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States of Matter - Immersive Experience (Short Edit)
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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
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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
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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
SPLICE 2017 | Documentary ft. Urban Projections
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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.
MAKING SPACE #2 | Participatory Workshop
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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
52 GENRES & COUNTING | Intro Short
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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.