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By: Satellite Artists
Satellite is Dominic Allan, Jo Chapman, Polly Cruse, Olga Jurgenson, Nicola Naismith, Kate Parrott, Dominique Rey.
Contact Satellite: firstname.lastname@example.org
# 53 [26 October 2011]
I love these lights. I just love these lights.
We'd hoped to produce another limited edition poster, same layout as the Rendlesham Traces Poster, but with images and material from the Radar Museum, (including lights, which were after all a phenomenon at the heart of Charlie). However, the exhibition is finishing on Saturday, so some debate as to the purpose of such a print.
I think that the research material from our second touring day out in East Anglia has been disadvantaged and placed in the shade purely by virtue of being second. We have been working within a strict time frame dictated by the exhibition structure /proposal and have spent most of the time sorting, uploading, downloading, processing all the 'stuff' connected to the Rendlesham incident, including our long day tour in that Sufffolk area.
Probably both Nicola and I have material from the Radar Museum that still needs to see the light of day in some form, but I wonder, within which structure and under what auspices? I certainly have a fair bit of video and some sound that I'd like to have time to finish editing. Poor Operation Charlie has been rather left out in the cold. And what about these lights?
# 52 [24 October 2011]
We gave our talk at Aid and Abet on Saturday. It was interesting to present the very beginnings of our respective research interests. We presented our talk in a small room, a constructed space within the wider space which is Aid and Abet. Given our recent trip to The Radar Museum it put me in mind of some kind of RAF briefing room which I imagine I saw when I was a child, when I would, on the odd occassion, go with dad to the control tower.
We were lucky enough to have Ailie Rutherford who was there to carry out her Ganzfeld Experiment after our talk. She is an artist who is based at The Royal Standard and although not native to Liverpool, knows it well. Whilst talking about an image I had of the Clarion Clubhouse in Liverpool, The Arc, I was able to ask her about the area and what is happening there now. She also have a working interest in cycling clubs so we plan to catch up when we go to Liverpool.
So we need to plan our trip to Liverpool and complete the rest of the UFO data / research - its been a busy project and we need to take some time to contemplate and deliberate. The three strands: Satellite Portfolio, UFO Research and the Liverpool Inexpert Talk has kept us busy, but its been a learning curve as all of these types of projects are. We want to capitalise on this new methodology of making and collaborating by consider how we could extend the invitation to other artists who could make use of our skills as research assistants and collaborators.
In addtion to our artist talk Saturday also featured Norwich away to Liverpool with a very reasonable result of 1 -1.
# 51 [23 October 2011]
Visiting Aid & Abet to give our Inexpert Talk yesterday, we were able to see the UFO Archive in the flesh, or the paper and screen in this case. We brought the section of branch and the 250 posters with us.
Having only been at the begining of the archive process researching, generating, editing and sending, how strange to see the fragments of our research curated / displayed at a distance and to experience the physical shape they now create within the space. What was possibly most interesting for me was the knowledge of all the information and images we have chosen not to send in to the gallery, the parts that have been edited out, kept back or filed away off to one side. Signified almost literally by the gaps on the table and the breathing space surrounding it. I supose there will in effect be a secondary or even tertiary East Anglian UFO Archive sitting quietly on a shelf?
# 50 [23 October 2011]
Struggling with technology again today, trying to get some sound recordings from my p.c-only digital recorder onto the mac so that I can edit some radar footage to send in. The devices and technologies are out of synch. What I need are some high-tech zap rays or some-such. I'll try again tomorrow evening.
# 49 [21 October 2011]
Editing my talk for the gallery tomorrow, I seem to have somehow broken iphoto. My head is full of Army Seafort specifications. I think I need some fresh air......
# 48 [20 October 2011]
The focus has shifted mid-UFO-investigation to all things Liverpool, as we research aspects of that city for our talk this Saturday. All internet and from afar research, quite a contrast from our hands and feet-on forays into the two East Anglian UFO sites.
My Liverpool research has taken me from Celia Fiennes and Daniel Defoe - both of whom highly praised Liverpool - to images of the Liverpool Exchange buildings and World War Two Army Sea Forts. Quits a breadth, but all connected by way of my own thought processes. Sort of round-about and meandering.
# 47 [19 October 2011]
We are taking a turn towards Liverpool for the next part of our project with Aid and Abet's Space Exchange project. As we are acting as research assistants for Dave Evans an artist from The Royal Standard in Liverppol, Dominique and I have taken an opportunity to consider Liverpool as rich territory for an artist talk.
The talk we will give will be focused on our own practice interests and consider the internet as a primary research source, as we both have only been to Liverppol once before. Dominique will be discussing sea forts and historical tours and i will be looking at factories and cycle clubs. We hope to travel to Liverpool to deliver the UFO materials to Dave and also perhaps take tours ourselves of the Liverpool area, revise our talk (if appropriate) and deliver it again to a Liverpool audience. But for now, we will give a talk about Liverpool in Cambridge this saturday, please come along.
Liverpool: An Inexpert View: Nicola Naismith & Dominique Rey
Artist talk at Aid and Abet, Stataion Road, Cambridge.
Saturday 22nd October 2011 @ 4pm
# 46 [19 October 2011]
Postcard sent to Aid & Abet:
Flying Officer Sewart spent 6 days at RAF Neatishead on a mission to investigate "the unidentified high flying aircraft that have been plotted in recent months". The report was completed on 27th January 1947, but is missing from the Public Record Office, listed as an attachment to the station logbook.
Information from www.uk-ufo.org
# 45 [17 October 2011]
Sending things in
Further my last post, i requested an image from CJ at Aid and Abet to see how the objects we were sending in looked in the project space. As we havent been to the gallery since the project started everything has been posted or emailed in. The image shows a frame from the video made for the opening night of Space Exchange. Dominique and I will be at Aid and Abet on Saturday and look forward to seeing all our objects again, although actually they are not ours as we are gathering this research on behalf of Dave. Hope he likes them.
# 44 [17 October 2011]
Designed the Rendlesham Forest research poster over the weekend. Approved the proof today. Hopefully they'll arrive on Friday. They're on flimsy paper again to give a slight newsprint feel, but not as thin as the forest traces posters from last week. The plan is to take a load of them to Aid & Abet on Saturday, when we do our talk, and pile them on the floor near the Satellite research show-and-tell table. The budget only stretched to 250 - so it is a limited edition by virtue of cost - the question is - will the pile look 'pile-like' enough? Perhaps we can find a wooden pallet nearby and place them ontop?
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SATELLITE is a collection of artists with strong connections to the wide area that is Eastern England. We provide critical, peer discussion around our practices and organise events in partnership with other arts practitioners that reflect our interests and obsessions.
Our first 'In-Conversation' was hosted by Norwich Arts Centre and featured a discussion between artists Susan Collis and Richard Forster.
The most recent 'In-Conversation' was hosted by Firstsite, Colchester and featured a discussion between artist and Satellite memeber Nicola Naismith and Barbara Steveni of Artists Placement Group (APG).