Duck

Duck is a single screen 8.5 min, 16:9 ratio, film with stereo sound for gallery or cinema screening.

The film emerges from our collaboration with Prof. Sofia Olhede at the UCL Big Data Institute.

Duck premiered at the London Experimental Film Festival in Jan. 2019. Please contact us at crispinhughes@gmail.com if you wish to screen Duck.

Part of Totally Thames 2019 that runs from 1-30 September
www.totallythames.org

Synopsis

Beneath Dark House Walk in central London, a plastic duck is locked in a time-lapse selfie. On the rising tide, they’re lifted by the Thames and generate visual and audio readouts as they experience the river. 
Is that a fixed grin, or a Kuleshov experiment?

Meanwhile, a fixed observer watches them from above. And listens. And makes its own recordings. Frames of reference, timescales and data visualisation are juxtaposed in this composite film that plays with place, perception and point of view.

Originating from our work on tides with data scientist Prof. Sophia Olhede, this film combines the human compulsion to anthropomorphise with a random aesthetic and the plot of a picaresque novel.
‘She dreamed she was delivered of a tennis-ball, which the devil (who, to her great surprise, acted the part of a midwife) struck so forcibly with a racket that it disappeared in an instant; and she was for some time inconsolable for the lost of her offspring; when, all on a sudden, she beheld it return with equal violence, and enter the earth, beneath her feet’.
From p.1 of ‘Roderick Random’ by Tobias Smollett, pub.1748.

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Bobby and Stillman Show

Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse. Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes

‘Bobby and Stillman’ will be opening as part of Creative Reactions at:

Juju’s Bar and Stage, Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury St. (off Brick Lane),
London E1 6QR.

The free show at Juju’s bar will be open from midday till 6pm Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th May. Do call by and see us.

From 7-10pm 15-18th May there will be special events with the scientists and artists behind the work in the show. You can book for these here.
https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/lifelive

Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse. Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes

Bobby and Stillman

A new tidal collaboration with Dr Susi Arnott. This time we’re working with Prof. Sofia Olhede as part of UCL’s Creative Reactions science-art project.

Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapseTwo time-lapse cameras (Bobby and Stillman), each accompanied by a stereo sound recorder, eye each-other as the tide rises around them close to London Bridge. Together they create a dialogue between a fixed vantage point and an erratic floating viewpoint.

Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse. Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse. Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes

Each camera shot 18,843 images during a 12-hour tidal cycle. One photo was taken every two seconds. The two attached sound recorders produced a total of almost 20 hours of continuous audio. All this constituted our ‘data’.

Many art-science projects assume that the artists will produce a subjective ‘creative’ response to the scientists’ objective research. There is an assumption here that scientific work is not creative, or interpretative. We hope to upend this, or at least level the creative playing field. Both scientific statistician Prof. Olhede and ourselves will find ways to respond to our data and present it in different ways.

Currently we have edited two synchronised 37 minute time-lapse films: one looking at the water, the other immersed in the water, each camera looking at the other. But how do we reconcile the sampling of the visual scene every two seconds by the cameras, with the continuous audio? Future posts will explore this issue.

Prof. Olhede is a statistical scientist; amongst other sources, she’s worked with oceanographers on data from ocean research buoys. She and her colleagues are working on a creative response, as scientists; and this is to our raw data, rather than to our completed time-lapse films.

The two sets of interpretations will be projected alongside each other at the Creative Reactions show – Bar Juju in Brick Lane 15-18th May.

Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse. Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes Bobby & Stillman, Thames Tides time-lapse. Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes

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