1. The Hex of Ergot (Popping Corn)


    from Cherry Kino / Added

    480 Plays / / 4 Comments

    A Super 8 work entirely edited in camera, and shot and processed in one day during the Spur Exchange artist residency, ‘The hex of ergot (popping corn)’ is a musing on the connection between grain, ergot (a poisonous and sometimes hallucinogenic fungus that can grow when grain is damp), the witch-hunt trials in Salem in the 1690s, and consumerism in Leeds. While popcorn and cinema have a long and well-known affinity, the Spur Exchange residency took place in the Corn Exchange, where corn and other grains used to be traded. It’s now full of shops and restaurants, and has a carefully monitored aesthetic and ambience. My film came from a feeling that these things are all connected. More than 250 women were hanged for witchcraft in Salem because of strange behaviour that was attributed to demonic possession or witches’ curses. Modern research suggests that this was probably the result of ‘ergotism’, a toxic fungal condition caused by ingesting mouldy grain that causes hallucinations, convulsions and many other violent physical manifestations. The bright colours and gaudy trinkets in the shops in the Corn Exchange made me think of a kind of sugary, gobstopper-coloured hallucination, and prompted the thought that altered states and consumerism are closely connected. I then started thinking about systemic candidiasis (a condition a huge number of people unwittingly suffer from), where consumption of sugar leads to an overgrowth of fungus in our bodies causing mood-swings and depression as well as many other imbalances. This then causes a sugar addiction and further deterioration, creating a vicious circle. As for the fate of hallucinating shoppers… only time will tell!

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    • Crossing the Bay


      from SPUR / Added

      Denisa Trenkle - Graphic Designer/ Script Writer Bjorn Rostad - Animator Jordan Salinger - Producer Micah Hilt - Project Manager Egon Terplan - Musical Composer/ Script Editor Jonathan Rogers - Researcher Sarah Dennis Phillips - Narrator Noah Christman - Audio Assistant Anthony Bruzzone - Content Consultant Contact: denisa_trenkle@gensler.com or jordan.salinger@gmail.com

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      • Spartacus the african spurred tortoise


        from Michael Turnbow / Added

        357 Plays / / 2 Comments

        Spartacus eating while limo and broski the dogs hound him.

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        • Barker & Baumecker - 'Spur' (Clark Remix)


          from Warp Records / Added

          Pre-order Clark's upcoming album 'Feast / Beast' from Bleep at https://bleep.com/release/44248-clark-feast-beast Animated by Cyriak, Clark's remix of Barker & Baumecker's 'Spur' is a brand new track from 'Feast / Beast', out September 16th (17th in North America).

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          • Provisorium


            from Philipp Wartenberg / Added

            343 Plays / / 2 Comments

            Provisorium is an interactive installation for dancers. The movement tracking is realized with a kinect attached at the ceiling. A Pure-Data patch is transforming the positioning data into several controls of acoustic and musical elements. Concept, programming, sound & video: Ives Schachtschabel & Philipp Wartenberg Performance: Valentin Schmehl http://www.uni-weimar.de/medien/wiki/GMU:Spur,_Weg,_Vektor/freie_Arbeit/Provisorium

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            • Bentley Power On Ice


              from KopterCam / Added

              1,393 Plays / / 2 Comments

              We were asked by Bentley to come and shoot some aerials of their New Flying Spur. Shot over two days in Kuusamo, Finland on a frozen winters lake. #NewFlyingSpur http://www.koptercam.fi http://www.facebook.com/koptercam Production by Keko London.

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              • Indiana Artisan Profile: Ocken Bit & Spur Co.


                from Ben Schreiner / Added

                189 Plays / / 1 Comment

                Video shot & edited by Ben Schreiner for Traditional Arts Indiana & www.indianaartisan.org Lyn and Jay Ocken had no intention of building a business out metalworking. As a multi-generational horse family, they just wanted to use their creativity to make their own unique spurs, bits and buckles. What they discovered was a knack for creating functional art that appealed to a wide range of horse enthusiasts. Jay is the blacksmith, forging the sterling silver and steel pieces that Lyn then engraves and embellishes with bronze and silver. What I do is the basis for Lyns artistry, says Jay. Our work isnt unique or beautiful until she touches it. After classes in engraving and time spent with expert bit and spur maker Vernon Lynes, the Ockens began to expand their business through referrals, some as far away as Australia. Most of their pieces are custom order, but they both want to see their business grow to include more of Lyns artistic expressions. The Ockens also want to elevate their metal work as a valuable traditional art form for Indiana. Lyn feels the Indiana Artisans program gives them the avenue they need to market their business both here in Indiana for exhibition and wholesale for industry trade shows. We had also grown very tired of the box stores and products that were stamped out with no human hands ever touching them, and no heart going into how they were made, Lyn says. Ockens are now hopeful that they can soon be in the studio full-time. We have two kids, 10 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 14 chickens. It keeps us busy but we enjoy getting to do what we love on a daily basis. indianaartisan.org

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                • The Run


                  from Marshall Barfield / Added

                  51 Plays / / 1 Comment

                  An incredibly short film that I made on a whim in about 20 minutes. Enjoy.

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                  • San Francisco Public Transit Data Visualization


                    from Jeevan Kalanithi / Added

                    2,829 Plays / / 1 Comment

                    Thanks to SPUR and NextBus, we were able to get a live feed of all the bus and train locations in San Francisco. We created an interactive (and time-lapse-able) visualization of these data. This is a sketch of a the 3D version

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                    • Spur Leadership Lunch with Clint Bruce


                      from Lake Hills Church / Added

                      Spur Leadership Lunch with Clint Bruce October 3rd 2014 One World Theatre Clint is a dynamic speaker who shared valuable leadership insights from his experience as a Division I collegiate athlete, Navy Seal, entrepreneur, non-profit founder, husband, and dad. Registration for the next Spur Leadership event is now open! Details and registration for the Spur Leadership Breakfast with David Cook can be found at www.spurleadership.com. Questions regarding the event may be sent to ajudd@spurleadership.com.

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