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Sun, 22 Jan 2012
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva Sharing at Curve

On Friday we had the first public sharing of the The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva at Curve. A good-sized audience saw Carol Leeming perform part of the script with multimedia elements supporting.

The three-sreen stage set worked well and Sally's video and Andy's lighting looked great. There are certainly plenty of areas where we can improve the synchronisation between the performance and the visuals, but feedback was very good and we are happy with progress so far.

The first complete performance of the production will be at Curve in June, with the installation at Phoenix Square being scheduled for November. Pictures of work in progress can be found here on Flickr.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012
Simon Faithfull's Limbo - A Highlight of 2011

Limbo is a project by artist Simon Faithfull. Using a custom iPhone app created by Cuttlefish, Simon is able to create drawings on his phone and upload them to the internet. Subscribers can then view the drawings on a website or via a specially-created iPhone app.

Recently Cuttlefish updated the viewer app to include extra features, such as comments, and added a new Limbo Lite app to the iOS store that allows you to view Simon's artworks for free on your iPhone (the full Limbo app is available for £1.49 and gives extra features such as alerts when you are near the location of a drawing).

Limbo is proving to be a very successful project. It's also been listed as a highlight of 2011 by arts website Culture 24 (see http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/art371254).

To download the new Limbo apps simply search the iPhone App Store for "Simon Faithfull". To browse the artworks on the web visit the Limbo web site at http://limbo.simonfaithfull.org/.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012
M4_u Convention at Phoenix

On the 13th and 14th January Phoenix Square hosted the Max For Users Convention. Local news agency Citizen's Eye were in attendance and filmed some great interviews with attendees, speakers and exhibitors. I've produced a playlist of their videos at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6ACF01A1BAA40586.

You can also watch them on your iPhone via the Citizen's Eye iPhone app. You'll find this on Apple App Store by searching for "Citizen's Eye".

Sun, 15 Jan 2012
Interact Live 2 - 13th January 2012 @ Fabrika

Friday 13th January saw saw the latest Interact Live event at The Interact Gallery, Fabrika in Leicester. A good sized audience was treated to an exhibition of interactive artworks in the upstairs gallery and live music downstairs.

The artwork on display included Jackie Calderwood's "Colour Chords", Sean Clark's "Memory Mirror", Lee Scott's "Laser Harp", Craig Clarke's "Simaesthesia", Honest Dave's "Bath Time" and Stuart Smith and Mike Gatt's "Sound Tree".

Music was provided by ASMO, Fortran, Protofuse and Wife Divorces Man Accused of Hotel Leap, with visual provided on the night by Blend.

It was a very good night. I'm particularly happy with the art/live mix of these events. The next one will probably be organised in the Spring. Join my e-mail list or follow my social networks to be told when it will happen.

See https://www.seanclark.me.uk/interactlive2.html for pictures, videos and audio recordings from the night.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva

The "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva" project has been under conceptual development for a while now, but it is now starting to move in to the production stages. Based around a narrative developed by Carol Leeming, it will involve a performance at Curve in the summer and an installation at Phoenix Square in the autumn. More information about the project can be found on my website.

Sat, 24 Dec 2011
New Shine Website

The Shine project that I was involved in over the summer now has a new website at http://www.shine-northamptonshire.com. You'll find lots of pictures, videos and audio from the events, plus background on who was involved in the project.

Wed, 21 Dec 2011
Dropsketch Update for iOS5

Dropsketch has been updated to fully support iOS5. Sorry about the delay in doing it - but I've been quite busy over the past month. Get ready for more updates to the app in the new year, with sketch 'replies' and Tweeting planned. You can get Dropsketch from the App Store for free.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011
Origamibiro at St Nicholas Church

Ola Szmidt's latest "St Nicholas Church Sessions" event took place at the weekend. The artists performing were Ola and Friends, Sleuf and Envelope and the amazing Origamibiro. It was an excellent night. Pictures from the event can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/seancuttlefish/sets/72157628461490475/

With videos at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx0m6s6wUH4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DweoJMEi8t0

Sat, 10 Dec 2011
One Leicester / Go Leicester Shire Apps

Two new Cuttlefish iPhone apps have gone live this week. The updated Go Leicester Shire app provides information about Arts & Culture, Food & Drink and Heritage in Leicester and Leicestershire. It can be download for free from:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/goleicestershire/id466923529?mt=8

The One Leicester app provides news about the planned 2012 Olympics related activities around Leicester. It's also free and can be found at:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/one-leicester/id391148930?mt=8

Sun, 20 Nov 2011
Steve Ignorant's The Last Supper

I went to see Steve Ignorant's final performance of Crass songs last night. "The Last Supper" took place at The Shepherd's Bush Empire, the venue where I saw Steve's initial revisiting of Crass songs four years ago with "The Feeding of The 5000" shows.

The performance was excellent. Steve and his band worked through classic Crass songs from their 1977 - 1984 catalogue with real passion. They started with "Do They Owe Us A Living" from the first Crass album "Feeding of The 5000", then tracks from "Stations of The Crass", "Penis Envy", "Yes Sir I Will" and "Christ The Album".

It was already proving to be an unforgettable show when, to everyone's amazement, Steve was joined on stage by original Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud. I never thought I'd see this. When Steve Ignorant decided to tour with a band performing Crass songs Penny Rimbaud had made it clear that he wasn't in to the idea.

This public reconciliation was incredibly moving. They did a version of "Do They Owe Us A Living" together and there was not a dry eye in the house. Then, to add to the moment even more, Crass vocalist Eve Libertine joined them on stage and they performed "Darling" from the Penis Envy album. Three Crass members on stage, doing Crass songs. Wow.

I saw the three of them in 2002 at the Crass Collective event at the South Bank, but they were not on stage at the same time. This was really was a special moment. There will never be a Crass reunion - but it was as close as you could get.

Crass were undoubtedly one of the most important bands to come out of the UK in the late 1970s. They were not weekend punks, they lived a full-on DIY/anarchist lifestyle. They invented the anarcho-punk music genre, organised festivals, published their own magazines for distribution at gigs, introduced stencil art to the masses and continue to influence bands to this day.

However, I never saw them play live. By the time I moved from the small village I grew up to a town big enough for them to play in they had split up, so the Steve Ignorant shows will be as close as I will get. To be at last night's show was a real privilege.

Pictures on Flickr.

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