Take a mashup of images historically specific to the 21st century, bring them into direct relation with John Berger’s 1972 critique of western art traditions (see Ways of Seeing), and with no cut corners you have Ways of Something. Conceiving this intergenerational commingling was Canadian artist and curator Lorna Mills, who incentivised 114 network-based artists to each contribute one-minute video snippets overlaid on Berger’s original script and voice-over. The resulting heady stew of animation, 3D rendering, gifs, film remix and webcam performance is presented in association with Vivid Projects.
The screening will be preceded with an introduction by Antonio Roberts
Lorna Mills, features 114 net-based artists reinterpreting John Berger’s original Ways of Seeing, leaving only the original script and voice-over in tact. The resulting piece features animation, 3D rendering, gifs, film remix and webcam performance.
I’ll be there wearing my Vivid Projects Curator hat and will be doing a short introduction to the screening (I contributed to episode two). It’s also worth checking out the screening of the original Ways of Seeing that will be happening a day earlier on 8th April. In fact, just check out the whole of Flatpack Festival ’cause it’s awesome.
BYOB Birmingham happened on Friday 16th March and it was a great success! For those who like statistics, in the end the event had 18 artists (plus videos from VIVID’s archives), 22 beamers, and nearly 200 people attend.
My thanks for making the night awesome go to:
Flatpack Festival, which has been going for six years, for putting on a great festival and allowing BYOB to be part of it
VIVID, whose amazing gallery space was perfectly suited for this event. There were worries about there being too many cables and causing a power outage due to too many beamers, but the excellent VIVID staff were on hand to make sure it all went swimmingly
Bobby Bird from Modulate and Gary Judge (aka Arcade) for providing awesome music throughout the night. Many times I received comments about how well the music matched the event. Also, Cylob FTW!
Shelly Knotts, for being helping me on the day, taking photos, keeping me sane, and for buying me lunch 😉
Rafaël Rozendaal, for coming up with the BYOB idea and allowing anyone to do as they wish with it
The people of Birmingham and West Midlands, for coming out in your hundreds to support the event
And last, but not least, my thanks go to all of the artists that traveled from all over the country to be part of BYOB Birmingham!
If any of my readers took any gifs, photos or videos (even phone quality is great) upload them to Flickr/Youtube/Vimeo and tag them “BYOB Birmingham” or send them to email@example.com and, with your permission, they’ll be used in a video documenting the event.
We are pleased to announce the Birmingham edition of Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB), taking place on Friday 16th March at VIVID as part of Flatpack Festival. BYOB is an international series of one-night exhibitions inviting artists, armed with films and projectors, to convene and explore the art of projection in an immersive environment of moving light, sound and performance.
Do you have a projector? And an original video work (by that we mean a film you made/ have permission to screen)? If so, BYOB Birmingham needs you! You’re invited to submit films to be considered for inclusion at Birmingham’s first BYOB event.
Participants will be required to provide their own laptop or DVD player, and a projector (it can be analogue or digital). Participants are responsible for their own equipment at all times.
To get involved fill out this form. Deadline is Friday 24th February at 23:59
Please send any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org