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SHIFT | Light Installation

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IMMERSION | Immersive Installation
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RE-MOVE | Immersive Installation
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RE-MOVE | Immersive Installation

Re-Move is an immersive sound and light installation exploring the human consequences of climate change and disaster displacement. It fills the beautiful architecture of St Mary’s church with an evolving journey of synchronised light and sound. Climate change is the defining crisis of our time, and disaster displacement one of its most devastating consequences. Entire populations are being displaced due to slow onset environmental processes such as drought, wildfire, sea-level rise, shoreline erosion, flooding and agricultural disruption. Re-Move is an engaging and abstract reflection on the journeys taken by those affected, the human impact, and the action and inaction of how we are dealing with this all-encompassing crisis. Artist Urban Projections, and Composer & Sound Designer CJ Mirra, continue their collaborative journey, co-creating this year’s installation with Inspire Youth Arts and young people from across Nottinghamshire, for Nottingham Light Night 2023. The piece is a continuation of work from 2022, in which ‘States of Matter’ explored the effects of Climate change on our planets fragile relationship with water. Building on last years scientific lines of enquiry, this years work explores the human consequence of the climate crisis. Re-move is created in collaboration with Dr Tom Vickers, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University and author of Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis (2019, Bristol University Press). It draws inspiration, and uses audio samples, from Tom’s work with refugees in the UK. Over the last fifteen years Tom has used a focus on borders and racism to examine how exploitation, oppression and resistance operate across fields including employment, volunteering, social work & social care, and the media. Commissioned by: Inspire Youth Arts Artists: Urban Projections & CJ Mirra Co-Creation: Yeoman Park Academy & Proto-Type Workshop Lead: Tom Shawcroft Partners: Dr Tom Vickers (Associate Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University) Technical Partners: Sterling Event Group Audio Samples: Courtesy of Dr Tom Vickers & Nkosilathi Nyathi: A next-generation solution to the climate crisis | TED - Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives. With Thanks to : St Mary’s Church
STATES OF MATTER | Immersive Installation
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STATES OF MATTER | Immersive Installation

States of matter is a stunning immersive experience, which filled the architecture of St Mary’s church in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, with synchronised light, sound and visual effects. It questions our fragile relationship with water, whilst examining its natural cycle. With a predicted 4 degree shift in global temperatures over the next 80 years, polar ice caps are set to irreversibly melt, and global sea levels rise to dangerous levels, presenting one of the greatest challenges to humanity. Water connects us all. States of Matter was created in a synergy between multimedia artist Urban Projections, and composer & sound designer CJ Mirra. Additional field recordings from the Arctic, Antarctic and the Humboldt Current, in the Pacific Ocean, are supplied by internationally renowned location recordist and sonic artist, Chris Watson, whose work includes the David Attenborough series ‘Frozen Planet’. The artists collaborated with young people from Nottinghamshire, in a co-creation process from which their thoughts and ideas became articulated into the final artwork. The discussions enabled dialogue and encouraged conversation into global warming, water poverty and the the interconnectedness of the atmosphere, earth and ocean, through the water cycle. The young people also took part in a series of workshops creating audio samples and recordings from their surroundings, in response to the theme. These were then woven together with the field recordings from Chris, into a subliminal sonic score by CJ Mirra. In a process of symbiosis, the visual elements were developed along side the soundscape, carefully constructing passages of immersion based on the ‘states of matter’. Using light as a medium, exploring colour theory and working with the latest audio-visual technologies, Urban Projections guided the young people through a workshop process with technical partners Sterling Events, to construct the final experience. It is hoped that States of Matter presents a means for enabling dialogue and encouraging conversation on the issues currently facing us all, with regards our relationship with water. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” - Dr Jane Goodall, Scientist & Activist. Lead Artists: Urban Projections & CJ Mirra Co designed by the Proto-Type young digital artists including; Ethan Mckenna, Ellie May Eales, Joshua Todd, Jack Todd, Leo Dawson, Scarlett Marsden, Nathan Owen. Co-Creation: Newark Emmaus Trust, IYA Home Education Group, Portland College, Harlow Academy, IYA Music Group. Field Recordings: Chris Watson Vocalist: Karlotta Skagfield Produced by: Inspire Youth Arts Technical Partners: Sterling Event Group Project Management: Rachel Fletcher Video Edit - Jimmy Knott
DAWN CHORUS | Pico Projections
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DAWN CHORUS | Pico Projections

Dawn Chorus was created deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest during Covid-19 isolation. Urban Projections and Fabric Lenny collaborated remotely, in a process of play and experimentation. All characters were projected live in their environments with pico projection systems, no post production, with accompanying audio soundscapes captured in the woodland. Connecting with the natural world has become increasingly challenging during the COVID-19 outbreak. We find ourselves in partcularly unfamiliar and turbulent times, living through enforced lock-downs and extensive social distancing, each pushing against our human need for relationships and connectedness. Significant scientific research concludes that getting close to nature, and specifically listening to birdsong, improves our mental and emotional health, happiness and wellbeing. During the outbreak alone, it has been noted that birdsong is much more prevalent. Whilst the birds flourish on the quiet streets, we are all learning to listen and appreciate more. ‘Dawn Chorus’ is a piece of digital work which seeks to contemplate what nature means to people during these unparalleled times. It examines how we might seek comfort in the most basic of interactions with nature; a glimpse of a blue sky, or the fleeting song of a passing blackbird. This comes at a prevalent time, as more than a quarter of our native birds face extinction risk or steep decline. Climate change, intensive farming and pollution are just some of the genuinely existential threats to the future of our birds. ‘Dawn Chorus’ will celebrate our connection to them, appreciating and absorbing the qualities of their song, and what it represents to us as humans. Commissioned by First Art for Get Connected Festival & Remote Access.
I TOO AM A SURVIVOR | Immersive Museum Exhibit
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I TOO AM A SURVIVOR | Immersive Museum Exhibit

I Too, am a Survivor is a 360 degree Immersive experience, set across a 12 sided room. Through the words of T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Sarah Howe and an immersive audio-visual experience, the Chinese ceramic display explores the imagined lives lived by seven precious objects from the World Cultures Gallery at National Museums, Liverpool. By looking at the object's point of view - their journeying, belonging, dislocation and resilience - perhaps we learn not only about their history, but of ourselves too.  The World Cultures gallery showcases World Museum’s huge collections from Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania. Featuring more than 1,600 objects, the gallery explores the exchange of ideas and objects between Europe and the many cultures represented in the displays. This is the first in a series of interventions or ‘provocations’ at the World Cultures gallery in World Museum, which seek to use theatrical or imaginative displays to expose the difficult and contested histories of collections through collaborations with artists. This is World Museum’s way to talk openly about how objects from around the world  have come to be in its World Cultures gallery and, uniquely, in  Liverpool. The museum is seeking to challenge how objects are  displayed an d interpreted, and by whom. On permenant display at World Museum, Liverpool now. Produced for National Museums Liverpool Animation & Creative Design: Rebecca Smith Poet: Sarah Howe Sound design: CJ Mirra Storyboarding: Meaningful Magic Technical Partners & Set build: Adlib With thanks to all the team at NML Tide Project Liverpool John Moores University #WMWhereNext
SHIFT | Light Installation