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edgar allan poe The Maelstrom

May 1, 2007

The Maelstrom
Edgar Allan Poe
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The ways of God in Nature, as in Providence, are not as our ways; nor are the models that we frame any way commensurate to the vastness, profundity, and unsearchableness of His works, which have a depth in them greater than the well of Democritus.
Joseph Glanville.
WE had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag. For some minutes the old man seemed too much exhausted to speak.
“Not long ago,” said he at length, “and I could have guided you on this route as well as the youngest of my sons; but, about three years past, there happened to me an event such as never happened before to mortal man –or at least such as no man ever survived to tell of –and the six hours of deadly terror which I then endured have broken me up body and soul. You suppose me a very old man –but I am not. It took less than a single day to change these hairs from a jetty black to white, to weaken my limbs, and to unstring my nerves, so that I tremble at the least exertion, and am frightened at a shadow. Do you know I can scarcely look over this little cliff without getting giddy?” Read the rest of this entry »

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IOU Waylaid

April 12, 2007

iou waylaid

Jack and I saw the IOU show ‘Waylaid’ tonight. It took place in a dome-like space; (yet another igloo-shaped structure – this must be a visual metaphor for us at the moment!). There was a sense of being in the far north, somewhere up near the arctic circle in my mind. The show involved each member of the audience wearing head phones to listen to a live music and spoken word sound track. I loved the emotional layering of words and sounds that this produced. It did create an audience who all seemed to be in their individual bubbles. I felt a little out of my depth responding to visual theatre as it is a new language for me. The piece explored a limbo land, a space between life and death, between being conscious and unconscious. There were strands of fairy tale elements, such as being kissed awake or trying on a glass slipper that doesn’t fit, but also surreal, almost science fiction stuff as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ORBIS PICTUS

April 9, 2007

-or The Gate to the Wold of Man’s Creative Imagination
interactive exhibition in the Czech Republic
designed by visual artist Petr Nikl

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The Czech Music Museum’s monumental vestibule and transepts have been filled with numerous musical instruments that stimulate creative abilities and imagination in visitors. “The interactive exhibition prompts the visitors to play and create with the help of artistic objects and instruments that produce various sounds and light effects,” says Jiří Wald, the initiator of the project. Read the rest of this entry »

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Natasja van Eijk

April 2, 2007

shoe maker

Poem for Natajsa

You pour me apple tea
that catches light, tastes of golden weather.

This day is grey and full of ideas
yet to be written,

round and smooth as a pregnant belly
or a bag made from brightly coloured beads.

The world is a glass – neither half full
or half empty but ridged and beautiful in its own right.
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odd enjinears

April 2, 2007

shadow show welding projector
The welding projector

This trick was invented and produced by Harry Kentrotas and Simon Dunckley from Cape Town. We used the trick in several shows during 2002.
You need an arc welder. It’s not only useful to do metal work but can also be used perfectly as a light source to create a shadow puppet story: very bright, and within an actual light source less than a centimetre across.

The distances between the light source, the puppets and the projection surface (a wall, a container, etc.) can influence the size of the projected shadows, but doesn’t effect the sharpness: there’s always a clear-cut shadow. To prevent the audience from looking into a light that is far too bright but to allow them only to enjoy the projected images, we welded it in a small wooden box. In that, we cut out a small window, which defines the frame of the projected surface. Read the rest of this entry »

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forkbeard experiments

March 18, 2007

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Experimenting with projected mobiles at forkbeard fantasy’s summerschool

Their summer school was an excellent experience. A week working at their studios in somerset.
They are a theatre company who work with animation film and puppetry to create stage magic.
The week was a mixture of workshops and the opportunity to collaborate with others and create your own work.
After the summer school I worked with Forkbeard on their touring show Shooting Shakespeare.
Where I set up and operated projectors and props on stage.
Here is a forkbeard animation………

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Spring Holds its breath

March 18, 2007

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Spring Holds its breathSee the movie here