so here we all are in april 2020 – global pandemic with national lockdown… there’s no easy way to begin this post than to get it right out there – my thoughts are with all those who are affected adversely by the situation.
i’m writing this in preparation for the zoom meeting later today and listening to the third track from the music to work to form the shared playlist below.
through our arts and heritage journey we’ve met in many different locations and i’m looking forward to what the zoom environment might be like.
for the record the meeting is being hosted by sue and gemma – red, toni and myself are presenting where we are in our respective projects and there will be opportunities for those within the zoom meeting to ask questions.
in january i took on a studio space at haarlem artspace with the plan that i could focus on the work i need to do to complete the non linear project. little did any of us anticipate where we might find ourselves in april.
while we are in lockdown i’m able to maintain some level of focus and work at home on the dining room table.
in the previous post i talked about the drafting of edits. for those of you new to this blog, i completed the research phase towards the end of 2019 and as we broke into the new decade embarked on the creation of edits for the work. all the content i want to use from the main site has to be signed off by the main contractor now. the process currently needs reviewing.
at the end of march (a week into the lockdown) google reminded me i’ve been on site for a year now.
seeing the images was quite emotional and as we progress towards news of a possible extension to the lockdown, i do wonder what delays – if any – there might be to the museum of making project.
from the recent research i’ve done with zoom i decided to not share any video during my presentation – instead making a selection of frame grabs and telling a storey from those.
for the meeting i’ll be using this post as a source of images and after the meeting share it to the google group.
as you might already know the workshops at the museum of making have been operational for some time. in february i made my first visit and caught up with andy and some of the volunteers.
the spaces are so light and airy compared to the prototyping versions. when i visited, the volunteers were working on the carcasses and draws for the accessible storage on the second floor.
up on the second floor progress is clearly visible – i was on site while the core team were working to form the frames and place some of the shelves.
another noticeable progression on site is the return of the model railway. up on the second floor the shelves from storage now reside and the volunteers have temporarily taken over the co pro hub as a basis for the more detailed work to continue.
my process involves going backwards and forwards in time. from being on site to revisiting past visits in the edit – to eventually bring everything into the moment for the visitor to experience.
before the current situation arose sue and i had managed to resolve both the location and form of the work. the work’s interpretation has been started and is well progressed.
i know toni’s work will be on the first floor within the main gallery. i’ve had a little look over images from there …
in the first batch of approved videos were a collection of edits involving the site engineer.
i’m currently working on edits featuring workmen on site in various roles.
my current work schedule is based around needing to work with content created within the building so the main contractor can approve it – before they finish on site.
one of the really enjoyable aspects of going into the silk mill are the moments when i see something for the first time…
these present me with an interesting challenge of how to include them in the final work. similarly there are aspects of the renovation work i’m yet to consider how to include, for example the installation of the new lift near the entrance to the workshop.
so to sum up.
i feel in a good place. i have good working knowledge of the content already created and know what i need to support this.
soon the main site of the museum of making will shift from construction to recant and i’m yet to think about how i might cover this.
alongside the work on site i have the content from the model railway, stores, previous years and spoken testimonials from 3 of the collections team.
with the edits now feeding through the path of creation and approval, my immediate work is to continue with this and keep up to date with the evolving situation we all find ourselves in.
the editing of collections testimonial and associated footage is something i’m looking forward to. it’s bound to further fuel the question of how does this feed into the overriding story?
in the coming months i’ll pick up the non linear programming and feed in the new edits. thinking about it now, the prospect of doing this work excites me greatly.
…and of course somethings remain the same – working in the non linear format continues to be challenging and i love it because of this.
i’ve really enjoyed taking the time to consider where i am in the project and hopefully the sharing at the meeting went well too.
keep safe and i look forward to when we can all meet face to face again.