Archives for the month of: April, 2014

01 Punched_roll 02 Time 03 Wood 04 Hole 05 Shingle 06 Shingle again 07 Mast

The Industrial Museum, Bradford and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, nr. Wakefield

Last weekend we travelled up to South Square Gallery, Thornton (nr. Bradford) to collect my installation ‘Place Setting’ which was shown in ‘The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen’ exhibition.

Then we retraced our steps to Bradford and the Industrial Museum. Which was interesting, especially the detailed self-guided trail explaining the journey from wool to worsted cloth. Also interesting is the monotype typecaster, with its punched role of instruction. Good description here but no pictures!

Then on Sunday after enjoying a view of Bradford’s infamous hole (thank you Westfield) from the window of our room in the Midland Hotel we went home via the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The second and third images are small details from the very large work of Ursula von Rydingsvard. The lovely shingle, which really was this bleached out colour clads the ‘Eat, drink, Enjoy’ snack shack sitting outside the Longside Gallery where the survey show ‘Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979’ is currently on.

Uncommon Ground features some lovely Boyle Family work and a surprising Derek Jarman film that reminded me of an early work by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (formerly Spartacus Chetwynd) called The Walk to Dover (2005) which I saw at Studio Voltaire, Clapham. In that film she performed David Copperfield’s seven-day journey from London to Dover described in the book of the same name by Charles Dickens.

The last picture is of the Emley Moor transmitting station seen from Basket #7.Oxley Bank by Winter/Hörbelt.

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Rebirth: light and sound show at Strutt’s North Mill Belper

So the event on Saturday 29 March went well. Sarah (mill manager) and Ruth (engagement officer) reckoned we had about 120 visitors for the show.

While Stuart set up the laptops I measured and cut out film to stick to the windowpanes of the six windows, each window had six panes, so we had to measure, cut and stick 36 sheets. Meanwhile Stuart discovered that the laptops went to sleep after five minutes and we didn’t have administrator rights to cancel the sleep mode.

Still it all worked well. We staggered the startup of each laptop by the time it physically took to get each one going. So a relaxed synchronisation and a kind off delayed playback coupled with running or crawling (in my case) to each laptop to tap its trackpad to ward off sleep. Not live but certainly performative animation happened behind the scenes and largely out of view of the audience.

We are reworking the animation and sequencing for the North Mill’s ‘Museums at Night’ event on May 15. We will project the animation onto eight of the 26 monumental stone piers – all that is left of Jedediah Strutt’s first mill (1786) that burnt down in 1803 – that form the foundation of the ‘new’ mill built in 1804.

More information about Culture24’s national Museums at Night festival here and Strutt’s North Mill Belper