Friday, June 08, 2007
Spring time at FreqOUT! this year involved delivering two documentary film training projects with young people at the Cardinal Hume Centre in Victoria and Churchill Gardens Youth Club in Pimlico. The projects were led by film makers Tanya Harris and Lucy Williams who did a fantastic job of organising, inspiring and cajoling the young people to complete the short films titled Hidden Homeless and About Bullying.
We were delighted to be able to screen the films for the first time at the Institute of Contemporary Art's (ICA) cinema last Wednesday night. You can watch the films and find out more about them at www.vitalregeneration.org
We would like to extend a big thank you to FirstLight Movies and UK Film Council funding who made the two projects possible, and to thise people who contributed their time to make the project a success.
FreqOUT! Project Manager Amy Robins spoke at Camberwell College of Arts Research Department's SCIRIA meeting yesterday. SCIRIA, or the 'Sensory Computer Interface Research & Innovation for the Arts' is headed up by Director Dr. Angela Geary and the talk was programmed by Research Fellow James Fuare Walker.
SCIRIA aims to challenge and develop the nature and role of the computer interface in the arts. The Unit explores and develops the potential applications of emerging tangible interface technologies, including haptics and biometrics. It aims to foster an interdisciplinary arts and science collaborative network to achieve outcomes of core relevance and usefulness in the fields of art, design, craft and cultural heritage interpretation.
Amy spoke about the aims of FreqOUT! and the challenges associated with introducing innovative technology to young people in a educational and creative context. The discussion that insued covered the future direction of public art and the potential of young people to teach artists and their teachers about technology.
To find out more about SCIRIA go to:
Camberwell College of Arts
University Of The Arts, London
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
FreqOUT! has been comissioned to run 8 mobile phone video making workshops for the BBC Blast tour this summer. Leed artist Melissa Bliss and her supporting team wll be travelling around the country to BBC Blast events in Cambridge, Leeds, Bournemouth, Londonderry and more.
We will be hosting up to 15 young people for half day or day log workshops in the fold down Blast bus. There is capacity for 10 young people to borrow phones, and 5 more to join in if they can bring their own. The final films made will be upoaded to the BBC Blast web site and will enter a competion. The lucky winners will be able to take part in a 'money can't buy' experience by having their movie shown at a Film Festival in the UK or Europe. We'll keep you posted when dates are confirmed!
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BBC Blast On Tour
FreqOUT!'s flagship summer project 'Museum of The Moment' has just completed is first phase. Masterminded by artist Jennie Savage and contributed to by the community in and around the Westminter section of the Harrow Road (NW9/NW10), the project will act as a showcase for the talents, voices and sounds of the Harrow Road.
For the last month young people from youth clubs based along the Road have been gathering information on ambient sounds and interviewing the local community. The recording phase completed this saturday with a ClashUp! on the Harrow Road in which singers, guitarists, flautists, rappers and DJ's performed along the road as the team recorded the sounds.
The project will complete in September when six radio broadcasts are transmitted by local shops. Passers by will be able to hear the sound by listening on their mobile phone radios or wireless headphones that will available from nearby collection points.
We would like to say thank you to Capgemini, Creative London and London Westside who have generously supported the project, and to the volunteers, young people, technical specialists and other contributers who have made the project happen to date.
If you would like to be informed of, and invited to the final event contact the FreqOUT! Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Specious Dialouges' - a work by artist and Chair of FreqOUT!'s Steering Group Julie Freeman, is currently on show at Kinetica.
The exhibition focuses on artworks that explore, warp, collect and manipulate sound. Collaborating with the Cybersonica Festival, the show presents the work of prominent and pioneering U.K and European artists and features 4 new commisssions. The show runs from 18th May - 29th June 2007. The gallery is at the SP2 Pavillion, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6AA.
Julie's previous projects have included tracking natural biological motion via electronic tagging systems implanted in fish. Julie brings her knowledge of interactive and technologically driven art practise to The FreqOUT! Steering Group alongside other specialist input from Westminster City Council, Capgemini, Vertex, CityWest Homes and fellow artist Saul Albert.
To find out more about Kinetica and Julie's work click on the links below: