Commissioned by the 9th Earl De La Warr in 1935 and designed by architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff, the De La Warr Pavilion was the UK‘s first public building designed in the Modernist style. Pioneering in structure as it was in spirit, the purpose of this steel and concrete Pavilion was to provide accessible culture and leisure for the people of Bexhill and beyond and so regenerate the economy of the town and the surrounding area.
In 1935 when the De La Warr Pavilion was being finished, Serge Chermayeff, one of its two architects, envisaged a 10ft statue of the ancient Greek goddess Persephone for the front of the building overlooking the seafront Lido. Neither the statue or the Lido were ever made - a marble bust of Persephone was commissioned, but it was decided that this kind of classical decorative flourish was out of step with the clean, modern streamline design ideal that the Pavilion embodied, so the full statue was never built.
Ditigal art collective MOTH were comissioned by UP Projects, an independent public art agency, to create a site specific audio/visual performance that responds to the De la Warr Pavilion. Inspired by the myth of Persephone and the story of the statue, they developed Plinth - a high definition video graffiti theatre experience inspired by the Modernist architecture of the De La Warr Pavilion, with music created by capturing sounds from inside the building itself as well as live audio sung by VC_Kristi and transmitted via wireless headsets. The performance headlined the DLWP's 'Random Fridays' evening on June 19th, as part of the South East's Festival of Architecture 2009.
The story follows Orpheus, a musician, as he leads the spirit of his wife Eurydice from Hades, after Persephone, Queen of Hades, makes a deal with them. Eurydice can leave the Underworld and return to life by following Orpheus, but only on the condition that he doesn’t turn to look at her before they reach the surface. If he does, he will lose her forever.
Short video report from Live Performers Meeting 2009, Brancelone, Rome
mouth&glowstick visuals are done by Studio Aira, sorry for lack of label in video
Trimphone from Lukas Vojir is live visual mixing/generating tool. Arduino, webcam and microphone are involved. Dialing number selects ear videos, they are blended along with webcam feed. Microphone activity trigers overlay effect.
More info, photos and technical details here: rmx.cz/trimphone/
There was a documentary film crew at Cafe 1001 when I arrived at the vjlondon.org meetup. They were there to produce a 3 minute segment on VJing in London for a television show. They asked if they could interview me. I'm much more comfortable behind a camera than in front of one, but gave it a go.
The editing process might have lost a little in the translation - I'm seen saying "I've just started", though I started in 2006, and I think I was talking about just starting performing in London. You can see the result here: vimeo.com/3696176
I had a better-than-expected play out on the triple-head setup, and would like to try it again with content designed for a 4:1 display. I heard some interested comments somewhere in my vicinity and had some nice feedback from people who had been watching.
Thanks to Dr.Mo for organising the meetup, nebulus and silenteclipse for the projectors, deepvisual and whoever else supplied equipment.
There was a significant power outage in East London that night that extended to quite near Cafe 1001, so thanks also to good fortune. I had a great time, much better than I imagine I'd have had at home in the dark!
this was our first meeting at cafe 1001. thanks to gary, we were able to set up 3 projectors with a matrox triple-head for stunning wide-screen visuals.
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VJs TV presents Mapping Festival 2012
We would like to present you a short film of this year Mapping Festival in Geneva. It is also an opportunity for us to launch our new website vjstv.com with over 1000 great videos of VJs and Videos Artists with also VJ Channel channel.vjstv.com streaming videos online. If you wish to submit a project check out vjstv.com/submit and fill in the form, we will gladly take a look.
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Rory Phillips - Chamber Music (Original Mix)