Thursday, 1 May 2014

The materials of the internet

Can you apply the concept of 'Truth to Materials'  to developing creative work on the internet?

Or are networked communications just a marketing tool?

 A talk by Dane Watkins, research assistant to Dr Misha Myers on Augmenting Impact with Social Media in collaboration with Wildworks theatre company and Falmouth University part funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund, project no. 011200NCO5

The project investigates how ‬social‭ ‬media‭ ‬can be‭ ‬employed‭ ‬effectively‭ ‬to‭ ‬understand,‭ ‬document‭ ‬and‭ ‬develop‭ ‬the‭ ‬long-term‭ ‬impact‭ ‬of‭ ‬performance‭ ‬work‭ ‬that‭ ‬takes‭ ‬place‭ ‬outside‭ ‬the‭ ‬traditional‭ ‬context‭ ‬and‭ ‬conventions‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬theatre‭ ‬space‭?

The talk is in three parts
  1. The influence behind my own work and how four animators used the material of film to make work
  2. How I have used the materials of the internet to make work
  3. How we will collaborate with Wildworks to develop creative content with social media.

Truth to Materials

Plates from the Seven Lamps of Architecture wikipedia

The innate qualities of the materials should influence the work.

celluloid film


Old film

Norman McLaren discusses drawings onto film 6:55

 Colour Box by Len Lye, 1937
The first direct to film animation remade as an advert for the GPO.

Synchromy by Norman McLaren , 1971
Produced with an optical printer

Roobarb and Custard by Bob Godfrey
'wobbly' style of animation

RCA animation show reel, 2008 1:20
'wobbly' style of animation is still in use

 Terry Gilliam shows cutout style, 2:40


What are the materials of the internet?


Raster vs Vector

empty days

love match


Now we are developing three practice based experiments as part of a research project funded by the European Social Fund  involving a partnership between Falmouth University and Wildworks Theatre Company:

    1 Augmenting‭ ‬performance‭ ‬through‭ ‬social‭ ‬media‭

‬In‭ ‬the‭ ‬month‭ ‬leading‭ ‬up‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬Wildworks‭ ‬performance‭ ‬100‭ ‬Wildworks‭ ‬will‭ ‬publish‭ ‬a‭ ‬twitter‭ ‬feed‭ ‬of‭ ‬Jack‭ ‬a‭ ‬1914‭ ‬gardner.‭ ‬While‭ ‬the‭ ‬performance‭ ‬focusses‭ ‬on‭ ‬the‭ ‬impact‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬WW1‭ ‬on‭ ‬the‭ ‬gardens‭ ‬the‭ ‬twitter‭ ‬feed‭ ‬augments‭ ‬the‭ ‬story‭ ‬by‭ ‬detailing‭ ‬the‭ ‬intimate‭ ‬tweets‭ ‬of‭ ‬one‭ ‬gardener‭’‬s‭ ‬day‭ ‬to‭ ‬day‭ ‬life‭ ‬in‭ ‬1914.

    2 Documenting‭ ‬the‭ ‬long‭ ‬tail‭ ‬of‭ ‬performance‭

‬A‭ ‬purpose‭ ‬built‭ ‬web‭ ‬app‭‭ ‬will‭ ‬archive‭ and annotate the ‬social‭ ‬media‭ ‬interactions‭ ‬of‭ ‬Cornwall‭ ‬Youth‭ ‬Theatre‭ ‬as‭ ‬part‭ ‬of‭ ‬their‭ ‬professional‭ ‬development‭ ‬during‭ ‬the‭ ‬100‭ ‬performance.

    3 Crowdsourcing‭ ‬meta‭ ‬tags‭

‬Thousands‭ ‬of‭ ‬previous‭ ‬Wildworks‭ ‬participants‭ ‬will‭ ‬be‭ ‬invited‭ ‬to‭ ‬respond‭ ‬and‭ ‬tag‭ ‬non-semantic‭ ‬archives.‭ ‬This‭ ‬experiment‭ ‬investigates‭ ‬how‭ ‬crowdsourcing‭ ‬could‭ ‬help‭ ‬Theatre‭ ‬Companies‭ ‬develop‭ ‬ongoing‭ ‬dialogue‭ ‬with‭ ‬their‭ ‬audience‭ ‬and‭ ‬meta‭ ‬tag‭ ‬archives.‭