Sean Clark's Blog
Leicester Museum has just launched it‘s new dinosaur gallery. The formal opening was attended by Sir David Attenborough and gave the invited audience an opportunity to explore the impressive new exhibition.
Cuttlefish was asked to develop an iPad app to support the exhibition and this went live with the opening. The app is available on 12 iPads in the museum and gives visitors access to some great multimedia content that was produced by the museum‘s curatorial team.
The gallery (and app) are open to the general public. See these pictures to have a look at screens from the iPad app and the opening event.
It made for a very different sort of weekend to Shambala. It is small festival (Shambala is small, but the Ashes is really small) with one stage and a single bar. It was still a really good event though, and only £15 a ticket.
Two months after starting work on The Interact Gallery we have managed to organise a public preview of the space. The well-attended preview saw the gallery officially opened by Professor Ernest Edmonds. Some work from my Interactive Arts System exhibition was also on display. This will open in September.
I‘ve been involved in Leicester‘s annual Summer Sundae festival for a number of years, but this is the first time I‘ve had my own “tent" there. In a rather nice bedouin tent I installed my Memory Mirror artwork for festival goers to visit. The artwork ran for the whole weekend and played host to many 100s of people. Pictures from the weekend can be seen on my Flickr Page and a video of visitors can be seen on YouTube.
A two hour video from the installation will be on show at The Interact Gallery from 5th September 2011.
Despite the threats posed by rioters, the Leicester Fringe went ahead again this year. There were various music and arts events around Leicester in the week running up to the main event - Fringe Thursday. Fringe Thursday sees bands playing at nine local music venues, with connecting buses from the Summer Sundae Festval site
Cuttlefish was one of the sponsors again this year and somehow I got roped in to sit on the door at Fabrika. The night started slow but definitely picked up towards the end with punters treated to a great night of music.
The final figures aren‘t in yet, but it looks like the festival should have done a good job of raising money for its three local charities - LOROS, Rainbows and Prostaid.
The Dropsketch iPhone app has been submitted to the Apple app store and I am now waiting for it to be approved. When it‘s ready you will be able to use it to “drop" sketches around your environment for other people to see. I will also be running it as an installation on a screen at Fabrika from this weekend. A link to the app for download will follow soon (hopefully).
We‘re really chuffed that the “Limbo" app we developed for artist Simon Faithfull was shortlisted for for the ZKM Art App Award. It didn‘t win the main prize, but was selected to be exhibited at the prestigious digital art organisation.
It‘s also being featured in the ZKM Art App which is currently available from the App Store. In fact, it‘s actually shown on the app‘s page within the store :-)
The latest drawings uploaded to the app by Simon were made at the Womad Festival. They provide a fascinating view of the event.
The Interact Gallery is starting to take shape. Adam at Fabrika has been refitting the gallery with false walls, a new ceiling, flooring and moor and I have been getting the computer equipment together.
It should all come together ready for our launch event on the 22nd August. See interactgallery.co.uk for details.
Today marks the start of the final week of my Memory Mirror exhibition at Phoenix Square in Leicester. The interactive artwork seems to have gone down well sand has captured over 2,000 video clips of visitors. I‘ll work out how many visitors this represents, but it must be in the hundreds.
See the Phoenix Square website for information about the exhibition.
Things are starting to come together with my next big project - The Interact Gallery. This will be a number of things. Firstly, it will be Leicester‘s first dedicated interactive and digital art gallery. It will be located upstairs at Fabrika, The Independent Art Centre on Humberstone Gate and will open in August 2011 with an exhibition of new work produced during my PhD. Secondly, it will be a curatorial organisation with the goal of finding the best digital art talent in the East Midlands and finding opportunities to show their work. More information will follow soon, for now though, if you want to know more get in touch or join the nascent Facebook group.