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Keepers

What do we keep and what do we cast out?

Susi Arnott and I have been working with a portable daylight studio on the Thames foreshore, to produce an almost indiscriminate catalogue of objects, many collected during Thames 21’s clean-up and research events.

Objects of disgust will be returned to the river or bagged-up for recycling into something acceptable. Historical or ‘artistic’ items may be collected and raised to a higher plane. Other items may be taken as evidence, or present a baffling amalgam of the living and dead, human and natural, toxic and benign.

The studio is designed to photograph the objects on the foreshore while they’re still trailing water and slime. They hover, privileged, above the tidal ground on which they have been found, poised between the museum and the mud.

Immersion in the tidal water causes objects to come adrift from their origins. Things we wish to go away, from religious offerings to wet-wipes, return with a sea change. Our habitual associations and connotations are often switched about. The ugly becomes beautiful, the deeply personal becomes public.

Where do you do you draw the line?

Keepers and Duck will be shown at The Bargehouse Gallery,
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St., London SE1 9PH
Oct 31st to Nov. 10th 2019. Open 11am to 6pm.
Part of The London Ultra

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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.

Keepers and Duck will be shown at The Bargehouse Gallery,
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St., London SE1 9PH
Oct 31st to Nov. 10th 2019. Open 11am to 6pm.
Part of The London Ultra

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 up and running at UCL Science Library

UCL Science Library, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT 020 7679 7795
Admission free
Monday to Friday 09:30 – 19.00, Saturdays 11:00 – 17:45
July 27th. – September 22nd. 2017

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UCL Science Library, in the heart of Bloomsbury: a longer run for the exhibition Bobby & Stillman, by Susi Arnott and Crispin Hughes, working with Professors of Mathematics Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe (UCL Big Data Institute). Five sound films from a collaboration touching on frequencies, sampling and even the uncertainty principle. Read more:
Maths notes Prof.Olhede       FOLDING LEAFLET Bobby&Stillman in the Science Library

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Bobby&Stillman in the Science Library

art, maths, movies and point-of-view

Bobby and Stillman, our collaboration with mathematicians from UCL’s Big Data Institute is getting a long run at the UCL Science Library.

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UCL Science Library, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT 020 7679 7795
Admission free
Monday to Friday 09:30 – 20:45, Saturdays 11:00 – 17:45
July 27th. – September 22nd. 2017

Susi and/or Crispin will be in the gallery on July 28th August 1st&2nd, 9th&10th, 19th, 23rd, 30th September 4th, 22nd.

Digital recordings are data, as well as pictures & sounds…
UCL Science Library is screening immersive art; the tides in central London as subject matter for a series of films playing with time, space, sampling and perception. A collaboration between a film-maker, a photographer, and mathematicians from UCL’s Big Data Institute, using Eulerian & Lagrangian approaches to fluid dynamics – and touching on the uncertainty principle.

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Bobby and Stillman completes its run at Bar Juju

‘Bobby and Stillman’, our collaboration with Professors Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe of UCL’s Big Data Institute, completed its run as part of the Creative Reactions show 15 – 18th May 2017.

Stimulating social context for inter-disciplinary discussions!
See explainerising PDF handout here   Bobby + Stillman in more detail

Bobby and Stillman. Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Bobby and Stillman. Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Bobby and Stillman. Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Bobby and Stillman. Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Bobby and Stillman. Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science