Category Archives: Exhibitions

Twitter Data Drawings – VIDEO

I’ve put together a quick time-lapse video to show some of the process behind producing the twitter data drawings I exhibited during my final MA show.

I shows the machine in action so should hopefully help people understand how the marks were made when looking at the final products.

The video features 3 pieces from the exhibition. The first is a drawing of all the ‘love’ shared in Wales on the 9/9/15. The second comprises of 4 larger drawings showing all of the ‘love’ and ‘hate’ shared in New York City on 4 consecutive days leading up to and following the anniversary of 9/11. The final piece shows the ‘love’ and ‘hate’ shared in 4 different cities around the world on the 9/9/15. The cities (clockwise from top left) are: Singapore, London, San Francisco and Paris.

For more information on the process behind this series you can read my other blog posts on the project:

Draw bots and Data Visualisation (part 1 of 3)

or see more images in my portfolio.

 

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Postgraduate Exhibition – Photos

A lot of my posts recently have been pretty process/theory heavy, so I thought I’d keep this one simple. Here are some photos of my final work in the Postgraduate Exhibition.

For more photos and videos of finished and in-progress work take a look at my Instagram: benpartridgebtp

I am currently putting together a time-lapse of the drawing machine in action in the exhibition that I will upload later this week.

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Polarograph drawing machine – Wales 9/9/15

This drawing machine is drawing all the love shared on Twitter in Wales on 6/9/15. The drawing will depict 24 hours with each ‘pixel’ documenting one minute, the darker the ‘pixel’ the more love was share in that minute. The ‘pixels’ are drawn chronologically from the top left hand corner of the drawing to the bottom right.

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New York –  9/9/15, 10/9/15, 11/9/15, 12/9/15
These drawings show the love and hate shared on Twitter in New York on four consecutive days. Clockwise from top 9/9/15, 10/9/15, 11/9/15 and 12/9/15 . Each drawing depicts 24 hours with each ‘pixel’ documenting one minute. The darker the ‘pixel’ the more love or hate was shared in that minute. Love is drawn in red and hate in blue. The ‘pixels’ are drawn chronologically from the centre of the grid to the outmost edge of each drawing.

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Paris, London, San Francisco, Singapore – 6/9/15
This drawing shows the love and hate shared on Twitter in four cities around the world on 6/9/15. Clockwise from top these cities are Paris, London, San Francisco and Singapore. Each drawing depicts 24 hours with each ‘pixel’ documenting one minute. The larger the pixel the more love or hate was shared in that minute. Love is drawn in red and hate in blue. These pixels are drawn chronologically from the centre of the grid to the outmost edge of each drawing.

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San Francisco, New York, Sao Paolo, Cardiff, London, Paris Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo – 9/9/15

This drawing shows the love and hate shared on Twitter over one hour in nine cities around the world on 9/9/15. The drawings are arranged according to their time zone with +0000 GMT in the centre. Each drawing depicts one hour with each ‘pixel’ documenting one minute. The larger the pixel the more love or hate was shared in that minute. Love is drawn in red and hate in blue.

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For more information about this project see my blog posts:
Draw bots and Data visualisation – Part 1

Drawbots and Data Visualisation – Part 2

Drawbots and Data Visualisation – Part 3

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Gas – interactive Screen Print

The seed of this piece work was planted at the international printmaking conference Impact in Dundee 2013. After presenting a paper on my work I attended a demonstration on ‘conductive ink’. I had no idea what conductive ink was but was curious to learn more. The demonstration was my first introduction to Bare Conductive a water soluble ink that conducts electricity. In the demo we drew circuits to light a LED:

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Here he is, by connecting a battery between his glasses and smile you complete the circuit and the LED on his nose lights up. It was fun, but what really got me interested was the potential to use the ink as a sensor, by running it through an Arduino.

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now a capacitive sensor the drawing can sense how close or far you are from it and brighten and dim the LED accordingly.

I knew I wanted to produce some work based around this, but the ideas stayed on the shelf until I was asked to take part in a group exhibition. The venue was Aberystwyth’s Oriel Nwy, an old Harley Davidson show room it is a large open space with great big windows and great views from the street. I decided this would make it a good venue to show an interactive print installation based around what I had been doing with Bare Conductive ink.

I wanted to turn the idea of a gallery as a sterile environment in which one may look but at all costs not touch on its head by creating a multi-sensory piece that actively encourages physical interaction.

Gas was the result, a collaboration between myself and another artist showing in the exhibition Kim James-Williams, I felt her beautifully balanced pen and ink drawings would echo the aesthetic of the wires and circuits behind the scenes. The image we chose was a drawing of the gallery itself, I love it, the composition makes the gallery seem impossible light almost like it is about to float off, fitting for something called the ‘Gas’ Gallery.

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I screen printed the image in Bare Conductive ink and attached it to an Arduino, the Arduino would then take the capacitive reading from the ink and create a varying audio output, the idea was for it to sound like a theremin (not sure what one is? Listen to the Star Trek theme tune or The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’, or for a more contemporary example:

I was really happy with the end result, it was great to see people interacting with it at the opening, nervous at first, they became increasingly bold and confident and ended up ‘playing’ some really nice stuff.

Here are some photos of the opening and a video of the finished work in action:

My film piece ‘Flicker’ was also included in the show. I was really thrilled to be asked to take part in Transitions at Oriel Nwy with such a talented group of artists, you can see there work in the Catalogue. We were really grateful that John Harvey agreed to open the exhibition, he gave a really encouraging and inspiring speech at the opening, which you can read on his blog.

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Mythscapes in the Watery Realm – Wales-Australia print exchange

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Earlier this year I had some work featured in an international collaborative exhibition between Aberystwyth Printmakers and Brisbane Printmakers in Australia. Organised by Judy Macklin the exhibition, ‘Mythscapes in the Watery Realm’, aimed to ‘explore the significance of river histories, particularly the legacy of catastrophic flood events, for communities. This highlights the often fickle relationship they have with the watery realm that can either sustain or destroy lifeways’ (QCA). It was shown at Aberystywyth University School of Art and the Project Gallery at Brisbane College of Art.

At the time I was asked to make the work I was mainly working digitally with archival film, so it was a good opportunity to reconnect with the physicality of printmaking as well as working within a conceptual framework. It was not long after Aberystwyth seafront had been damaged by severe storms and and flooding. I became interested in peoples’ reaction to the event and in particular, their desire to document it.

The storms and their aftermath seemed to take on a double life, there was your own physical experience of them, the weather and the damage but then there was their growing digital footprint. On social media people were sharing their photos and videos, organisations were sharing information and graphs of the areas where the worst flooding was expected. Your email inbox was full of updates from the university about which student residencies were being evacuated they were even producing and sharing YouTube videos on the measures they were taking to keep their students safe. As images and videos were shared and picked up by news sites it became a feedback loop where you were exposed to the same images again and again.

One story that did catch my attention was a piece showing archival footage of similar storms in the 1930’s, the funny thing was Aberystwyth didn’t look that different. This got me thinking about how the differences and similarities between the experiences of those witnessing the storms back then and ours today. I decided to explore this by combine archival photographs of the storms in the 1930’s with contemporary responses to the 2014 storms sourced from social media.

Below are the 3 prints I showed in the exhibition with my artist statement:

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My practice explores our complex and often contradictory relationship with technology. I find printmaking, particularly its alliance with both obsolescent and emerging technologies, the perfect vehicle to explore the role of technology in both Utopian and Dystopian views of past, present and future. I am especially interested in examining the role of cultural concepts such as obsolescence and the rhetoric of progress play in our increasingly fragile relationship with the environment.

Following the large scale flooding to the seafront in Aberystwyth and accompanying media coverage caused by storms in early 2014, this body of work explores how our perception of an event is inevitably warped by the lens through which we experience it.

Increasingly the plight of communities affected by flooding and environmental change is experienced in a digital space. The physical event often echoed by a second, digital, flood of information, as articles, images, opinions and hyperbole are distributed, shared and retweeted globally. Do these insights, popping up on newsfeeds between adverts and cat photos, make us more environmentally conscientious global citizens, or, do they desensitise us, forming just another part of the accumulated visual detritus of the internet

Combining nineteenth and twentieth century archival images of Aberystwyth with contemporary responses to the storms sourced from social media this work aims to highlight to tenuous link between image and meaning and how this can be warped through appropriation and decontextualisation.

I was really thrilled to be featured alongside so many talented printmakers in a international exhibition and it is well worth looking at the other artists’ work in the Catalogue.

More images of the show can be found on Aberystwyth Printmakers’ Website .

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Flicker

I recently found a number of stills from a film I made a few years ago and it got me looking at some of my old work. Flicker is an analogue film montage I showed in a couple of exhibitions in 2013, below is an expert and some images from the film:

Flicker – 2013 (excerpt)

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Print Books

Here are three printed books that I have submitted to Print International 2013. The material was drawn from a range of sources, found photographs, old films and a bit of Super 8 footage thrown in for good measure.

Ceasar's awakening

‘Ceasar’s awakening’ is a 2 sided 4 colour screenprint concertina book. One one side it shows the iconic moment from the film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) in which Caesar, a somnambulist, is awakened to the amazement of the crowd. This is offset by footage of WWI soldiers going ‘over the top’ on the reverse. While both are considered iconic imagery I believe they share more than this; an almost symbiotic relationship intertwined by the various histories of photography and film.

Incoming

‘Incoming’ is a screenprint flickbook, recreating footage of a WWI pilot running from a diving aeroplane.

Bildungsroman

Bildungsroman‘ is a concertina book with monoprint and photocopy transfer. The photograph of the cheeky chapy on the cover came from a glass plate negative I bought in a Berlin market. The drawing inside grows on each page like the frames of an animation. Bildungsroman is a German term for a coming of age novel in which the protagonist undergoes the psychological growth associated with the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

Our obsession with creating the illusion of movement far pre-dates film itself, film merely facilitated it in the way that zoetropes, flickbooks and shadow puppets have done and digital methods like cinemagraphs do now. Presenting imagery derived from film in a book is a way of placing it back into a sequential viewing mode, maintain this illusion, however, with the power to govern the pace of the imagery and even stop the flow now in the viewers hands.

The way in which we can disseminate imagery digitally is uber convenient but it risks divorcing us from some qualities of work, it’s that tactile and intimate quality that books have in shed-loads. After seeing some great examples (by the likes of We Make Books and others) when we (me, Elysia, Corinthia and Chole) were skiving off from our stall at the alternative press fair over the summer I was keen to make my own. It was a workshop with printmaker Wuon Gean Ho that gave me the confidence to try.

Bookmaking workshop with Wuon Gean Ho at Aberystwyth Universty School of Art

Bookmaking workshop with Wuon Gean Ho at Aberystwyth Universty School of Art

Currently exhibiting with us at the School of Art, Aberystwyth her exhibition Beyond the Moon is a enticing and eclectic mix of prints, animations and artist books, not to mention a spectacular sound installation by Andrew Mcpherson that I hope to cover in more depth in a later post. If you can’t get to Aberystwyth before it comes down on Friday you can see some photos and a video of the exhibition on her blog, as well as some pictures of us hanging it, seriously, you need to see the size of some of these prints! Incidentally, one of my first posts on here was in response to Wuon Gean’s work, little did I know in a years time I’d be helping her hang a pretty amazing exhibition!

Hanging Beyond the Moon

Hanging Beyond the Moon

 

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Aberystywth Paper Press Print – Collaborative Portfolio

Earlier in the year I was really chuffed to be asked to contribute to a collaborative portfolio project organized by our head of printmaking Paul Croft. Over a year in the making, this mammoth undertaking has seen Paul coordinate 30 printmakers, ranging from staff, students and professional visiting artists all with a connection to Aberystwyth University School of Art. Each contributor submits an edition of 35 prints; 30 of the resulting portfolios go back to the artists and the remaining  5 to to various collections around the country.

The portfolio really demonstrates the variety and versatility of modern printmaking; techniques range from traditional intaglio, relief and lithography to digital and photographic process. Some of the most exciting printmakers working in Britain have contributed work including Wuon-Gean Ho, Marcelle Hanselaar, Anne Desmet and Edwina Ellis the entire portfolio will be exhibited in March as part of Impress 2013 a biennial printmaking festival held in Stroud and while I’m thrilled to be involved having my work exhibited alongside theirs is a nervous prospect!

Here is a small selection of some of the prints from the portfolio, more information and images of all the prints in the portfolio can be found on Paul’s website.

All images copywrite of the Artists, thanks to Paul for his time and effort in bring such a huge project together.

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Straight 8 2012

What seems like a very long time ago now I spent some seriously long nights in the School of Art shooting a short Super 8 film for Straight 8 2012. Just found out it’s going to be featured in the soho short film festival at ICA.

It’s being shown at the 6.30 screening at the Straight 8 event on the 18th, details can be found here

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Straight 8 is a film competition that requires you to shoot a single reel of Super 8 film with no retakes or post production editing, you submit the film undeveloped (and unseen!) for judging. Its such a ridiculously restrictive way to try make a film it borders on genius; the resulting films have a rough around the edges feel that emphasizes the raw creativity behind them.

My film ‘Where’s Ruth?’ incorporates stop motion and live action and is shot in Aberystwyth School of Art. I work there during the day so as a result I do most of my own work at night. I think the long winter nights spent in such a amazing looking (and kinda creepy!) building took there toll and the film explores what happens when it closes for the night.

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As I haven’t even seen the film yet I can’t post a link but here’s some very early test footage of me getting to grips with stop motion.

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Massive thanks to Ruth Hayward for staying til stupid o’clock every night after a full days MA rehearsals, Rowena Jordan for easel moving, pictures taking and general moral support and finally Ian Nicolson for being willing to take his clothes off for free with a hours notice, that’s right nudity, now you want to see it!

(images C of Rowena Jordan, p.s. amazing Illustrator, check her out!)

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Aberystwyth Printmakers Summer show – Sneaky Peek

Some photo’s from the hanging of our summer show at Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws.

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Submissions were high, between us we managed to hang 105 prints by over 20 artists in 2 days!

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Some of Stuart Evan’s colourful relief prints in prime position.

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Gini Wade next to some of lithographs by Paul Croft.

The private view is this Sunday (27th) 3-5pm, it’s a stunning gallery with amazing grounds just 2 minutes form Caersws station, in other words a pretty sweet way to spend a sunday afternoon!

The Exhibition runs til July 1st, Midwales Arts Centre is open 11-4 thrusday-  sunday.

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Sneaky peek – 3rd year and Postgraduate exhibtion

SOA Aberystwyth Grad show 2012 poster

Here are a few photos I managed to take while hanging our degree show and Postgraduate exhibition (a great idea I totally pinched with permission off printmaker Corinthia Ward). It’s just a sneaky peek at some of the work that will be on show.

The private view is this Saturday (19th) 3 -6 (see poster for deatails), it promises to be a really varied and exciting exhibition, boasting painting, photography, printmaking, illustration, installation and a giant floating paper castle…

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Mystery Sculpture!

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Admiring Amy’s triple triptychs

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Corrina Williams trying to look busy, next to a (upside down) painting by Polina Kalentsits.

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Photographer Laura Nichols, hopefully not stepping on anything too important.

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Jenny Wright’s, one of the big ones!

And finally what happens when you leave your camera unattended around 3rd years…

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