Copied & Redacted Comics

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lol youtube commenters vs. video art

Inspiring video art remix from Dara Birnbaum – Technology/Transformation (1978/9)

I found out about this from this amazing book.

I’ve also just found out that YouTubePoop has relevance for my practice and perhaps my research paper. I’ll digest and reflect at a later date.



Chelsea Salon – Cons Project building


I showed a test version of Do You Remember When We Met? at the Chelsea Salon on Friday.

It was a great opportunity to devise and set up a piece within about 48 hrs of being chosen to show.

What I learned:

1) Get their early. I didn’t want to be included in the showreel (largely ignored on the launch night) so wanted to have my own space.

2) Talk to the curator, security guard and buildings person. I needed all of their help at one point or another.

3) Negotiate space in a friendly way

4) Go the extra mile – I went to the space on Saturday to switch everything on / turn it all off. Even if someone was there to do it – it makes a difference if you’re seen putting yourself out a bit.




Back in the studio after a week on the PG CERT course that Istituto Marangoni have enrolled me on. The course has great relevance for my Masters (reflective learning, teaching and learning theory) but also increases my workload considerably (the qualification equates to 1/3 of a full Masters).

Prior to this week I’ve been struggling with the Pi and Processing. After several frustrating days (and with the help of Ed Kelly) I’ve discovered that the Pi isn’t capable of running Processing at the speed necessary to display video. I’ve now purchased a small desktop PC which I’m going to use exclusively for Processing-based installation work. I still have the ‘stealability’ issue to deal with, but figure a refurbished desktop machine is way less covatable than a laptop. Nethertheless, I’ve lost a couple of weeks trying to bend the Pi to my will, so now I have rather a large mountain to climb if I’m going to show anything in July.

With this in mind I thought I’d spec out the rest of June. I’m pursuing 3 projects so the next 2 weeks are going to be crucial. I have a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C with regards to both the Lumen Prize and the interim show.

The 3 ideas that I’m working on are:


Plan A – Interactive video installation

Using Processing, a sonar distance sensor, a video projector, sound and image assets. The viewer controls the speed that a set of images appear. The closer they get to the projection, the slower the image rate, halting when the viewer is approx 1cm from the image.


a ‘Noir’ version of The Mystery Beach, re-using the technology from the interim show at Brixton East


Plan B – Video installation


Appropriated footage from John Boorman’s 1967 revenge thriller Point Blank


Appropriated footage from Peter Godfrey’s 1956 film noir Please Murder Me


Plan C – Redacted Comics

Display a series of redacted comics, perhaps in conjunction with a moving image piece.


W/C 16th June:

Get sonar distancing sensor, arduino and Processing to talk to each other.

Use distance measuring to control the image rate.

Test with imagery created by me (collage, greek statue vs superhero, digital collage)

Test with imagery downloaded from the internet

W/C 23 June

Finalise imagery to be used in installation

Work on display options for redacted comics

Test Point Blank / Please Murder Me footage

W/C 30 June

Enter work for Lumen


Final Piece – Interim Show

The final piece was made using the technology described above, with the viewer controlling the rate of the actors pace, using appropriated footage from the revenge thriller ‘Point Blank’.

Appropriation and Immersion


“Appropriation is indeed the first stage of postproduction: the issue is no longer to fabricate an object, but to choose one among those that exist and to use or modify these according to a specific intention.”

Bourriaud N. in Postproduction / Appropriation


“We fear the fictional even as we long to immerse ourselves in it”

Rose.F in The Art Of Immersion

These two books are proving revelatory, both in terms of my own practice and also in influencing my research paper proposal. Frank Rose has an interesting blog too.


Here’s a bit of light appropriation – based relief from Beyonce for a sunny Friday.