The Pianodrome Crowdfunding Campaign is Live! March 2018
Here's a video I made to help spread the word about the Pianodrome crowdfunding campaign. It's well underway, with people signing up, pledging and supporting in all directions to help make this extraordinary project reach its potential. There are plenty of live events, performances and open door opportunities in Edinburgh to see the first two wedges and meet the team. To find out more and pledge your support, head to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pianodrome, where you'll see more videos, photos and blog posts by little ol' me, as I spent time working with and documenting the build-up of this exciting project.
Alistair's Woodturning Process in Detail
Back in Oxfordshire, making another woodturning video for Alistair Phillips of Woodworks and Coracles. This time, Alistair wants to demonstrate in detail his particular turning process, in order to answer the many questions of his fans and followers. Don't just tell them, SHOW them! More on his website, www.woodworksandcoracles.co.uk.
The Pianodrome Build Team in Action
Throughout the winter of 2017-18, I was on site documenting the construction of the world's first amphitheatre made entirely out of abandoned pianos – everything, even the screws were taken out and reused! I produced videos, photos and blog posts for their website and social media as well as helping with the build itself. It was a unique opportunity to straddle the realms of outside observer from behind the camera, and inside hands-on team member as I went through the highs and lows of challenges and solutions along with the team. The first of the five seating wedges was built as a prototype, so the lead artist, Tim Vincent-Smith, was designing and refining as we went. The ideas and solutions just kept on coming and everything in these videos was captured on the spot, as it happened. It was a great experience and we achieved a lot.
The Bowl Story
A promotional video for Alistair Phillips of Woodworks and Coracles, leading us step by step through the process of making a wooden bowl, from tree to table.
Syrian Mothers' Dance
I was invited to record a performance by Vivienne Tsouris, a classically trained professional ballet dancer and choreographer. Vivienne hadn't danced for ten years – which, at the age of 71, is fair enough – but recently she was moved to create a dance based on the plight of Syrian mothers originally from Palestine. The dance is an expression of the grief and pain of war, of being displaced and traumatised, twice-over refugees, separated from children, loved ones and home by armed conflict, death and geographical upheaval.
Framing the Numinous
This is a timelapse video of the preparation for an exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. The artist (me) gessoed, gilded and assembled twenty-three picture frames containing work under the title The Numinous. Read more about it here.
A promotional short for Alistair Phillips' coracle making business in Oxfordshire. If you're wondering what to do with a coracle after you've made it, have a look at this blog post to find out.