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December 20, 2013 by James Watts   Comments (0)

Earlier this week, Tim Croft and I made a lot of noise in Baltic 39. On the 6th of February we'll be showing the results...

 

"James Watts and Tim Croft, in a literal response to the exhibition theme, will explore privately within the RIFF exhibition space the synchronisation of riff into an unsynchronised rift. The documentation of this performance will be unharmoniously imposed on to the RIFT exhibition."

https://www.balticmill.com/whats-on/baltic-39/exhibitions/detail/bxnu-respond-james-watts-and-tim-croft

The First Monthly Meeting

December 18, 2013 by Chante Timothy   Comments (0)

Last week, Tuesday 10th December, was the first meeting with the AA2a artists in our University. 

Unfortunately Chris (The other student rep) and I were only able to meet two for the Artists, Kim and Kadi. 

Kim described to us that she works in ceramics and her project. She has been in out studios from October using the clay and Kiln to create her clay rain drops and leaves to depict her combined memories of Coventry and South Korea, representing her past and present life with things that seem the same in both places.

Kadi described to us how she sees beauty in still moments. Here art comes in the form of video, she plans to film two older gentleman war prisoners in their 90's. It's not meant to be a documentary but a reflective diary seeing the beauty in the silences. She has found out Media loan shop to be quite handy but a little bit of a pinch to return as she can only have a camera for 24hrs but stated " a lot can be done in 24hrs" 

In the meeting we spoke about a possible open talk for all students to attend in January and as a Rep it is my job to help raise awareness. 

It was also discussed to try and get other students to help with the artists self-promotions with students possibly volunteering to generate web designs posters etc... to help with the branding of each artist.

All I think see the journeys taken by each artist to complete their projects will be a unique experience and I look forward to working with the artist and Chris (the other Student Rep).

3D printing as a hands-on activity

December 18, 2013 by Gabrielle Hoad   Comments (0)

For an artist who likes to get her hands dirty, 3D printing can feel very hands-off.  Typically, having spent a lot of time talking to people and passing on computer files, the first time I touch my object is when it's finished.  So I was delighted to discover a ceramic 3D printer at Plymouth University that you can operate yourself.

Using the principle of a coil pot, it prints from a digital model using a paste of extruded porcelain driven by compressed air. You mix the clay and fill the cartridges yourself, and spoon powdered clay around the form to support it as it's built. You can even dive in mid-print with a paint brush and interfere with the flow.

It's demonstrated here by ceramicist Jonathan Keep, who cleverly adapted a home-build extrusion printer for this purpose. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxNzo3ckVOo

Circuits and noises

December 16, 2013 by James Watts   Comments (0)

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Further developments on the sound making electronics front. This is the sound of a very shrieky oscillator through an old fuzzy reverb unit...

 

https://soundcloud.com/within-the-dolmen/oscillator-reverb

AA2A newsletters for everyone

December 16, 2013 by AA2A Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists, students and other project fans!

Did you know AA2A produce three regular newsletters?

just out today we have the:

General newsletter   (going out to our mailing list with a roundup of project news)

There's also:

Students newsletter   (news on Student reps, voting and employability)

Artists newsletter   (sent out to our current artists in November)

Enjoy and don't forget to keep us updated on your news.

Seasons greetings,

Georgia, AA2A National Coordinator

First AA2A Meeting:

December 15, 2013 by Christopher Jennings   Comments (0)

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We had our first meeting of the year on tuesday of this week, to which both reps (including myself) attended, as well as Kadi and Kim (2 of the artists). Sadly, Sarah and Sophie couldn't make it, but it did not damper the mood in the meeting.

The discussion itself was interesting to say the least, as everyone had good ideas to contribute to the pool of projects/options we have to better engage with the scheme. While it's still early-makings and I have yet to meet/contact the other 2 artists involved, things are looking pretty good. At least everyone is nice and polite, each having unique ideas and projects developing, to which I am glad to take the opportunity to take part in this scheme. Knowing my track record with swamping myself with coursework and other projects, I tend to get lost a bit, but I've bucked up my act to make a better impression with my peers. A weekly blog post is something manageable and now that University has broken up for a few weeks, I have some time to work on personal projects and more than enough time to blog once a week.

I'm hoping that throughout this year (and next), that I can connect with plenty of illustrators and artists that will no doubtedly inspire concepts for my own work. I consider that my artwork is not so exciting as others, but that is why I'm here: to learn and benefit in the creative whirlpool. I'd also like to think that being a representative will improve my social skills and help me organise my time better so I can keep on top of University coursework, AA2A Student Rep duties and all other extra curricular activities. I see my first year at Coventry University to be quite fruitful, given that all these opportunities have presented themselves to me and I shan't squander those chances.

I'm very much looking forward to working with Chante (my fellow student rep), Kim, Kadi, Sarah and Sophie, in what should be an exciting year.

Artist talk, University of Bedfordshire, Alexon Building, Luton, Beds

December 13, 2013 by Anna Fairchild   Comments (0)

A really refreshing atmosphere to present my work to Third year and MA students. It was very inspiring for me to also attend the opening of the new Alexon building at The University on Monday.

I look forward to making some site specific work somewhere in this new and energising space.

Be brave ...

December 12, 2013 by Amy Mountney   Comments (0)

The technician, Andy, mentioned printing, to which I replied "I don't like printing', I am a painter:  This led me to think I should print ...  He created a screen from my photo, I had a demo and I went for my first print - spontaneous results meant I could experiment without concern for a polished finish at that moment.  I felt liberated but it was such a quick process that I didn't feel the same connection to the finished piece as I do when I paint - this is what I have a passion for; the connection, the commuication stream, the expression, the release.  This process does not satisfy me in the same way but I like the result ... TBC

And here goes ...

December 11, 2013 by Amy Mountney   Comments (0)

I have just dropped off three huge canvases to Chelmsford College, enjoyed chai tea in the techy room, and made myself at home!  I am now looking at large-scale, live painting and screen printing.  So, onwards another chai tea will kick start my inspirations ...

wax works!

December 11, 2013 by Sophie Cullinan   Comments (0)

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I am delighted to report that despite my initial frustrations with casting processes I have had some success and made a series of destructive bottles for my collaborative performance with Sally Lemsford (former Chesterfield AA2A artist) as SSoCiaL, at this year's ADUK conference: Locally Sourced - Reciptes for Change in the Arts; located in Birmingham at the end of November.

We created SAUCED which was a riotous cook up of 20 individually created flavoursome and fruity sauces by the chefs.  Including a fast paced trolley dash, my carefully crafted bottles were smash and grabbed and turned into tasty ingredients for the recipes dreamt up by delegates.