July 31st, 2011
I’m so excited about my upcoming collaboration with
Surface Area Dance Theatre :: [http://www.surfacearea.info/home.html]
I will be working on the new piece Hard Sell [ here's the blog of the project >> http://the-hard-sell.blogspot.com/ ]
along with Nicole Vivien Watson [director, amazing dancer and choreographer] and couple of dancers.
The piece Hard Sell will be premiered in August at Dance City, Newcastle.
My role in this piece will be recording video of the performance.. recording details and close ups of the performance .. moving around in between dancers with the camera .. there will be a live camera feed and everything i will see through an eye of the cam will be projected in a real time on a big screen…
I’ve been also commissioned to prepare all ‘digital’ promotional material – photos, poster design etc.
I did recent photoshoot with Nicole Vivien Watson at Sunderland Museum for the Hard Sell project.
Here are some of the pictures I’ve made :: [ Canon 5D, lens 24-70 ]
some more .. with different styles
using photos I’ve made … I’ve designed Poster and flyer for the Hard Sell,
Flyer front ::
Flyer back ::
/ Japanese noise has its roots as much in free jazz, experimental rock music and contemporary classical music, as in traditional or classical Japanese musics. Part of the “noise” that unites highly disparate musics under the banner of noise music is precisely a disruption of Western music and its genres./
/ Arthur Kroker: “Hearing has always been alchemical, a violent zone where sound waves mutate into a sedimentary layer of cultural meanings, where historical referents secrete into contemporary states of subjectivity, and where there is no stability, only an aural logic of imminent reversibility” (Spasm: Virtual Reality, Android Music, Electric Flesh (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993). The alchemy is one the body, the ears, the sound, noise, codings, listening practices etc. and cannot be definitively described or known, except as a statement about how a particular society, at a particular time, seeks to encode, to end transformations./
/ But it is Bataille’s conception of immanence that is of interest here, as its dividing off of animal from human stands in parallel to that of noise and music, with the former term the always (to be) excluded that can return, but which ‘we’ cannot be. Bataille suggests that the animal is like “water in water”, which seems to be what is happening if immersed in noise, if liable to suggest some kind of sacrificial wholeness, a form of rescue. Japanese noise will not get us there, any more than sacrifice. Immanence is not only what is beyond (performative negativities like object, nature, the other) but what is (not) beyond: that which is the beyond of the beyond, only insofar as there is no such place to be. /
/ Noise is excluded for being too natural, but also for being unnatural. Rupert Taylor, in a burst of retrospective utopianism, asserts that “at the same time man was learning to create pleasurable stimuli to his sense of hearing, in other words to create music, he was beginning to pollute his surroundings and blunt his hearing by making more and more loud and unpleasant crashes and bangs, grindings and rumbles” (The Law Relating to Noise, 16). Much, maybe all considerations in terms of noise as a social issue presume noise is that which is to be reduced (not wrongly, but…) — so that we can return to what is best for us (“like water and air pollution, most noise is the result of the decision for technological progress at the expense of the human environment”.[28, 29] The “human environment”, endlessly stabilised, is not nature, however, and is not to contain silence. In fact, contain silence is precisely what it does, offering endless background noise (sometimes in the form of music) in order to actively silence, argues Attali. /
July 26th, 2011
month ago .. Myself, Andrzej took part in Factory Nights at Middlesborough. Along with a group of artists and writers, we had a chance to discover abandoned Captian Cook Pub [one of the oldest pubs in UK, also an informal brothel] and Transporters Bridge ! >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesbrough_Transporter_Bridge
climbing the very high bridge was the scariest part, almost extreme! :D
Factory Nights is a great initiative.. It is bringing participants to incredibly inspiring unusual context, by organising meetings at abandoned warehouses, derelict pubs, old printers or on a steal bridge 50metres above the ground.
It helps artists to generate new ideas and exchange, gain inspiration, meet possible collaborators and find interesting historical facts about the area
[ first railway was installed actually in here! - Darlington close to Middlesborough .. back than there was an incredible rapid expenasion of steal and coal industry .. more here - a bit of Middlesbrough history >> http://www.englandsnortheast.co.uk/Middlesbrough.html
Factory Nights are giving fantastic opportunities to get into the places / spaces which are normally closed to public..
I'm deeply fascinated with urban scapes and post-industrial exploration, this trip was perfect ! I'm very happy that i could take part in it...
After each Factory Nights meeting artists are asked to submit the proposal for the artwork which responds to particular place where the meeting too place. Some selected works will be commissioned and funded by Red Nile.
I've submitted my proposal for the video artwork inspired by Captain Cook abandoned Pub [which was also an informal brothel years ago, when the industry was blossoming] hopefully i’ll be successful with it.
i’ve produced previously number of works related to North-East industrial scape and filmed in Middlesborough and Hartlepool, but this area its so fascinating rich and full, that i feel like doing more and more and discovering it constantly.
Currently I’m in the process of producing another artwork, which will be filmed in Middlesborugh and closest areas.. i’m collecting the material, shooting the footage. i’ll post some more details when it will be ready :)
Blade Runner ::
some interesting facts on Middlesbrough, particularly Seal Sands – huge industrial are close to Middlesbrough.
.. some people my not know about that ..
Riddley Scott was actually raised in Middlesbrough, this city and its landscape became an inspiration for his famous Blade Runner movie ..
and the first opening scene of Blade Runner is a model of the Seal Sands landscape with its massive chemical plants, ‘cosmic’ high chimneys, and huge flames coming out from them..
on one of the previous trips i made this photo : [Seal Sands area]
some official information on Red Nile and Factory Nights event :: if anyone is interested in attending the next meeting :)
Rednile Projects is an arts company. Rednile initiate collaborative arts projects with artists, specialists, business and communities often in temporary, non art settings. rednile create and commission artworks that respond to site and aim to leave a lasting legacy within the fabric of a place.
Just see what happens/Factory Nights is not a workshop/to explore/without prescribed results/may vary as a unique way of commissioning/to reveal/ing ways to reinvent art/workers are defiantly hands on/resourceful artists wanted/Factory Nights is not a discussion event/for the brave/could appropriate the landscape/may expose/the exchange of information/ ideas and skills/Lets make again/ lets play/ing intensifies our intention to the world/sharing a market of ideas/with places and people we would not normally meet/join us for unique opportunities
The launch of a brand new programme of Factory Nights and Unique Opportunities for 2011-2012….
Factory Nights is an innovative, new approach to commissioning art work and inspiring collaboration. Each Factory Night session is completely different depending on the mix of attendees and the venue. They are experimental and spontaneous, often responding to tip offs from locals as to where interesting buildings or sites may lie. People who attend are encouraged to get out of it what they need whether that be new contacts, making work, ideas, skill sharing or feedback on current work.
There will be 10 Factory Nights events held in interesting venues throughout West Midlands, North East and as far away as India and Peru. There will also be 10 unique opportunities for attendees to then apply for bursaries between £1k-£3k to conduct research residencies, collaborations or produce a piece of work responding to the space. There will also be bursaries available to artists who want to attend Factory Nights from outside the region/s.
The first Factory Nights of 2011 will be an inspiring working session that brings together writers and artists who would like to gain insight into the Greater Middlehaven regeneration area, Middlesbrough. Attendees will view the site 49m above water from the top of Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge, one of only three still in existence in Britain. Attendees will also get a chance to explore the closed Captain Cook Public House which is an important Grade II listed building in the St Hilda’s and is also part of the Greater Middlehaven regeneration area. rednile have linked up with Writers’ Block NE to present this Factory Night who coincidentally are working with Listenupnorth on a writing competition which will be part of Middlesbrough Council’s Transporter Bridge Centenary celebrations.
Factory Nights are free and informal sessions that simply provide an opportunity for creative people to come together in an interesting venue and supportive environment to make work or initiate ideas. Artists and writers attending are encouraged to bring to the sessions something they have been working on as a starting point to networking/collaborating and to develop new ideas inspired by the space and other attendees.
and pics pics pics ! [transporters bridge + captain cook pub] ::
Captain Cook //
July 21st, 2011
Residency at Stratford Grove 25 :: Ewelina Aleksandrowicz & Andrzej Wojtas
this monday we started our week long residency at SG25 gallery.. so far so good :) it is amazing to work with Carole Luby and produce artwork which responds to the SG25 space …
as a result of our work through the week in a space we are going to exhibit couple of video pieces….
our exhibition show is coming this saturday. [23rd] at 6.
several video installations around the space.. [all the material was prepared during the week of residency in the space while interacting with the space and experiencing it.. video material was made in response to existing situations and spontaneous ideas inside 25sg]
Dragonflies in my wardrobe ::
Andrzej Wojtas and Ewelina Aleksandrowicz are UK based artists who are working within the area of digital media – video, DIY electronics, physical computing and AV performance. Their practice involves a wide range of interdisciplinary activities from video art and short forms to circuit bending, and wearable technologies.
Hidden stories of 25sg, Stalker in the hallway, Magic triangle on the wall, Soft curves of the mattress, Conversations in the bathroom, Journey through the Secret Garden, Domestic Peep Show, Surveillance behind the mirrors, Ubiquitous sounds of the human behavior, Multifaceted transparent eyes.
For more information about the artists please visit: http://niochnioszki.net
Ewelina and Andrzej will be in residence at 25 Stratford Grove from 19th – 23rd July.
We hope you will be able to join us for their performance on the Saturday.
A timetable of the event will be available on Friday 22nd July. Stay tuned!
July 21st, 2011
OSKAR DAWICKI? / RĘCE KTÓRE LECZĄ / ENERGETYZACJA WODY / KASZPIROWSKI / SPIRALA? / PUSSYKREW / HIPNOTYZER? / CZERWONY KWADRAT / BÓLE MENSTRUACYJNE? / PODPROGOWE TREŚCI /PRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPR
PRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRZYJDŹPRGDZIE? ZBIORNIK KULTURY CO? WYSTAWA I ? U MATUSZA OKOŃSKIEGOCzy manipulacja jest jawna? Czy treści podprogowe działają? Wierzysz w ezoteryczne siły umożliwiające na-energetyzowanie wody w specjalne właściwości lecznicze? Wierzysz w duchy? Jak sobie radzić z bólami menstruacyjnymi? Hipnoza telewizyjna? Satanizm?
22 piątek OTWARCIE NAJLEPSZEJ WYSTAWY
23 sobota HIPNOTYZER?
24 niedziela ZAPRASZAMY DO KINA DIETLA 44/9
NA POKAZ DOKUMENTÓW O MANIPULACJI I HIPNOZIE
25 poniedziałek ZAPRASZAMY ZNOWU DO KINA 44/9 NA FILM “THEY LIVE”
26 wtorek WYKŁAD O REKLAMIE PODPROGOWEJ?
26/27 O PÓŁNOCY WYWOŁYWANIE DUCHÓW Z MARTĄ DESKUR!
27 środa WARSZTATY DLA DZIECI Z RYSOWANIEM SPIRALI?
28 czwartek WYSTAWY PRAC DZIECI/ NAJLEPSZY KONCERT? Father Issues
i WIELU DJ a także jedyna na świecie po raz pierwszy VJ’KA PODPROGOWA?
JEST DOSTĘPNA W SIECI WIDEO REKLAMÓWKA NAJLEPSZEJ WYSTAWY!
(Proponujemy dać tryb pełno ekranowy, by w pełni poddać się treści podprogowej)
July 16th, 2011
Research on force sensitive resistors interfaces.. and squeezable controllers…
/ Squeezables / project
The Rectangular Sensor Block in the Squeezable :
/ The sensor that measures the squeezing is made out of five force sensing resistors, glued onto and around one side of the rectangular nylon block as shown in the picture above. This sensor block is then pushed into the center of the jello ball and the ball is sealed by thread.
The wires that connect to the sensor block in the ball then go through a little hole on the table and tied at the other end to a variable resistor slider. The slider is hidden under the table. To make the squeezable balls retract back onto the table top, elastics are tied to the sliders. The slider measures the amount of pulling/lifting of the ball from the table top.
Both the squeezing and pulling are sampled by the computer running Max. Max is a graphical object-oriented patch programming environment for MIDI. Mappings are then created with Max to interprete the values from the sensors into music and sound. The synthesizers used for generating the sound and music are the Nord Rack II (virtual analog), E-Mu Ultraproteus, Roland Sound Canvas SC55, Digidesign SampleCell II sampling synthesizer and Steinberg’s REBIRTH, a fully software synthesis program that runs on an Apple Macintosh. /
Mark Zadel’s paper / A New Instrument Which Emphasizes Physical
/ Foam Controller / ::
This project started as two independent projects during the HCI – Gestural Control of Music graduate seminar in the Fall 2003: a pliable interface using various flex sensors developed by Mark Zadel, and an inertial interface using accelerometers and giroscopes, developed by Paul Kosek.
The idea to put both devices together provided a final tangible interface that could respond to several gestures: hitting, shaking, turning, folding, twisting, etc.
Another interesting feature of the final device was the feel of the interface. Because the flex sensors were placed on a sort of perpendicular grid, small amplitude gestures can separably affect specific sensors (horizontal ones or vertical ones). When performing radical foldings though, all sensors are somehow affected (see figure below), providing an integrated controller where the visualization of the individual sensor states is lost. ///
July 16th, 2011
some literature related to my final piece..
online PDF :: https://www.areditions.com/cmdas/DAS21/DAS21.FM.pdf
July 14th, 2011
Domestic Violence :: at Resonance FM !!
/ live set + short interview // 24th July at 6 :: tune in.. at 104.4 legendary london audio arts radio station [ http://resonancefm.com/] ::
programme – polish deli* :D
July 14th, 2011
my 3 channel video piece :: / Mother-of-Pearl / >> [ http://www.vimeo.com/album/107 666 ]
will be presented in Barcelona at post-porn + audio-visual art festival – ‘Muestra Marrana’ and in Chile at Dildo Rosa :: meow!*
Mother-of-Pearl >> >>http://muestramarrana.org/the-mother-of-the-pearl/ ::
myself and Andrzej were invited to give an actual live perfromance [Domestic Violence] in Barcelona on same festival but unfortunately we cannot go as it is colliding with our residency here in Newcastle.. to many things at the same time..
here is the fest info and website :: http://muestramarrana.org/
Dildo Rosa ::
for those who are not familiar with post-porn concept -
interesting publication on :
post-porn and politics
..:: by Tim Stüttgen 2010
Contributions by Murat Aydemir, Bruce La Bruce, Maxime Cervulle, Shu Lea Cheang, Katja Diefenbach, Lee Edelman, Stephan Geene, Werner Hirsch, Katrien Jacobs, Maria Llopis / GirlsWhoLikePorno, Bubu De La Madeleine, Matteo Pasquinelli, Beatriz Preciado, Annie M. Sprinkle, Elizabeth M. Stephens, Terre Thaemlitz, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Todd Verow, Tobaron Waxman, William Wheeler, Michaela Wünsch and Chantal Zakari
What happens after the pornographic moment? What is the post. . . in porn? What is post to the term that is porn? Why watch porn? Why not? Or why not look for “other” porn? Why not produce post-porn? How do we theorize sex performance?
How do we produce new body and sex technologies? How do we celebrate critical pleasures? How do we analyze and criticize without censorship? Why affirm the fetish? Why sexualize alienation? How do we intensify the relation between theory and practice? Why is power sexy? Why is the body a victim of capitalist commodification? Why don´t we perform and show sex differently, instead of idealizing a way back to nature? A symposium on the biopolitics of pornography.
The concept called “post-porn” was invented by erotic photographer Wink van Kempen and made popular by sexwork activist and performance artist Annie M. Sprinkle. It claimed a new status of sexual representation: Through identifying with critical joy and agency while deconstructing its hetero/normative and naturalising conditions, Sprinkle made us think of sex as a category open for use and appropriation of queer_feminist counter-pleasures beyond the victimising framework of censorship and taboo.
pdf version of another publication by Katja Diefenbach >> http://www.scribd.com/doc/42261786/Post-Porn-Politics
on Postporn politics and the deconstruction of fetishism …
July 10th, 2011
finally its here!!
new fresh CANNED magazine arrived ! / Newbridge publication ::
Art Direction + Design and layout by myself :) with contributions by Andrzej Wojtas and Kuba Ryniewicz :D meow ::
>> have a look* http://cannedmag.net/canned_issue_01.html
//big thanks to farne islands seals and mystic geo dodecas// all fantastic writers and contributors / Canned team / Newbridge Project / CaNNeD sponsors //
yesterday we’ve celebrated 1st issue of CaNNeD at launch party at Newbridge [as well as Newbridge new website >> http://thenewbridgeproject.com/wordpress/]. People really loved the mag :)
ill upload some pics from the launch soon…
CaNNeD was printed in 500 copies so probably youll find it around the city .. area…. we are also producing electronic version of the mag to let it fly around the globe and inspire ..::
PDF online version of CaNNeD mag can be found in here on CaNNeD website >> http://cannedmag.net/canned_issue_01.html
we started to work collaboratively on CaNNeD couple of months ago.. it took a while to produce 1st issue .. but we made it ! :D feels so good.. to see the visible effects of our hard work.. and it looks amazing!.. as an object to hold.. and has fantastic content.. / CaNNed will be released every 3 months.. so stay tuned..
/ CANNED is a new and visually exciting magazine that provides artists, curators, critics and the public with an informative and accessible cultural resource. CANNED contains articles, reviews and interviews with creative practitioners. It aims to improve public knowledge of cultural issues, establish and strengthen networks and improve synergy between practices and wider discourse. CANNED welcomes writers from all disciplines and encourages a range of styles and opinions. As such it aims to establish itself as an essential facility to further professional writing practices and open new avenues for discussion and creativity. CANNED aims to manifest a self-sustaining, intelligent and focused dialogue, and provide exposure for a range of artists. It will not stand for one fixed position; rather it will be a consolidating tool for the artistic trajectories of writers, artists and cultural critics. CANNED wants content that pushes, explores and challenges art criticism, generating sophisticated controversy and widespread debate that is forward thinking in its content, delivery and distribution. As an artist-led initiative CANNED is a non-profit publication. CANNED will be available to everyone, and fervently welcomes diversity and originality. /
canned website :: http://cannedmag.net/
und facebooooook :: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Canned/160049637381405