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How real is reality?

What generates the reality I experience? According to David Eagleman it includes: Data captured by my senses and transmitted to the brain. Information sent to the brain by my own internal model of the world – facts learnt from previous […]

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Our reality; constructed by the mind and always in the past

What our senses pick up – light, sound, taste, smell, sensations – isn’t piped straight to the brain. Instead this information is converted into electrical signals, transmitted to the brain, sifted through to identify patterns and then re-assembled. What results […]

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Instant collages, Instagrammed

In the two short films I’ve made recently (In search of the unreal n.01 and n.02) the sections that interest me the most are the views seen through another train. They offer multiple perspectives simultaneously – the train I’m travelling […]

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Ten collages in two days

Mid-way through my MA I made a whole series of collages by combining two photographs of women, one contemporary and one taken up to 80 years ago. I haven’t made any since – the films of edgelands have taken over […]

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The untapped potential of the glitch

The last film I made caused me some frustration. The image kept pixelating, partially I think because I was filming from a moving base (the train) and because the editing software struggled with the data thrown at it. Due to […]

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Evoking the uncanny

I make films that manipulate natural vision – they distort what the eye would see in some way. Evidently this desire to alter the view is common to expanded cinema and connects it to non-figurative painting. Focus, perspectives, colours, footage […]

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Impasto Artspace

Artist, tutor & singer, April Skinner, showcases her artwork and discusses topical art related subjects. Art website: http://impastoartspace.artweb.com

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In search of the unreal

In search of the unreal n.02, Digital film, 6 minutes 20 seconds long It’s strange; although I made this film it feels somewhat mysterious and unfathomable. It grabs my full attention each time I see it. Just for a short […]

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In search of the unreal n.02

Well, a wonderful opportunity landed in my lap – an invite to produce a film for the Whitstable Biennale Fringe! The downside: make a new film connected to Whitstable in a few weeks when the last one took me about […]

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Unreality n.01

It’s been ages since my last post but, in my defence, the time has been well spent. The collage I’ve talked about in the last few posts is deceptively simple but was tricky to resolve. In the end, what worked […]

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Play; persist; make…

Making new work is never easy. Fight the desire to abandon it as a failure. Instead, empty my mind of fixed expectations and play freely with form and materials. Hold my nerve. Persist until something happens. Pin the results on […]

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Collage making

Still shots from ‘In search of the unreal n.01’ Fold, bend, cut Draw a line Overlay, conceal, reveal, interrupt, disrupt The shifting, uncertain image This is the litany to run through my mind whilst I make the series of new […]

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Experiments in collage

In my new filmic collage the one piece of footage exciting me most shows shots of London through a passing train; flickering images, inside then out, a strobing billboard, flashes of colour, light and shade. It creates its own inherent […]

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The excitement in my film…

In terms of my new film, the single piece of the footage that excites me most is about shots of London glimpsed through a passing train. It creates flickering images – inside then out – a strobing billboard and flashes […]

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Disruption, subversion & control

How does the new film I’ve just finished connect to my other work of collaged women’s faces? Both are about fracture and disruption – shaking things up to allow space for a hint of the ‘Other’ to seep through – […]

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Finishing the film & honest writing

My new film is finally finished! An opportunity swiftly followed that would allow the work to be developed further so I spent most of last week working on the application. The first thing to tackle was the context – what […]

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The tiniest moment can spark a solution…

I’ve been trying to make a revised version of my film since the New Year using new footage shot, but with no success. On the point of abandoning the project as a lost cause, three ideas suddenly free things up. […]

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Project survey

I successfully applied new tactics yesterday to my train journey project, surveying the left hand side of the journey from Marden to London. Filming the other half of the trip was impossible as one journey pretty much exhausted the camera […]

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Reflection, planning and September’s Art Market

August…a holiday from making art – rest and recharge my batteries rather than schlep round exhibitions – work on the house to improve my environment – reflect not make – focus on the why of making with Nicola Saunderson – […]

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