Not long until 19th to 21st September LLAWN – Llandudno Arts Weekend I will be over at Haus of Helfa with my projection in response to Llandudno’ lost buildings. My short film in response to Gareth Griffith work in situ with his installation and the spoken word of Rhys Trimble. Also due to the Response my video for the Llandudno IPP event My Tedder house Lost space will also be on show to the general public.
I was asked to respond to some of the history of Tedder House in Llandudno for Ideas People Places, working alongside Marc Rees, Lisa Carter and Helfa Gelf. Now standing empty stripped back to the bare bricks, all the that remains of the old R.A.F.A Club are stories and a few artefacts amongst the surviving members. After meeting with several people who were involved with the old club I was able to piece together a few memories and bring some of this once great town instution back to life. The work was projected onto a trophy cabinet from the old club on the opening night, and club members were invited to see it, there will be another opportunity to see the film in September during Helfa Gelf.
‘Llandudno welcomes you’ as the sign says reaching the brow to he hill at Penrynside. Always sticks in my mind. Such an iconic sign for the area, hence its recent renovation. However when all the glitz and pomp post extravaganza ad summer merriment. Clandudno becomes a cold lonely place until march. In simple terms we still go about our ways just with more parking spaces. The contestant for me is the sea. It’s always here, always different! The Horizon line never changes. Always when i look out to see it makes me think of Mark Rothko. it cuts you in half
My response to the empty space that was Dolgarrog Aluminium works and the pride of the people who worked there. The work was part of Haus of Helfa for Llawn01. Taken from an 8mm cine film projection found at a car boot sale and over 3 hrs of conversation with John ‘Brickie’ Roberts. Then projected on the old Canteen wall at Dolgarrog Aluminium works.
This is a poem about me. I went to my first Liverpool F.C game in 1987 and my first Widnes R.L.F.C game in 1983. So aged 3 and 7 them memories etch into your brain. A right of passage what ever you go onto. Know one can take your teams away from you. I was lucky enough to spend time in a recent exhibition in Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno. I the presence of a Box used by artist Gareth Griffiths to take his son’s to match at Anfield. The power of ‘The Box’ moved me…
Thanks for sharing it with us Gareth!
Not my White box.
Someone else’s vantage point,
chips hold stories,
celebration, sadness, glory.
On that afternoon,
like a full stop,
alone it stood,
together, raised scarfs taught.
Your words made me feel 9
The feeling surrounds me lots of looking up.
The raised rim on a plastic flask mug.
The floor touching my feet through worn souls.
The Safety and smells of cut grass before me.
Winter cold rattles my mittens.
Floodlight halo’s dot my eyes.
Barbwire fences brown glass spikes.
Thousands packed in tight.
Now I’m back and still no connection?
Just know I’ve been there.
A time so much simpler?
Black and white Red or blue…
As I have previously mentioned I went to the quarry in North Wales. this was one of the themes I was thinking about while I was up there. the building look over 100 years old. it’s at the end of a track at the back of Llanfafirfechan but actually entrance to the modern quarry is from Penmaenmawr. It felt strange up there. I would not sat ghostly but unloved. Walking time has had little influence on the grass path ways. I really liked the views of anglesey from up there. It was nice to see the Great Orme in Llandudno and puffin island off pen mon in detail rather than speeding past them out of a window on the A55 on a train or in a car. One of Conwy little gems just off the Welsh coastal path
Although they where dilapidated in place the rocks looked like they had been placed on the floor in order
- Passengers given chance to buy Penmaenmawr STATION with working platform (dailymail.co.uk)
- Aberconway Carnarvonshire 1845 (parishmouse.co.uk)
- In Photographs – North Wales Attractions (visitwales.co.uk)
- Open Doors âThrough the keyholeâ in Wales Free of charge, Arts and Literature (visitwales.co.uk)
- How many award winning beaches are in Wales? (visitwales.co.uk)
- Pint to pint: The Albion Ale House, Conwy (telegraph.co.uk)
- David Atkinson walks the Wales Coast Path – Part 1 – Llandudno to Conwy (visitwales.co.uk)
Well what a Weekend. Dogged by technical problems due to the power timers in the lights. I had a good response to the poems in the Bird Boxes along the cob leading you into Conwy and my projection on the castle. Thousands of people headed to Conwy, North Wales over the Three day blinc digital artsfestival. inspired by the work of Alan Turing. Which took place in the evening after the Conwy feast eating extravaganza.
All the indents for my work were done by Ronan Devlin www.orieljeindevlin.com
This was up on friday at 3pm when i felt like the world was going to end. I had so much support from the people running blinc.
You can listen to all my poems here My #noirconwy that was projected from the bird boxes
My A5 Poem Projection
The highlight was seeing my face on the castle (photography by Roger Smith check out his work it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/roj/ )
I’ve reworked the projection for the small screen 🙂
I felt so much joy from the weekend after the stress and deflation from the hectic build up on thursday and friday. I just sat on sunday all night thing where I was this time last year. What better way to capture my feelings than I n a few words.
Of an eye…
At the start of winter nights
Mist enhances light.
Cold soles warm heart.
The projection knights.
The homeless man,
He took it in.
Told me don’t fear the dark,
just watch the rain
I now can stride.
In the past I tried,
Ancient brick walls
Beam with pride.
Its drawing in,
Water on skin.
The streets feel.
The last night still
stoking the glow.
We must move,
Project our souls.
By passing our goals?
- Ffoto Alternative’s Chris Bird is Blinc’s Artist of the Day! (photernative.wordpress.com)
- Blinc Digital Arts Festival 2012 (creatabot.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Digital arts fest lights up Conwy (bbc.co.uk)
- How to Wear Thick Eyeliner Without Looking Like Alice Cooper (bellasugar.com)
After my adventures in digital projection last year on conwy castle. I have pushed on with my poetic endeavors for this years blinc digital arts festival. I will be talking over the cob between Llandudno junction and conwy with some interesting props and tale of a man who came to stay…
Engaging with social media will take a big part in my installation so remember #noirconwy
- VIDEO: Digital arts fest lights up Conwy (bbc.co.uk)
- Incredible Digital Art (dranilj1.wordpress.com)
I have been approached by a photographic Collective to display work in Llandudno Conwy Arts Service have offered us an exhibition Early Sept – end Oct 2011 at Llandudno Library or Early November – end Dec 2011 at Llandudno Library
The Project has been run by Chris Bird who is the Gallery Assistant at Rhyl library
Here are the links to different areas we are displaying out work
We are applying to be in Helf Gelf as well http://www.helfagelf.co.uk/ this is normally around september time
This is very exciting as there are a lot of people involved that i have great respect for
We have a project to create image based on the word hats with either an old camera or one bought for under £5. We have 36 images to document this point
Hopefully i will have some more news soon…
After My work for the Conwy County Council on the Colwyn Bay Youth Skate competition. I was asked to do so more work for them. I was again approached by Sharon Campbell head of Colwyn Bay Youth Centre. She wanted to make a flyer for the new facilities that have been installed at the Club. The images where to be taken during the youth club on the thursday night. The images had to be vibrant and look attractive to the young people of Colwyn Bay. Here a few of the images. I’m limited to the amount of images i can show. The young people on the flyer had parental consent forms signed.
These where the final Flyers that were produced at the end of the project. The feedback from Sharon is the leaflets that had been handed out have increased the numbers in the youth club