Ways of Something at Flatpack Festival, 9th April

Flatpack Festival, in association with Vivid Projects, will be presenting the first UK screening of all four episodes of Ways of Something on 9th April from 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm at The Victoria.

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.

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, 28th October 2016 – 5th February 2017

Ways of Something, the visual remix/remake of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, will be seeing a screening at Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art: from 28th October 2016 to 5th February 2017.

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Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot fifth-floor galleries, and will include a film series in the third-floor theater.

The exhibition’s title refers to the science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s alternate fictional dimension, whose terrain of cities, forests, mountains, and an underworld can be visited only through dreams. Similarly, the spaces in Dreamlands will connect different historical moments of cinematic experimentation, creating a story that unfolds across a series of immersive spaces.

The exhibition will be the most technologically complex project mounted in the Whitney’s new building to date, embracing a wide range of moving image techniques, from hand-painted film to the latest digital technologies. The works on view use color, touch, music, spectacle, light, and darkness to confound expectations, flattening space through animation and abstraction, or heightening the illusion of three dimensions.

If you don’t already know about Ways of Something just Google it 😉 Over 100 international artists have reinterpretd Ways of Seeing in their own aesthetic and style. I had a bit in Episode 2.

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I’m having a major case of #FOMO that I can’t be there to see it so you should see it for me). Thanks as always to Lorna Mills for the invite!

Ways of Something screening and Q&A – 12th March

After having its UK debut at The Photographer’s Gallery in early February, Ways of Something episodes 1-3 will be having their West Midlands premier at Vivid Projects on 12th March.

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Ways of Something is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s classic BBC documentary, ‘Ways of Seeing’ (1972).

The project consists of one-minute videos by 85 web-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, GIFs, film remixes, webcam performances, and websites. The original audio track is retained, disrupted by an exuberant series of 60-second artworks contributed by artists working across the world.

Join us on Thursday 12 March for the Birmingham premiere of episodes 1 & 2 (2014) and the recently completed episode 3 (2015).

The screening will be followed by a discussion with artist Lorna Mills (via Skype), Dr Richard Clay, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at University of Birmingham and contributing artist Antonio Roberts (UK).

‘Ways of Something’ marks the official launch of Vivid Projects’ new programme RADICAL NETWORKS. All are welcome to join us after the discussion for drinks to celebrate the start of our 2015 programme.

This is a free event, but booking is strongly recommended to reserve your place.

It’s free y’all!

Ways of Something episode 2

Earlier in 2014 I was invited by Lorna Mills to contribute a one-minute video to Ways of Something:

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Ways of Something”, is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s BBC documentary, “Ways of Seeing” (1972). Commissioned by The One Minutes, at the Sandberg institute in Amsterdam and compiled by Lorna Mills, the project consists of one-minute videos by fifty eight web-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of artmaking after the internet.

In the original episode one, voice-of-God narration over iconic European paintings offer a careful dissection of traditional “fine art” media and the way society has come to understand them as art. The second episode is a contentious and sometimes maddening look at the female nude in the western tradition.

The combined work is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet.

Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices to videomaking, “Ways of Something” is constituted by aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media and the internet. Ultimately, it turns the highbrow nature of the original documentary film into a exuberant and disjointed series on how artists understand art today.

Ways of Something episodes 1 and 2 (my video is in episode 2) will be having its premier screening on September 6th at TRANSFER in New York, with many more screenings to follow. Keep watch of the Events page for upcoming screening dates.

Thanks again to Lorna Mills for asking me to be part of this project alongside so many awesome artists!