Today started slow but picked up with a good vibe around lunchtime partly inspired by some OHP chic. The triangle continues to be a symbol used by the students. The students’ work is starting to develop well – running on a scale between:
Also on menu today: Coventry God Cakes!
Colleagues in Regina were remembering but we were still joined by colleagues in Gyumri with whom Graham Chorlton shared his lecture on the dérive.
Lots of people coming in and out of the project space today, including artist Michael Mayhew, who visited to discuss the relationship between cities and art practices and projects with Level 1 students.
The Lanchester gallery is becoming busy with work and activity. Lots of interesting sculptural installative objects taking over the front of the gallery. Our three screens have temporarily been displayed on a wall neighbouring the communal resource area, with which we are showing images of the project collected from social media.
The Skype session today was really fun! Berny Hi led us in a series of interactive activities, taking photos and passing images from one city to the next to edit, like a visual game of ‘Broken Telephone’.
Students from each of the cities asked requests of each other again – lots of interesting images appearing on Facebook and Twitter, many of which are being shown on our three screens. We have requested that each city acquire a Triangle (musical instrument) for a translocal performance we wish to initiate during Skype sessions next week!
We had quite a few visitors to the space today, Jacqui Bleetman from the Disruptive Media Learning Lab came and hung out with us in the afternoon, and a group of visiting Foundation students from a Halesowen College took in all the goings on. We plied them with biscuits…
We screened the fabulous Labirint video sent to us from Gyumri and made a photo to show our immersion…
Tech problems caused some difficulties with the skype, but Christine Ramsay gave a full rich overview of her research related to the Canadian Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan.
So many things happen everyday that summarising is surprisingly difficult. There is an interesting ‘triangles’ theme developing as we find ways to negotiate the 3-way dialogues. Its really interesting to witness how everyone seems to be getting much more comfortable with each other, more willing to talk and do and chat and initiate. A sense of familiarity and connectivity seems to be building.
Other memorable moments in the day:
Our collective rousing rendition of the theme tune of Doctor Who recorded by “electronic music pioneer” (and Coventry born) Delia Derbyshire. You just had to be there…
Dr Imogen Racz presented a lecture on Art and the City where she touched on many salient points in regards to this project, such as the relationship of space to place. Looking around the Gallery and through all the social media dialogues and seeing our colleagues in the Skype session, it certainly looks to me as though our translocal space is growing into a place…
Underway! Today we launched the ‘Live Phase’ in Coventry, and started moving stuff into the Lanchester gallery. So far, we have an ad hoc ‘resource area’ with the materials gathered from the three locations in addition to books we check out of the Library today. Year 1 students brought lots of their research, drawings, and sculptural explorations into the space and we kicked off the today with a series of discussion groups talking through all the different project ideas.
Lots of technology to set up and all the usual fumbling’s and figuring’s. Sam Kelly has set up a workstation to develop the WIKI project – more on that in a later post. Our first skype session happened! On the whole, not so bad sound-wise and quite a few questions back and forth. The Gyumri group have set us the challenge of all singing Hymns to each other tomorrow – we will do the Coventry Carol (of course) so Jane Ball is going to down load some versions of it so we can remember how to sing it – and of course the words.