Monday 26 April 2010

TSG at the HUB Symposium

with David Littler (artist, curator and DJ; involved with Sampler-Cultureclash, and Berit Greinke (textile and surface designer, NOBELini prize winner to investigate 'laboratory disaster').
Both David and Berit lead us through activities to examine the connections between sound, the word, drawing and stitching.

We all recorded our voices on a continous sound recording loop, describing our favourite working tool and how we use it. To the sound of these continous words which became a pattern of audio shapes and textures, a continous canvas is stitched with 'tape' pulled from old audio tape cassettes. This tape is conductive so will respond to the audio sensors rubbed over it later.

Communal drawing on our own patch and extending into our neighbours. The continuous length of paper kept moving and we kept drawing with graphite sticks and powder.
Put your sound on for these two movies below.

Berit Greinke holds the sensor over samples of her woven textiles made with conductive fibres to pick up the pattern of the different weaves which are converted into sounds.
Mary Sleigh 'tries her hand' at making music by connecting with the conductive graphite drawing and holding hands with Berit who, in turn, holds the hand-held sensor on another part of the drawing, thus forming a conductive loop.

Monday 5 April 2010

Easter sunshine - at last!

Easter bonnet and brass band parades in sunny Lyme Regis, Dorset made a good day out on Easter Sunday. A bonus 'find' (besides the fish and chips and ice cream) was this fascinating 'stone balancing' exhibition on the pebble beach. Adrian Grey was balancing huge pebbles to create heart-stopping sculptures. His website is A good lesson in the art of 'less is more'.