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.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Shadow Stories film online

Shadow Stories from Samantha Moore on Vimeo.

I decided to put my 2013 film, Shadow Stories, online. The film was commissioned for installation in the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery's pre-historic gallery. It has been up in the museum since April and I've had some lovely feedback (and discussion about some potential new projects inspired by it) so I thought it was time to get it out there.

The film is embeddable and downloadable from Vimeo.

The film in situ in the ground floor pre-historic /Roman gallery

The blurb.

The second installation linking the upstairs gallery

Me getting all excited to see the film!

Friday, 10 October 2014


As part of the Loop project I am making, with Dr Serge Mostowy at Imperial College London, I did a presentation to the members of the lab. The day included an informal workshop introducing the scientists to the principles of animation via flip books, zoetropes and praxinscopes. 

We had a ball! It was such good fun and the simple pre-cinematic toys gave an immediate immersion in the process. Animation is always magical to me and it was very special to watch a roomful of microbiologists getting excited about it too! Next week I shall be going down there again to interview them about their work as the dialogic process of making this film begins.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Round up of the summer

Oh dear, I haven't posted for ages and feel very guilty since this is what I warn students with blogs against doing...

This summer has been a crazy ride of PhD finishing (just the viva to go - any day now...), co-authoring a book (!), getting news of a new film commission (and having meetings about another one potentially for the following year) and getting ready for the new semester alongside the usual family events (if it's not the younger generation that needs attention it's the older one.. much as I love them all of course, ha).

I'll do a quick round up of this summer in images and then will do detailed information about upcoming events in later posts. The best news I've had recently (alongside getting the new film commissioned!) is that I have been awarded a research buy-out from my job - it means that they will cover one of my day's teaching so that I can concentrate on the new project. This is fantastic news and I'm hugely grateful for the ongoing support I receive from the University of Wolverhampton, especially from my lovely colleagues in animation.

giving a talk at Edinburgh science festival

attending Shrewsbury flower show

going to Spain

learning to knit (turns out this is an excellent stress relieving activity)

Giving a paper at the Society of Animation Studies conference in Toronto (and going on a boat ride)

Drinking cocktails in Cardiff

..before seeing Dolly Parton at the Cardiff arena! Class.

attending the Larmer Tree festival

suffering wild flower meadow envy in Norfolk

watching my sons learn to fish

Exploring Darwin's garden

Cycling to the station on my new bike

Animation graduation 2014

Decorating the animation studio at Wolverhampton

My messy studio at home

Autumn arriving

Giving a talk at the Animation on Prescription day at the Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol

Having a look round Aardman studios

Meeting up with old friends xx

Running an animation workshop for microbiologists at Imperial College London

O lovely Canada

Monday, 14 April 2014

London laser talks

LASER is a series of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. 
Each evening event presents guest speakers from a range of disciplines (artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, etc) and an opportunity for discussion and socialising. Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER offers stimulating talks and encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting, where people can share their experiences and participate in lively discussions on a range of subjects at the intersection of art and science.  
I will be talking on 20th May about my synaesthesia work. I'll be screening An Eyeful of Sound and talking about the process of collaborating of the project. I don't yet know who else will be talking but looking at LASER's previous line ups I'm sure it will be an interesting mix. You can book places here:

Monday, 7 April 2014

Pitt Rivers curiosity

Recently I visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford with a friend from NZ. It was just as odd as I remembered from years ago but, partly I suppose because I was seeing it through the eyes of someone from abroad, extra weird. In some ways a wonderfully idiosyncratic Victorian relic, in others a reminder of casual cultural insensitivity. Either way, a fascinating visit.
Hand beaded 'Nike' moccasins

Tiny body part votives, and the moulds to make them (I like the intestines).

The museum from an upper balcony. The low lighting adds to the sense of creepiness.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Edinburgh Science Festival

On 12th April at 7:30 I shall be giving a talk and showing An Eyeful of Sound at the Edinburgh Science Festival in a LateLab about synaesthesia.  It'll be exciting to be at the festival and to be in beautiful Edinburgh again, hooray! Plus it's the start of Easter, or Cheester as my cheese loving son calls it (we have to hide Babybels for him instead of chocolate eggs).