An Unreliable Narrator

April 9, 2018 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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I have developed a new work from material produced for my recent talk to students and staff at ARU. Entitled "An Unreliable Narrator", it consists of a boxed set of index cards, each containing the description of an incident or event that has had an impact on my attitude and approach to my practice with references to ideas, artists and thinkers who have been influential.

Since the talk at ARU, I have added more stories, and plan to continue to add more as they are written. This work will be "published" as a limited edition, starting with version 1, commenced March 2018.

I am also considering including some texts which will be written in code...

Testing out the completed installation: "Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)"

March 23, 2018 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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Today I have finally completed my flying lamp project. This morning I set it up in the Project Space at my studio in Cuckoo Farm. Happy with the way it has turned out. The final element to try out was the the drone sequence projection, and after several different ideas, decided the best option was to project the images in front of the sculpture. This created a shadow of the lamp and, best of all, the spinning rotors break the projection beam into the component colours of the video image! These colours also show up on the projection itself, which is a real bonus...I have posted some images on my web site (www.meigh-andrews.com) as well as on the AA2A site.

Preparing for my talk/presentation next week at ARU

February 28, 2018 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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The heavy snowfall made travelling to Cambridge (or anywhere else!) too challenging today, so I am working from home on my talk, scheduled for next week. I am planing something which is part preformance, part presentation, so the whole project requires more time and thought, as I'm not using any of my "off the shelf" powerpoint presentations...

Have also put some more thought into the question of how to integrate the drone video sequence, and have found a couple of possible solutions which will need testing out and experimentation. However, this will have to wait until I have completed the preparations for my talk.

Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)

February 13, 2018 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

Finally made some headway on my flying lampadario project- motors now mounted and working, broken glass component replaced and have also incorporated some lighting. I'm now beginning to think about how to incorpartate the drone video sequence, a task that may prove a considerable challenge!

Slow progress on the "flying lampadario"

January 14, 2018 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

Finally heard from the company in Italy who can replace the broken component of my Murano glass lamp. I have ordered the new part, sent off the old one (so they can match it), and now await further developments.

Meanwhile, my quest to get the brushless motors to work via the arduino carries on, and I have orderd yet more components that seem to be required to make it all function. I'm encouraged with this "progress", and am determined to solve the various challenges this work has presented me with!

problems, set-backs & challenges....

December 20, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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Well, things haven't gone as I had hoped with the drone project. Staff in the computing dept were unable to help with this, and somehow in the process of research, one of the components has been broken. I will have to locate a replacement part before being able to continue. And of course I still have to find a way to get these brushless drone motors to work...

Potential progress with the question of powering the drone motors

December 2, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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I had a useful meeting on Nov 29th with Dr Shabnam Sadeghi-Esfahlani and two of her post-grad students in the Computing and Technology Department who have undertaken to help me to get the drone motors working for the flying lampadario project , and I'm hopeful they will be successful!


"Flying Lampadario (Take These Broken Wings & Learn to Fly)"

November 24, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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Back in the UK now and beginning to work in earnest on the first of the sky pieces. Plenty of issues: At the moment the technical challenge is to try to find a way to get three drone motors to work, controlled by an arduino. I also have some "flying" video footage I'd like to use as part of this work, but still have no real idea how to integrate it with the sculptural element. I like these problems, or at least I like trying to deal with the challenges they pose.

First steps: "The Sky is For All"

October 22, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

i've begun to think about the development of a "suite" of new video installations that will be linked to an over-arching theme linked to a quotation from John Ruskin:

The sky is for all; bright as it is, it is not “too bright, nor good, for human nature’s daily food,” it is fitted in all its functions for the perpetual comfort and exalting of the heart, for the soothing it and purifying it from its dross and dust. Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two moments together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost divine in its infinity, it is surely meant for the chief teacher of what is immortal in us, as it is the chief minister of chastisement or of blessing to what is mortal. And yet we never attend to it, we never make it a subject of thought…

John Ruskin, ‘Of the Open Sky’ Modern Painters I, Part II, Section III

In using the term "suite" (since i can't find a better word at this stage) i mean that i wish to create a set of linked installations- each one could stand alone, but they are concieved to work together, in some way to be understood as interrelated in somewhat the same way as in a musical composition- to be "played" in succesion. Each will feature an image (or images) of the sky as their central visual subject.