Category Archives: Live art

Transfer -a music and drawing piece

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Performed at Creekside Artists, Deptford. 26.09.08.
Vicky Steiri -Cello
Frederick Fuller -Electric bass, pedals

I had an idea to do a live improvised drawing performance as part of Creekside Artists open studio event. I’d often drawn by observing a person moving through space, but I thought it would be interesting to see how music would affect the drawing process and also how a musician could be influenced by the drawing process.

Initially I wanted an acoustic musican and influenced by Naim June Paik’s collaboration with Charlotte Moorman in ‘TV Cello’ I advertised if anyone would be interested. Vicky Steiri got in touch and we talked about the idea and she liked it. She is classically trained and also very skilled so I was confident she would be able to adapt to the situation. Frederick Fuller also expressed interest since he was at the time making experimental music, so I thought the two should meet. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but the music that was created during the performance was magnificent. In fact I felt rather upstaged! Initially we were supposed to play for about three hours, but we ended short of that when we felt we were running out of steam (I think I ran out of steam before those two!).

For fun I also made a score for this.

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‘Plastic Paradise’

A live drawing and installation at Experimentica festival.

Artwork was hung on the walls. Projections taken of people moving through the urban environment were projected onto the walls and drawings were made. A table in the centre of the space became a stage for the interplay of objects and materials. Painted string was tied around the space linking the various objects and artworks. The eventual installation was lit only by three discarded television monitors.

‘Untitled’ – Live durational drawing and installation

This was a durational live drawing created for the Umbrella Arts show ‘Catalyst’ at Tactile Bosch Studios in Cardiff, Wales.

The piece lasted for about a week. The piece followed a daily structure of filming people in an urban environment, collecting news clippings from the day and detritus then bring them to the gallery in the evening. News clippings of the day were posted to the walls and floor of the space,. Video made during that day was projected onto the walls and drawings were made following the movements of the people and vehicles. Small micro-performances were also created in the space using found objects and paint. The result was left as an installation.

Robot drawing series

Robot drawing series

This is a body of fine art drawing work exploring the use of an infra-red robot in my drawing practice. The idea was to investigate the possibilities of randomness and performative interaction with the robot and explore notions about territory and networks.

'Grid #1'

In the first piece ‘Grid #1’ I drew a simple nine square grid with clearly defined lines the robot could follow. I attached a graphite pencil to the front of the robot. I then let the robot run it’s course around the grid making marks as it went. The whole process was captured on analogue video.

'Grid #2 (Network)'

The next piece ‘Grid #2 (Network)’ was staged as a performance in a gallery/studio. The drawing followed a similar process to the first, however the starting point of the nine square grid this time was ‘exploded’. Whilst the robot was running it’s course on the drawing and making marks I was selecting points between these squares or territories and drawing networking paths.

'Grid #3 (Network)'

The third piece ‘Grid #3 (Network)’ followed a similar process to the previous piece, but this time the squares exploded farther apart creating more possibilities for drawing networking paths. The process was captured on analogue video and presented as an extension of the piece rather than just purely documentation.

'Populous #1'

This piece was entitled ‘Populous #1’. It was presented at an art event as a live drawing installation. The audience was invited to first lie on the paper in any position they choose and I would draw around their figure. Once enough drawings had been made the infra-red robot was placed on the paper and left to follow the lines until the battery had drained.

'Populous #2'

In this piece ‘Populous #2’ elements from the first ‘Populous’ drawing and the previous ‘Grid’ series drawings were combined and presented as a live drawing installation.