Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Artist's talk & exhibition at The Quad Gallery, Derby


Our films are finally finished! There will be a preview at the Quad gallery in Derby coming up on the 5th February and then the exhibition will run from 6th Feb - 6th March 2016.

'Silent Signal takes you on a journey: starting at the microcosm of the infection fighting internal landscapes of our cells, through the personal experiences and opinions of individuals and scientists, to the application of the research in the wider world of infectious disease modelling and genome code sequencing. The works raises questions about what our genetic code is, how our immune system functions, how disease is spread, and what the future applications and impact of the research into these areas might be for us all. Each work is the result of an artist closely collaborating with a scientist over a period of two years to produce an artistic response to their scientific research. The pairs have also explored the similarities and differences in the way they work and the technologies that they both use.'

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Visible / invisible

'Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.'
- Paul Klee

At the moment animator Tilley Bancroft and I are trying to evoke the research focus of Stephen Buranyi, who was a member of Serge Mostowy's lab at Imperial College London

It started with his pencil drawing and audio description of a very unstable and wildly moving bunch of proteins bound by similarity; 'spheres of influence'. The idea of using crochet to evoke this came from Sam & Tilley's interest in textile arts and the notion of combining them with animation seemed like a good fit for Stephen's description. 

So far we have just done some tests but Tilley will soon be shooting the animation sequences and Stephen's reaction to the tests has been very positive; 'amazing and awesome'. 

Below is the evolution of the work so far, featuring Tilley's homemade balls of 'plarn' (= plastic & yarn).

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Crochet animation!

Tilley Bancroft, from Red Door Studios, is working with me on the Loop project. We spent the day recently doing some test shots for the crocheted animation section Tilley is animating to represent the molecular section of the film, of septin proteins meeting up and joining together.

We experimented with different lighting, movement, depth of translucency and frame rates before finding our 'aha!' moment. We had some amazing colour changing lights which were sound sensitive so there was lots of clapping hands to scroll through the colours. It's the little things.

It looks like a bonkers sci-fi jellyfish at the moment but it'll all make sense in context...

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Serge's studio visit

Dr Serge Mostowy, my collaborator on the Loop project, came up to Shropshire to visit my studio, see the project in development and try his hand at some animating on glass.
We also managed to see Darwin's old school and childhood house, take a walk over Lyth Hill and sample some Tanner's wine.

Serge in the studio

Some of Serge's images

Lyth Hill for a bit of fresh air!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Animating with gouache and glycerine on glass

Materials needed: gouache paint, bottle of glycerine (from chemists), paintbrushes, mixing tray, cotton buds, water, kitchen roll or tissues.

Camera and lightbox set up
I use a sheet of milky safety glass over the top of the lightbox, which diffuses the light and is easy to clean

Paint the image using brushes, fingers and cotton buds

Once shot of image is taken, blot it with a tissue to leave a 'shadow' of that image to refer to.  

Outline the new image over the top and wipe away the old 'shadow' (blotted) version

Repaint your new image. AND REPEAT!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Recording sound at the lab

We have now completed the first round of sound recording at Imperial College London, interviewing the lab members about their work and doing a tour of the lab itself to record some of the familiar and characteristic sounds. 

Phil Noakes came along to sound record and I had fun getting scientists to describe their work and do some drawings of their impressions of the microbiological process. I fondly hope that the animation workshop we did previously had loosened them up to express themselves with images as well as words, but (I suspect) the reality is that hey are all so engaged, passionate and articulate about their research that they were quite happy to use coloured pens to draw their ideas.