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March for Culture

march for culture posterCome and join the March for Culture / Save our Arts, to raise your voice against Cardiff Council’s proposal to cut £700,000 from the arts budget in Cardiff.

Meeting outside the National Museum of Wales, 2pm, Saturday 6th Feb 2016.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1540942539551943/

and here: https://www.facebook.com/cardiffwithoutculture/

Wild Hack Haverfordwest

Looking forward to chipping in with other artists, makers, foragers and diy technology types at bloc’s Wild Hack Haverfordwest tomorrow. “Wild Hack Haverfordwest is a gathering of makers, artists, diy and technology enthusiasts, computer programmers, wild folk, sea farers, ramblers, children, local residents and adventurous people. Everyone will work together to invent new tools for exploring the wild places in and around the town.”

Places still available on Facebook.

Llywn Celyn on C4

Pale Tussock moth caterpillar at Llwyn CelynGood to see Llwyn Celyn’s lesser horseshoe bat residents featuring on Channel 4’s ‘Restoring Britain’s Landmarks‘ tonight. Last time I was there, with Jamie Lake, filming in the Beast House with a thermal imaging camera, I spotted at least 8 lesser horseshoes, along with a sparrowhawk, buzzard, a treecreeper breaking hazelnuts open on a branch (I thought it was a woodpecker), the biggest hoverfly I’ve seen and a Pale Tussock moth caterpillar making its way slowly across the road.

The medieval bread oven hidden behind the 60’s concrete fireplace was pretty spectacular too.

Llwyn Celyn Residency

Llwyn CelynLlwyn Celyn is a Grade 1 listed, 15th century medieval ‘hall house’ which lies in the Black Mountains between Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye. Once part of the monastic Llanthony Estate, the house has since the 1960s been falling gradually into disrepair. The property has recently been taken over by the Landmark Trust, with the help of Cadw and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, with the intention of restoring the building and outbuildings, including the fabulously named ‘Beast House’.

Working in partnership with PEAK, Landmark have secured funding from Heritage Lottery to run several artists’ residencies during the restoration process. I’ve been lucky enough to be offered one of the residencies, and I’m looking forward to starting over the coming months and working alongside the other selected artists, Toril Brancher, Catherine Baker and Jamie Lake.

The house was only recently vacated by its most recent human inhabitants (there is a good article on the house’s recent history on the Telegraph site), but on visiting the site, I noticed that some of the ‘other occupants’ – bats, birds and mice as well as innumerable beetles, woodlice (and other invertebrates who are probably busily consuming the building), spiders, moths and butterflies – hadn’t yet moved out. My proposal is to work ‘with’ some of these other occupants and create a series of artworks, interventions and events which negotiate the spaces which humans and animals share.

Out of Doors

mothmusic Out of Doors After having spent the past week experimenting with ‘Sugaring’ recipes to attract moths (more info at National Moth Week), I’m very nearly set to install the piece commissioned by Made in Roath for their Out of Doors programme this weekend (29th – 31st August 2015) in Roath Park in Cardiff. I’ll be installing a version of Mothmusic in the trees near the Rec (next to Roath Park Library). Come along at around 8pm on the Saturday to see it (it only works during the hours of darkness).

Gail, Helen and Becca from Made in Roath have been hard at work putting together a great programme of installations, performances, croquet games, walks, tours and an outdoor cinema screening. All events are free of charge.

For more information visit the website: http://madeinroath.com/

ISEA 2015, Vancouver

Gulliver - video still generated from NASA lunar mapping dataThe annual ISEA event (International Symposium on Electronic Arts) is taking place in Vancouver this August, and I’ve been lucky enough to be selected to present new work at one of the Demonstration sessions. I’m going to be showing work in progress of a film which I’ve been making as part of my Creative Wales project, Gulliver. I’ve been working closely with ‘creative practitioner’ Harrison Banfield (JaguarMin), who’s been composing the soundtrack.

If you’re heading out to ISEA please do drop me a line, or come along to the session (Disruption: Generative Art – Tues Aug 18th at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University).

 

 

#Five2Watch in Wales

Very pleased to have been selected by Axis for #Five2Watch Wales: http://www.axisweb.org/features/spotlight/five2watch-wales/, alongside Kate Haywood, Jeanette Orrell,
Helen Booth and Rebecca Gould.

Good to see Axis shining the spotlight on artists in Wales too with their Notes from Wales publication.

Pickle Line at Fourth Wall 2014

Demolition of the Pickle Line, Ebbw Vale, March 2004. Image courtesy of Ebbw Vale Demolition TeamI’m going to be installing Pickle Line for this autumn’s excellent Fourth Wall Film Festival, and part of the equally spectacular Cardiff Contemporary. The installation will be running from 23-25th October at the main festival venue on Wood Street. (Panopticon, 6 – 7 St. Davids House, Wood Street, Cardiff CF10 1ER ).

The project was commissioned for the 2012 festival but never came to fruition due to technical issues, which we’ve hopefully ironed out this time around!

Lots more information and the full festival programme on the festival’s website: http://www.4wfilm.org/

Dorkbot Cardiff

Dorkbot Cardiff
Thanks to Paul Granjon and Pete Hathaway for inviting me to come and talk at Dorkbot Cardiff next week. Other speakers include Dr Nick Lambert, Chairman of the Computer Arts Society & Olivia Kotsifa, who is involved in the Cardiff Fab Lab project (an MIT project). I went to the Nairobi Fab Lab (with Paul Granjon) back in 2010 which was amazing, so it’ll be great to see those facilities in Wales too.

I’m going to be talking about some Arduino projects, plywood, pointlessness, momento mori and microrenewables. It’s on next Thursday 6th Dec at Milgi’s on City Road. More on the Dorkbot Cardiff website.

Did you film the Pickler Demolition?

If you filmed the demolition of ‘The Pickler’ (part of the Ebbw Vale Steelworks) – on 31st March 2004, I’d really like to hear from you.

The event was filmed by lots of people on both sides of the valley, some of whom are in the clip. I’m trying to trace as many of these films as possible, the plan being to show them simultaneously as part of Ghost Parade on 1st July 2012. If you filmed the demolition or know anyone who did and would be happy for their film to be used in the project, please send me an email on ghost@stefhancaddick.co.uk or leave a message on the Ghost Parade Facebook Page.

I will of course credit anyone whose film I use.