MAKING DIGITAL ART
ROUGH NOTES USED DURING….
WMA TRAINING SESSIONS
commissioned and run by Film & Video Umbrella, London.
The session “Making Digital Art” was presented by Lucy Kimbell and Jake Tilson in 2002.
West Midlands Arts for curators/commissioners, managers, funders/planners, technicians and practitioners in that region. The programme is intended to increase overall awareness and understanding of artists’ digital media; to provide a forum for debate/networking/discussion; to encourage the production of new work and to develop audiences for digital art in the region.
Project: Hungerford Bridge, Tides and Trains.
Published audio work 1998-1999.
• a visit to Sweden
I was asked to participate in a music-arts event in Gothenberg by the jazz musician Biggi Vinkeloe and the artist Andrew Cowie. I’d worked with them before. They particularly wanted an audio work from me.
• digital audio
I took my digital audio tape recorder and Hi8 camcorder to record under various bridges in London. Hungerford Bridge gave the most interesting results. The water sound there seemed three-dimensional due to its stoney shoreline. People passing under the bridge echoed, adding to the 3-D effect and separating them from the sounds of the river.
• a cold, abandoned, pump station
Over the weekend event there were live performances by artists musicians and dancers.
Back in London what prompted me to publish Hungerford Bridge was some piggyback printing on offer. On many commercial offset litho print jobs there is excess space on the printed sheet – which normally gets thrown away. I always make use of this space. But I only had a few days to think of what to put on this particular spare space, and to design it. The space available was long and thin.
• self publication - Atlas
I’ve published my own work for 22 years – and also edited and published collaborative art-literary magazines called LAZA7 CIPHER and Atlas, from 1977 until 1994.
• promote and distribute
As a Arts Council fund receiver from and arts&literary magazines grant - in 1984 I attended a seminar they organised on direct marketing. The chairman asked for a show of hands of publishers who included subscription info or other works available information within their publications. Out of 80 people only two put up their hands. I’m glad to say I was one of them. Maintaining communication with your existing audience is important. I produce a small Microwebsite that is advertised on the publication packaging itself – this expands the content and context of the work.
3 what happens next?
At this point a published work begins to have a life of its own and makes connections in unexpected ways.
• A friend heard it being played in an ambient room in a night club.
• A shop in Kensington asked if I minded if they played it as background sound. It is also used in the design bookshop MAGMA.
• The design team Rebecca & Mike Heath were exhibiting graphic design work by the late designer Barney Bubbles at Artomatic in London. They didn’t like the sound in the building so they asked me if they could use Hungerford Bridge to give the space a more positive feel.
I actually got to see and hear this usage of the work.
|London - 2002|