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States of Matter - Immersive Experience (Short Edit)
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
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.
STRATUM | Live AV Performance
Stratum is an exploration of landscape and mans effect on it. The piece explores the influence of the North Nottinghamshire terrain, and how the environment has been physically sculpted and carved through unnatural means. This arrives at a salient time, with exploratory fracking drills in application under the ancient Sherwood Forest, and the closure of Thoresby Colliery, the penultimate deep coal mine to close in the UK. This live performance is a sharp journey into geometric abstraction. Utilising kinetic colour spectrums with bold white light, it places naturalistic elements with hyper-real digital glitches. Fused with a sound track of field recordings, and accompanying score from producer Jimmy Power, Stratum promises a driven and bold performance. Performed Live at Splice Festival 2017. Stratum is set to tour unusual spaces in the UK and Europe from summer 2017. View the full performance : https://vimeo.com/271739747
TRANSLATE | Live Visuals
Translate is the first release and title theme from CJ Mirra’s soundtrack to the audio-visual free-surfing experiment and movie, Translate – the latest collaboration with visionary director Chris McClean For this video Rebecca Smith from Urban Projections re-interpreted footage from the original film to created this stunningly beautiful piece... "I hope that the piece enhances the delicacy of the track and film footage...to encapsulate the feeling of power and beauty in the natural world". Strings: Robert M Thomas Additional string arrangement: Ross Sampson
I Too, am a Survivor
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
FLUORESCENCIA | Visual Snapshot
Watch the full documentary by Selina Miles: https://vimeo.com/147499735 In November 2015 three creatives traveled to Paramaribo, the bustling capital of a lesser known nation on the northeastern coast of South America. They arrived with a simple goal, to combine forces in a series of experiments, mixing film, light and muralism. Felipe Pantone is a visual artist based in Valencia, Spain. His work explores themes of futurism, technology, glitches, and the advancement of the species. Strong contrasts, vivid colors, effects, and the use of mixed medium and varied technique combine to impact strongly on the viewer. Obsessed with speed and forward motion, Felipe has taken his large scale mural work worldwide, having painted walls in 5 continents. Rebecca Smith is a multidisciplinary creative based in the UK. Her project Stylus explores progressive forms of combining projection mapping with hand crafted image. In a live performance, both elements evolve and interact, to create a canvas of movement, light and paint. Selina Miles is a filmmaker from Australia. She specialises in the exploration graffiti culture. Watch the full documentary by Selina Miles: https://vimeo.com/147499735
GEOTOPIA | Performance video
Projection Design and Film: Urban Projections Sound Design: Jimmy Power Choreography: Jasmine Eccles, Hayley Ross and The Dancers Dancers: MX4, North Notts Youth Dance Company, The Prototypes & TOL Breakers Crew Siobhan Ashton Oen Clarke Alexandra Graham Bethany James Abigail Jordan Jordan Chelsea Lomas Becca Moore Luke Rainford Susi Schade Kyle Sterland Ashley Taylor Geotopia was produced by County Youth Arts with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council, and was filmed at The Old Library, Mansfield.
Natural History Museum Winter Trailer
Urban Projections worked with the Natural History Museum (London), to create elegant projections onto the beautiful surroundings of the Hinze Hall, and Hope the whale. The Light Cycle provided a creative mobile projection device, to move through the stunning architecture, emphasising detail with moving image. The captured footage forms a poignant trailer for the museums Winter exhibitions. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/winter-at-the-museum.html With thanks to NHM, AKA UK & The Cleveland Agency.
HUNGRY CATERPILLAR | Guerrilla Projections
Guerrilla projections celebrating the 50th birthday of The Hungry Caterpillar. Special thanks to: Penguin House Publishing Eric Carle Studio Rachel Fletcher - Project Manager Carsten Windhorst - Photography Matthew Hudson - Projection Hand Alpha Lab Studios - Video
SHIFT | Light Installation
Based on the concept of the Phoenix, “Shift” is a light installation commissioned by the Royal Northern College of Music. It takes their iconic staircase and transforms it with bold, moving colour, pattern and light, playing on the industrial feel of the structure, emphasising sharp lines, abrupt connections and dynamic interactions of motion. The piece is made of sweeping swells & crescendos, which then drop back to minimalism, using the idea of resurgence, resurrection and return to life. Created and mapped by Urban Projections Sound design by Jimmy Power | Projection by Lumen With thanks to Dr Michelle Castelletti , RNCM Artistic Director
INTO THE WOODS | Stylus Projection Murals
Into The Woods is the first in the series of ‘STYLUS Shorts’, a new chapter in the life of the projection mural escapades, between Rebecca Smith & Peter Barber. The series explores an invigoration for craftsmanship and stripping work back-to-nature, whilst incorporating a juxtaposition of progressive digital projection & mapping techniques. Into The Woods documents the experimentation, in a single evening, with temporary performances surfaces, in this case with shrink wrap, to produce a translucent and ephemeral 3d structure. Playfully using the depth of the structure to create anamorphic imagery, the piece uses spray-painted image to ‘hold’ projection, effectively painting with light. With a quintessential English woodland as the setting for the piece, Into The Woods collaborates with Sonic Artist Jimmy Power, capturing the environmental soundscape, and re-working it for sound design on the final video. Sound design by Jimmy Power With thanks to Jimmy Power, Rowan, Will and Milo the dog. For further information, visit www.wearestylus.com
SPLICE 2017 | Documentary ft. Urban Projections
Short documentary film giving an overview of Splice Festival, an audio visual performing arts festival based in London. At its core the festival’s programme explores the overlapping fields of audio visual art and culture through a collection of live performances and projects including live cinema, AV remixing and VJing alongside other performative work that includes digital theatre, projection mapping, visual music, generative software, creative coding, experimental music and work that uses old and new technology in engaging ways. Splice Festival forms the UK branch of Creative Europe’s AV Node Network, a large scale project which partners 13 art and technology festivals across 12 European countries to promote and support the work of emerging audio visual artists. This film explores the work of a range of artists, speakers and educators who presented their work during the second edition between the 26th – 28th May 2017. The film features the work and words of audio visual pioneers like EBN, Coldcut, DJ Food, Eclectic Method, 1024 Architecture, Dotokime, Edwin de Koning & Bart van der Ploeg, Urban Projections, Adrena Adrena, Joe Beedles, Filastine & Nova, Ben Sheppee, Zan Lyons, Martina Zena, Optika, Mïus X Attaray Visual, Spatial-Golding and Scald Process; with visual sets by Aeldryn and Alba Corral, audio and DJ sets by Tim Cowie, ScanOne, Hector Plimmer and A’Bear along with excerpts from talks and panel disucssions featuring Memo Akten, Andy Lomas, Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), Graham Daniels (Addictive TV), Lisa Brook (Live Cinema UK), Toby Spark and Matteø Zamagni.
STYLUS Episode #1 | Projection Mural
S T Y L U S # 1 was created by Rebecca Smith & Pete Barber. It documents a very cold evening's adventure, in which an image was hand sprayed onto a wall. The image was then projected onto using mapping techniques via Resolume Avenue. Further projections of live digital drawing and animation were created using Tagtool for Ipad. All footage is raw, no post-production......More adventures to follow. Music 'Not My Fault' by Si Tew, courtesy of Phat Elephant Recordings. Check out Episode Two here: www.vimeo.com/61404878 Check out Episode Three here: www.vimeo.com/72207014 Check out Episode Four here: www.vimeo.com/82289168 For further information contact: Bec@urbanprojections.com www.wearestylus.com www.soundcloud.com/simontew
ART + TECH BY HYUNDAI | Documentary
Projection mapping can deliver powerful and hypnotic mixed media experiences, and artist, Rebecca Smith - a multimedia experimentalist - embraces the technology to prompt emotion and expression from her audience. Art + Technology series, from Bloomberg Media & Hyundai: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHzL4NJisJVozqX0kklGfA
SIGHT SPECIFIC BY RATIONALE | Poem Excerpt by Kaite O’Reilly
Sight Specific (Excerpt) is a animated passage which explores the feelings associated with sight loss. Set to poetry from internationally acclaimed playwright Kaite O’Reilly, the piece challenges the preconceptions of visual impairment. The piece comprises bright passages of moving image with high-contrasting, bold forms, in an animated sequence designed to be widely accessible, including to those with visual impairments. Excerpt from live performance: 'Sight Specific', Courtesy of Rationale Productions: rationale.org.uk Poem by Kaite O’Reilly Reading by Kaite O’Reilly
FAULT LINE | Light Installation
Fault Line transforms architectural facades in the beautiful Egyptian cities of Alexandria & Cairo. The piece explores a continuing fascination with geology and local landscape. It explores the transience of energy release, associated with rapid movement of faults on the earths surface. Commissioned for DCAF festival (Cairo), and Backstreet Festival (Alexandria). Sound Design by Jimmy Power, mapping by Joe Catchpole (Alexandria) & Dave Lynch (Cairo). Project Managed by Rachel Fletcher, funded by the British Council Egypt. A huge thank you to everyone involved in helping take the work to such incredible locations! Video courtesy of Joe Catchpole.
MAKING SPACE #2 | Participatory Workshop
S P A C E # 2 in the series of work created during the 'Making Space' project. The second in our series of spaces that we created explored the observation of ourselves and each other. A maze of transparent Perspex and light was installed. Having experimented with poses, we created dramatic shadows and reflections. Our silhouettes were cast around the room and onto sheets of tracing paper. We spent some time drawing around the shapes we were making with our bodies. By removing the barrier of the tracing paper, we created new invisible boundaries. We drew directly onto the Perspex, capturing each others positions and expressions. This created an inspiring installation of images that floated about in the dark space. The ‘Making Space’ project offers multi-sensory creative arts workshops for people with learning disabilities. The sessions allow participants to explore a creative world, where communication becomes a possibility. It is a journey of expression, through the experimentation of various and unique materials, techniques and art forms. The process of making, inventing, and creating, provides therapeutic elements in a way that participants might not have experienced before. Each week brings new experiences, and ultimately offers the chance for people to achieve and develop with their peers, using art as their language. We provide support and encouragement in creative development each session, and build on skills such as confidence and communication, social skills, practical skills, motivation and relaxation. Making space serves people who are currently isolated or restricted in independence and interaction. It not only offers a sense of freedom and belonging, but is the start of a social and creative adventure for each individual who joins us. For more information visit; www.makingspacesproject.tumblr.com
VERTEX LIVE | Video Teaser
VERTEX is a collaboration between audio producer Jimmy Power, and Multimedia artist Rebecca Smith. It is a live performance in which the audio and visual elements intertwine to create a mesmerising experience. Performed from within a gauze cube, audio-reactive visual elements mix with manipulated footage, to form mind bending depth and perspective. Vertex is currently touring unusual spaces in the UK and Europe. For bookings and more information, contact: email@example.com or visit www.urbanprojections.com Thanks to Sam Ziajka for filming Filmed at The Old Library, Mansfield.
SWAN SONG | Leeds Light Night
Swan Song is inspired by Finnish composer Rautavaara’s Swans Migrating, in which swelling orchestralpath through a forest of light, waxing and waning as it responds to the music in the trees By Rebecca Smith & Joff Spittlehouse Commissioned melody mixes with the sounds of whooper swans as they fly south. Follow the by Opera North Project Managed by Rachel Fletcher
LABRYINTH | Projection & Dance
Labyrinth is an exploration of worlds, in which analogue and digital elements interweave to create a beautifully futuristic journey. Influenced by both platform video games and the progression of technology into our everyday routine; Labyrinth explores the possibility of technology harmonising with humanistic form, to offer a forward-facing alternative to our future. Projection Design & Film: Rebecca Smith Audio Production: Jimmy Power Movement Director: Jasmine M Eccles Assistant Movement Director: Kyle Sterland Featuring Young Creatives: Lauren Bingley | Hannah Davidson | Krystle Priestley | Luke Rainford | Ashley Taylor Produced by Inspire Youth Arts
STYLUS Episode #3 | Projection Mural @ Burn Yard
S T Y L U S # 3 was created by Rebecca Smith & Peter Barber. It documents the creation and performance of their projection mural as part of Burn Yard, Budapest, in which thirteen street artists from across the globe collaborated to create a unique space. Burn Yard took place as part of the Hungarian Grand Prix, and featured a live set by Avicii as well as skating by Rune on a one-of-a-kind, specially commissioned sculpture, by Jerry Judah. All video is straight, with no post production effects. Music 'Gave Me Hop' Feat. Jasper by One Bomb Check out Episode One here: www.vimeo.com/59174516 Check out Episode Two here: www.vimeo.com/61404878 Check out Episode Four here: www.vimeo.com/82289168 For further information contact: Bec@urbanprojections.com www.wearestylus.com www.soundcloud.com/onebomb
ORBIT | Participatory Project
'Orbit' was created as large-screen video content, for the World Cerebral Palsy Games Closing Ceremony. It was created during workshops collaborating with participants with learning disabilities, to create a series of VJ Loops. The workshops used hands-on creative activities, to form the organic and texturised aesthetic of the clips. Basic stop-motion animation techniques take us on a circular journey of abstraction and rhythm.... A huge thank you to all participants who contributed to the creation of the piece. Created in collaboration with City Arts & County Youth Arts. Music 'Le Vol De La Chouette' by Laurent Danis, on a creative commons - non commercial licence. Lead Artist, Rebecca Smith, Urban Projections.
INTERFACES FESTIVAL | Workshop & Guerrilla Projections
Urban Projections collaborated with De Montfort University to run a digital drawing workshop as part of Interfaces Festival. Participants used Tagtool to create short animation passages which were then projected around the city using the Light Cycle.
GEOWALTZ | Light Installation
Geowaltz is a light installation created for Nottingham Light Night, set in the trancept of St Mary's church at the heart of the historic Lace Market. In a digital dance of colour, light and geometry, the project was made in collaboration with young disabled people from across Nottinghamshire, lead by Digital artist Rebecca Smith (Urban Projections). Geowaltz combines iPad generated content with projection mapping techniques to form a mesmerising translucent surface, glowing with colour and movement. Lead Artist: Urban Projections. Project concieved and delivered by: County Youth Arts. With thanks to all of the young people who contributed and took part in the project. Further thanks to the audience of over 3,000 who passed through the installation at St Mary's, in a single evening.
52 GENRES & COUNTING | Intro Short
52 GENRES & COUNTING...Charting the History of Black Music Multimedia Artist Rebecca Smith and audio producer Jimmy Power worked with the SKN Heritage Museum to chart a dynamic representation of the history of Black music in the UK. Shown at Splendour Festival, as part of a wider installation piece; Music unifies us all and is a pivotal part of Caribbean culture. Music is also a way of building bridges across ethnic groups and society as a whole. It’s well known that black people have been in the UK since 1700 but most Caribbeans arrived between 1947 and the late 60s, a group known as the ‘Windrush Generation’. They brought colour and vibrancy to the UK along with their brand of music. How did these pioneers move to and become part of a country whose government invited them but where they were not always welcome? Despite the prejudice and signs that said, “No Irish, no dogs, no blacks”, black people were able to use their talent to make their mark in the music industry, creating new genres of music that bring people of different races together. Have you ever listened to a song or piece of music and thought to yourself this song sounds like… or that hook reminds me of… or is just a speeded up version of that old classic etc.? It seems most genres of music have come from a form of black music. Studies have been done charting the history of black American music but not black music in the UK (as far as we know) until now. We’ve charted the contribution of black Britons to music, including those that immigrated or recorded music here. This exhibition charts their amazing and continuing contribution to the UK’s music scene.
MANCHESTER HILL REMEMBERED | Documentary
An insight into a partnership project that commemorated The Battle of Manchester Hill. A hidden First World War story and battle that in one day took the lives of 79 men from the Manchester Regiment. The Battle of Manchester Hill took place in an area of high ground just outside Saint-Quentin in northern France on 21 March 1918. This video documents the process of producing the Manchester Hill Remembered event presented by Brighter Sound, Manchester Histories and Manchester City Council. The work was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund and received support from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment through the Armed Forces Community Covenant, and by Manchester Cathedral.