Archive for the ‘Exhibition’ Category

Santa’s Secret Tombola

December 19, 2006

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Attention Credits ID S7T267692552006X was bought at Santa’s Secret Tombola

Mulled wine, decorations, Christmas trees, lights, nibbles and art all under one roof. What more could could an art-lover want on the penultimate shopping weekend before Christmas?

Check it out on Art Cornwall to see all the works that was exhibited.

Read more on BBC Where I Live

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Attention Informer

May 23, 2006

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Using the model of the Attention Seeker a tool bar appears once swiped to inform a viewer the current point in the duration of the film.

Like the Attention Seeker we made for the experiment, it could discreatly fade in and out at the bottom of the screen, show the duration of the video and indicate through the timeline bar what stage the video is at when you swipe. Because the unique identification number on the card for this application is not required, it would be possible to use cheaper, lower frequency tags and readers, or even use this function inconjunction with others.

This idea also goes hand in hand with, Attention (Re)Starter, where the swipe actually takes you to the beginning of the film. The problem with this idea is the same as the egg timers you get in sauna's, if it has been started before you, you need to wait either until others have left or until its ready to start again anyway. But maybe if the reader could see everyone enter and exit the screening space, it would know if you were alone and know if it were able to restart the video.

How long do you give a video…

May 23, 2006

before you more on?

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Also as part of the discussion at Loop was the challenge and commitment that video requires of its audience, to watch each work through its full duration would take days, by which time you either can't remember anything you've seen, or your eyes are so tired and craving daylight you couldn't care less. So its important to be selective for your sanity's sake – but with a durational medium some things just do take time. Marc Spiegler who was mentoring the discussion told us he has been speaking to Christian Jankowski about this and together they had decided that you should give a video 3mins before you move on.

Then there's the idea of a screening programme, where video's could be screened in a predetermined order at a predetermined time in more 'appropriate' setting (by appropriate I mean dark space, comfortable seating, quality projection and sound) – more like cinema or theatre, when you enter the experience with some sort of commitment to staying and watch items from the beginning to the end.

But one thing your audience needs is information, when you walk into a installation space one thing you need to know is the duration of the film, to give you a context of whether those 3mins you are going to watch are at the beginning, middle or end of the movie.

This is where my RFID project could be a solution…

Loop Video Fair

May 22, 2006

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This weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Loop Video Fair in Barcelona, it was a truly wonderful experience. Firstly it was my first art fair, which was an experience in itself – it really opened my eye's to the world of the art market, people buying art, thats not a painting or a photograph or a sculpture, a regular commodity for the wealthy.
I met lots of interesting and fun people, saw hours and hours of videos, listened to some thought provoking debate, ate some delicious food and still had the chance to do some dancin!!!
Ok so the fair takes place in a hotel, the invited galleries get a hotel room to display the work, using projections straight on to the walls (after they had removed any pictures), monitors and tv's on the fixed furniture, the floor and in the bathroom (and the gallerist's get to stay in the same room for the weekend too). Its a very different context to any other I've ever seen video displayed in, and because of this context most of the work is displayed as single channel pieces.

One highlight was the talk I went to:
"Round Table: Competing developments in video and film distribution – the market and festivals in dialogue…
The debate will focus on the subject of the latest productions and new directions in video, the parallel development of markets for limited edition video works and mass-distribution "video" cinema, and the growing number of festivals dedicated to video and digital art."

So there was discussion on the issues of technical installation and developments in display methods; the potential of video art that goes beyond single channel works; the challenges that the media has on the market (you can buy an edition of a work but you then need the technical equipment to view the work) and the reasons for buying video art being less about the commodity and more about a passion and love of the media, work and the aspiration to develop artists.
Where do you draw the line between video art or experimental/short film, do you need to, is the difference just the context in which the work is being viewed? Does duration and narrative influence the context, if you pay money to see a screening programme are you more devoted/committed to all the films.

But just as inspiring was the quality dancing that was to be had at La Paloma, what an amazing venue, with some interesting performances!

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What did we learn?

May 15, 2006

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I've been taking my time to process what happened at the experiment, we had lots of feedback verbally from people at the time, their comments on this blog, and the stats we collected from the Attention Grabber. But here's some responses.

Power
People have been talking about control and the feeling of power that the card gave them. The notion of power is not something I had realised people would attach to the cards and the action of swiping. It was a conscious decision to make people feel an attachment to this card that they were being told was THEIR attention, and I felt it was important that people were part of a process. This was my method of getting the audience to participate in something that could have been quite an alien action.
Control
A number of people spoke about the idea of control. Questioning if the video is controlling you or are you controlling it? And the answer is both, the video was only changing when it received attention but it had certain conditions to fulfill before it would react.
The idea of control was a cyclical motion between viewer and viewed. It was this notion of presence, that I was trying to recreate/represent.
Interaction!????!
So I asked, "Did you feel like you were interacting?". My intention was to find out what people's response was to the idea of interaction, and in many ways I wanted the answer to be "no". But by posing the question, maybe it's my fault for misleading people into thinking about the experiment in the same terms as another interaction work.But people's perceptions of what interaction is, where the viewer does something and you get an immediate obvious reaction response, seemed to tarnish quite a number of people's experiences, because when they gave their attention they expected to get a return, and it seems the response of the acknowledgment of their attention (their photograph, name, time-stamp) was not enough.
Experiment/Research/Installation
Also I think people forgot that this was a research project rather than a completed artwork. It needed to be a professional setting for people to engage with the process properly – but this lead to some people having expectations of the content they were watching and giving responses to this rather than the issues of their live presence in the installation and its effect on the art.

Basic Stats

May 8, 2006

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I've spent my weekend trying to make sense of all the data we recorded at the experiment. I've been building graphs (well trying to remember how to build graphs), some of which make no sense but look nice and others that just make me want to do more complicated things!

We were open for 8hrs over two afternoons and we received over 20 hours of attention! and 3213 attention hits.
The average duration of an Attention givers visit was 13.5mins.
Giving an average 36 attention hits.

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This is a graph of Simon's attention hits, showing the screen, the time intervals of hits and hit counts (this is one of the groovy yet uninformative graphs!).

Experiment underway

May 3, 2006

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The Attention Please experiment is now live in The Box at FACT, Liverpool, UK. The live experiment runs Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May from 2-6pm. We have already had quite large visitor numbers attending, all of whom have been paying attention!

Hanging Screens

May 2, 2006

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The screens that Sara will be using for the video are double sided 2 meter square rear projection screens hand made using Screen Goo at FACT.  Sara and Nick are hanging them right now.  Sara's riding around on a MEWP – a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (a TM 12 to be precise).  After the screens are up and aligned, there's just the projectors to align, & speakers to hang. Then there's the computers to hook up, and then to make it all look pretty.

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Early morning exercise

May 2, 2006

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Setup Day 2 started with some rather physical sofa removal work.  We are preparing the space at the Box, in FACT.  FACT has many special design features some are obvious to the visiting public, some not so.  The Box is a small and cosy cinema which comfortably seats 50 on 25 sofas.  When it's not being used as a cinema, or space for a talk, the sofas neatly pack under the floor via a rather special hydraulic lift and sofa storage system.  It's pretty nice! It does require a lot of help though, the seasoned FACT experts seemed to know what they were doing, I was a bit rubbish so hid behind the camera!

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Making all the computers work…

May 2, 2006

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It's a quiet Bank Holiday Monday at FACT and we were hooking up all the computers, RFID readers, projectors, and several apps. Paul worked on finalising the applications made at CocoaDevHouse and Sara got everything installed on all the machines we are using. Katie helped with cutting stickers to the right size! did some testing, helped with semantics, oh and bought tshirts and plenty of coffee for everyone.

By 8pm we were all done – everything going to plan. As a special Bank Holiday treat (Sara's) Simon cooked us an amazing dinner of scallops in Champagne sauce – and that was just for starters!

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Open Call

April 18, 2006

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We're seeking gallery goers in Liverpool to take part in an interactive experiment. The experiment asks nothing more than for you, the audience to give your attention. “Attention Please!” is a video installation with a difference; your attention is important and valuable, pay your attention carefully, and it will be rewarded.

Artist Sara Smith is working with technology partner Kisky Netmedia on this experiment using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. We're mixing techno tags with vivacious video. We're exploring presence and your effect on the art.

As people, ideas and hot new products compete for our attention through TVs, billboards, and the Internet, do they know if we're really paying attention? What if your attention can be measured? What happens when we pay attention to art? And if we do, will it change or react? Will it know? Does it matter? It does now.

We're looking for individuals and groups to participate in our experiment. Come alone, bring your friends or family; it's fun!

Pay attention at

The Box, FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ.

03 & 04 May 2pm – 6pm

Just turn up.
If you want to bring a group before 2pm or only finish work at 6pm and want to come afterwards, contact us and we would be happy to accommodate you!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Attention on Upcoming please!

April 8, 2006

Attention Please! on Upcoming

We like using Upcoming.org Attention Please! An Experiment has been added to Upcoming as an event. If you're thinking of attending or just want to 'watch' the event, please add yourself on Upcoming.org. If you don't already use Upcoming, you should! It's a great way to find out about and promote events of any type in your area or interest group.

Find Attention Please! on Upcoming here.