Moment(um)’ book I released in 2011. In this book I describe how my first encounter with a piece of glitch art came hand in hand with a feeling of shock. What had once been a first person shooter was now a broken, pixelated vortex of confusion (Jodi, Untitled Game, 2006). I was lost and in awe, trying to come to terms with an experience that seemed unforgivable. But finally, these ruins of expected functionality revealed a new opportunity, a spark of creative energy that showed that something new had taken shape. I felt questions emerge; what is this utterance, and how was it created? Is this perhaps …a glitched video environment? But once I had named the glitch, the momentum -the glitch- was gone …and in front of my eyes suddenly a new form had emerged.

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep happened on 13th and 14th December and it was a great success! It seemed like the audience enjoyed themselves and for me, even though it was only 30 minutes long, it was a really exciting and challenging experience.

In my usual work I have more of a free reign over what I do and don’t as much knowledge of the running order of the performance. That, and I’m not usually performing on a two-metre high platform on stage in front of an audience!

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep

All of the visuals were made using a combination of Pure Data with some hardware things. I may do a write-up of the techniques I used in the hope that it may help others. It was very different from my usual visualisationing that I do in that I had to be a lot more controlled. Each scene needed to have its own personality and be precicely timed to moments in the performance. Essentially, I had to structure my Pure Data patches to shift between scenes. Yeah, will definitely do a write-up.

There’ll be an official video and photos from the performance itself in the future, but until then enjoy these visuals.

Thanks to Kindle Theatre for inviting me to participate in this exciting performance 🙂 It’s a work in progress so expect it to come back bigger, longer and uncut in the future!

Come Heavy Sleep

On Friday 13th (eek) and Saturday 14th December I’ll be making a slight departure from my usual work in clubs and arts festivals to provide visuals for Come Heavy Sleep by Kindle Theatre.

Come Heavy Sleep

Come Heavy Sleep is a passion-fuelled murder story that takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s Othello. This performance tests ideas that will eventually develop into a large-scale ensemble spectacle, fronted by the band The Come Heavies with bold choreography, chopped-up narrative and stunning visuals. The music moves from 16th Century Lute to Noise Pop into Industrial Grindcore and 1950′s-style romantic ballad.

It’s taking place at The Studio at The REP, which has – quite possibly – the biggest screen I’ve ever performed on! Tickets are only £5/£3. Performance starts at 19:45 for 30 mins. Be there or be square!

BYOB Birmingham 2013

BYOB Birmingham 2013 happened on Friday 29th November and was just as awesome as the last one, if not moreso!

Photo by Katja Ogrin

Photo by Katja Ogrin

Photo by Pete Ashton

Photo by Pete Ashton

Photo by Soraya Fatha

Photo by Soraya Fatha

Photo by Katja Ogrin

Photo by Katja Ogrin

In addition to the high quality of the work, I was very impressed by the variety of beamers on show. To go alongside the standard digital projector there were DIY projectors (from Sellotape Cinema), overhead projectors, lasers and even a couple of slide projectors. Plenty of photos and a couple of videos can be found on Tumblr or on Flickr.

Thanks again to all of the artists that took part, Pete Ashton for being a great assistant and Vivid Projects for believing in the decidedly different stuff that I do.

I’ve been part of, in one capacity or another, four BYOBs this year so I think I’ll give it a bit of a break, but keep an eye out for other similar events! Maybe subscribe to my mailing list (once I set it up).

7 Days of Sound Festival

7 Days of Sound Festival kicks off on Monday 2nd December at Althorpe Studios and Gallery in Leamington Spa:

7 Days of Sound is a festival exploring the types of practice which exist between contemporary visual art and experimental music which has been organized by [RHP] CDRs, is hosted by Althorpe Studios and Gallery and was funded by Warwick District Council.

7 Days of Sound is filled with exciting events, new performances, art works, talks and many other projects made by over 50 regional, national and international practitioners at all career stages.

The festival is built around a large exhibition, titled 365 Days of Sound, which both celebrates the past year of [RHP] CDRs activity and looks forward to the coming year. Included in the exhibition are a range of art works, objects, merchandise, articles and other contextual information from the archive which has been built around the artists we work with.

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Net Artist Music Videos

On Friday 6th December I’ll be doing a performance following the Net Artist Music Videos screening, curated by Prosthetic Knowledge. The event starts at 7pm and also includes a performance from Michael Lightborne. It’s gonna be noisy, but I think you probably already knew that.

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From Friday 6th I’ll be part of the Auto-Suggestion group exhibition curated by Declan Ackroyd (glitchee)

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I’ll have a print on show from the Exhausted image series. Other artists being exhibited include: Daniel Temkin (Rottytooth), G1ft3d, Grant Charteris (GHSdude), Haydiroket, Kim Valcourt (Torngarsuk), Nick Kegeyan (Extracrispy), Royal Smith (Jamopi), Sam Mattacott, Stallio!, Vince Mckelvie, Jamie Boulton (Questionsomething), Spencer Kelly (Somethingfunnyishappening) and Declan Ackroyd (Glitchee).

The exhibition will run for two weeks at Rock Paper Scissors in Lincoln. I can’t be there but you should be!

Molécula/The Wrong Biennale

On the 16th November, my last evening of my visit to Barcelona, I perfomed with Gabriella Gardosi and Kerian Lao as Feedback Symphony at Molécula/The Wrong Biennale. We were joined by musicans Diego Lara, Evgeni Krane and Hugh Tetley.

For our performance we projected onto several layers of translucent fabric that were installed in the space. This allowed the projections to be seen from both the front and the back. It was interesting to visuals being interacted with instead of just being observed. It’s an idea that I’ll definitely explore further in the future!

Photos don’t do this experience (you had to be there), but to give you an idea watch this video of a rehearsal from August or just view the photos and videos below:

Feedback Symphony at Mutuo Centro de Arte/The Wrong Biennale

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Feedback Symphony at Mutuo Centro de Arte/The Wrong Biennale

Barcelona

From this performance I think I’ll be looking into exploring the use of animation, drawing and sculpture/installation in my future work. I wonder if there are other local artists who I could collaborate with…