1. Human Harp #PlayTheBridge


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    Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge by Isambard Kingdom Brunel has just reached it's150th birthday and Human Harp are celebrating this milestone by creating a musical device that can #PlayTheBridge like a giant string instrument! This trailer gives you a glimmer of what it might be like to play a single suspension-rod. Imagine what it would be like to play an entire bridge! Keep a look out for our "movician" (bridge player) testing our brand new equipment in unexpected locations around the UK and beyond over the coming weeks... Special thanks to Sennheiser for funding this film and also Laura Hilton and Dave Anderson of Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, for giving us the opportunity to film this trailer on Clifton Suspension Bridge #PlayTheBridge A film by Di Mainstone & Jesse D Lawrence Our mysterious movician has travelled far to reach Clifton Suspension Bridge in time for it’s 150th birthday. The air is still but for a low steady hum, as though the structure is gently sleeping. One by one she awakens bridge’s suspension rods with a tap of her song-spoon and they issue a loud metallic yawn. She pauses by the rod which supplies the most pleasing tone, and watches as her bridge-playing apparatus jumps from her bag and attaches itself to the bridge's soaring white shaft. Each device is designed to control a different aspect of the bridge’s voice and is operated by our movician via two retractable cables which she tethers to her harness. As she pulls the harp-strings and moves her body to and fro, she unleashes the bridge’s deep, melancholy song which bounces off the rocky cliffs, across the Avon Gorge to the distant lands beyond. #PlayTheBridge Human Harp's artistic director Di Mainstone has relocated to Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio to co-create the new harp with local creatives. So far Di has collaborated with students from University of the West of England, Arup engineers, electrical engineer Seb Madgwick, documentarian Jesse Lawrence and film producers Linn Waite & Kate Byers from Early Day films. Back in London our tech producer Becky Stewart had been overseeing the digital development of our instrument, working with electrical engineer Seb Madgwick and audio coder Adam Stark to create new "digi-bow" that will make the Human Harp more musically versatile. We have also been working closely with David Ross our industrial designer to create more robust housing for our technology. . #PlayTheBridge A Short Film by Di Mainstone & Jesse D Lawrence Movician: George Hampton Wale Narrative: Di Mainstone Director of Photography: Jesse D Lawrence Editors: Jesse D Lawrence & Nye Williams Sound: Cassini Sound, Charlotte Barnes, Lukas Greiwe, Martyn Harries and Adam JB Producers: Early Day Films, Linn Waite and Kate Byers Human Harp Team Artistic Lead: Di Mainstone Technical Producer: Becky Stewart ARUP Engineering: Roland Trim, Ian Wise and Alan Dennis Electrical Engineering: Seb Madgwick Industrial Design: David Ross & Lea Aubertin Audio Software: Adam Stark & Yuli Levtov Creative Assistants: George Hampton Wale, Lewys Webber, Harry Fricker Queen Mary University of London: Alessia Milo & Louis McCallum Project Support: Kate Warren, Nadia Abdulla Special thanks to: Laura Hilton, Dave Anderson of Clifton Suspension Bridge and Verity McIntosh and Claire Reddington of Pervasive Media Studio

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    • Theatre Book - Macbeth


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      'Theatre Book - Macbeth' is a battery powered cinematic pop-up book. The prototype book includes 6 pop-up pages designed like sets on a stage with actors projected onto the paper scenery. All technical equipment such as a micro projector and computer, batteries, loudspeakers and mirroring devices are integrated into the cover of the book in order to create a stand alone storytelling device, mixing the formats of books and theatre stages.The story is driven by the owner of the book who turns the pages and thus triggers video and sound to play out the scenes. In this prototype the story of Macbeth is being told through visuals and music/sound only. Theatre Book is a development of The Icebook, the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up book: www.theicebook.com Theatre book is a collaboration between Davy & Kristin McGuire, Matt Hayler and the Royal Shakespeare Company, supported by the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy. REACT is a collaboration led by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). React-hub.org.uk

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      • Sustaining Creativity: An Introduction


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        'Sustaining Creativity’ is a series of conversations and events exploring environmental challenges, drivers of change, and the opportunities that transformative solutions offer to the creative community. The programme was launched with a seminar on 19th November 2013 bringing together a group of 45 actively engaged professionals from across arts and sustainability sectors. The event focused on the future of creative industries in the coming decade and what is perceives to be the critical drivers for change.

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        • Pop-up Fleapit demo


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          Control the pop-up cinema from your smartphone with the Pop-up Fleapit - exhibited as part of the fringe events at Bristol's Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2013 at The Parlour Showrooms, Park Street Bristol. Made by @CharlotteCrofts Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE, with @Tarim8 Mediaplagrounds and Know Alternative. Programmed with the best of DepicT! and The 0117 Film Challenge 2013 @Watershed @EncountersSFF

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          • Vocal Migrations Work In Progress, Bedford, 2012


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            Performance of Vocal Migrations by Kathy Hinde at St Cuthbert's Hall Bedford, with members from Bedford Creative Arts Community Choir. This piece was inspired by how bats use sound to navigate. Kathy worked with Matt Olden and Tarim at Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio to develop a mobile audio device for live vocal sampling, using distance sensors to change the playback duration of the sample. This performance followed a series of development workshops experimenting with developing the technology from scratch. More info on this project blog www.pmstudio.co.uk/project/vocal-migrations. Commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts, support in kind from the Pervasive Media Studio with additional funding from Arts Council England.

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            • Theatre Jukebox presents A World Elsewhere


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              A brand new Theatre Jukebox curation commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company that uses material and inspiration from the current season, A World Elsewhere, and the RSC Collection and Archive. It explores changing ideas in astronomy during Shakespeare and Galileo’s lifetimes, and reveals the impact of a magnificent new star that appeared in the night sky when they were both just eight years old. How might this star, and the changes it brought about, have influenced Shakespeare and his work?

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              • Pervasive Cookbook Launch


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                The Pervasive Media Cookbook is a Hackspace meets Jamie Oliver mash-up where art and engineering mix to inspire entry level producers to get involved with the new world of location based media experiences. It promotes the emerging field of Pervasive Media by showing how 12 innovative experiments were made. The Cookbook launch is the culmination of a two-year AHRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Fellowship led by Professor Jon Dovey as a partnership with the Watershed Arts Trust. The project worked with Creative Economy partners to define the language of Pervasive Media and support the development of its market. Over two years the team ran user tests, workshops, conferences and seminars reaching over 400 people and working closely with SW digital businesses. The video features excerpts from talks given at the launch event by Professor Jon Dovey of the DCRC and Clare Reddington, director of iShed and the Pervasive Media Studio, alongside interviews with a number of participants whose work is featured in the Pervasive Media Cookbook. Interviewer: Jess Linington Camera/Editing: Sy Taffel

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                • Channel Weather Symmetry


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                  A film about the weather of the Bristol Channel as witnessed from National Trust properties of Brean Down on the Somerset coast and Rhosilli on the Gower Peninsular, South Wales by sound artist Geraint Ffrancon and photographer and filmmaker Nicky Brown. Commissioned by Local Journeys community interest company in collaboration with the National Trust and made possible by funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and Colwinston Trust - enjoy!

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                  • Theatre Jukebox


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                    “Imagine a Jukebox that plays stories instead of records, and allows you to choose the chapters you want. Stand + Stare Collective have already imagined such a machine.” Suzy Arnold - D-Shed Theatre Jukebox is an arcade-style cabinet that tells stories in a unique way. RFID tags hidden inside a selection of cards allow the machine to trigger top-down projection and audio specific to each card. Audience members are invited to choose from the selection of cards and have control over how many and in which order they wish the stories to be played. Each card plays a two-minute narrative. As a user, a two-minute snapshot will give you a self-contained and unique experience, but if you continue, the connections between the cards begin to build a bigger picture. In the case of our initial curation, this ‘bigger picture’ is an autobiographical story based on a box of family records belonging to Lucy and Barney’s family (the Heywoods). The treasure box is a rich source of inspiration containing letters and drawings, such as those from their Great Grandfather in the Boer War; sketch books that belonged to their Grandfather; photographs taken at his Modernist house; magazines and newspaper clippings including coverage of the moon landings plus diaries, memoirs, wax-stamped letters, parchment papers and artifacts that date back more than 600 years. Each card is unique and the stories are brought to life in different ways. Some cards have simple animation within the image; some have projections that spread out on the tabletop; some play digitised cine-films on the back and some use binaural audio to increase the immersive nature of the experience. The resulting work is a fragmented, non-linear narrative, pieced together by audience member/s in whatever order they choose to select the cards. It is like snippets of memory or flicking through a photo album, each picture sparking images, associations, snatches of conversations and ideas.

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                    • igfest 2011


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                      A little video of some of the fun at igfest circa 2011. In 2011 the festival had 40 games and there were 1200 people who turned up to play them.

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