26.10.10

SHE RETURNS Hannah Jerrom and James Barnett are reunited once again. We can't tell you why though*.
IT'S A SECRET.
*We'll tell all in a couple of weeks.
Crept Upon The Waters Designed and Directed by Stephanie Johns
This Saturday and Sunday, I helped former Touchard resident and ex-Performance: Design and Practise student Stephanie Johns with her first solo performance since graduating in July. Steph has devised an immersive piece of theatre entitled 'Crept Upon The Waters'. One audience member at a time enters a specially constructed space and walks through a series of environments, experiencing different sounds, textures, temperatures and levels as they pass through the space. Each participant is blindfolded, and dons a pair of headphones to listen to excerpts from 'The Tempest'. Steph had originally devised this piece in conjunction with the RNIB for her final major project in her third year at CSM. She was approached by the Bloomsbury festival to transfer her original design to a disused shop space in Euston. After spending a week on building the piece, doors finally openened on Saturday morning. After a slow first hour, we were inundated with festival goers eager for a turn in Steph's sensory build. Whilst working the front of house, I became aware of the intimate, peculiar and, at times, apprehensive mood that audience members approached Steph's piece with. Once they had finished their turn, the overwhelming majority left absolutely buzzing with what they had just experienced. Good Times!
The exterior of the empty shop space Steph and her team transformed - an intriguing lure for passers by and festival goers?!
As they enter, they are confronted by a tiny, intimate waiting space.The obscuring goggles each participant must don before they enter the space.Different textured floors help to convey the sense that we were moving through different environments.A Southend Groyne adds to the coastal detail!Strobes, fans, speakers - the tools you need to create whole new worlds.The Forest: this section was well scary to be in, and was where we lost most of our audience members!The guiding string which audience members could use to help them navigate around the space.Steph's hi-tech control booth.Blurb.

20.10.10

The Quiff Is Dead
I've known William Potter for a long time. We did A Level and GCSE Art together. Will used to be an ace at drawing and illustration, but it seems photography is more his thing right now. I've collaborated with Will on a few shoots since the summer. He seems to get it right every time. Will is a Japan nut, a proper geek and a born again cyclist. He used to go through various obsessions, including: Jurrasic Park, Star Wars and Morrisey. In April, Will is getting married. It will be the wedding of the century as far as I'm concerned. He and his fiance run their own Blog together, which you can view here. They like and design Kid Robot esque toys. Will also has his own Flickr account (where I found this awesome picture of an owl, I do love an owl), and his own Blog. Be sure to check them out.
Audacity of Huge Heavy Cross Satellite Dish

All pictures taken by William of Potter

19.10.10

Audacity of Huge: The Making Of

Faithful reader! I hope you've enjoyed my Yellow explosion. After a few delays caused by the rain, coupled with my total lack of time management during the week, it finally got done in the end! This Saturday, William Potter, Daniel Farr and I scouted around for suitable locations crammed into Will's little car - the back of Godalming Sainsbury's seemed like a safe bet but, alas, there was a lot of Asbestos which probably would have killed us. So, father Michael of Barnett had a brainwave: he suggested using the concrete making facility near Guildford which none of us even knew existed. When we rocked up, we saw how perfect it was, and the weather had turned to this lovely overcast colour one side whilst being bright and sunny the other - perfect for a bright yellow costume against a grey backdrop. I'd wanted to remake my 'Satellite Dish' costume for a while now. A few months ago, my old A-Level Art teacher gave me metres of this heavy duty yellow vinyl. I realised that this would be the perfect material to remake my costume in. Why yellow? I thought about JCBs, but my biggest inspiration came from the 'Power Loader' contraption which Ripley uses in James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986) Brand Barnett also realised that the new look Daleks which featured in the last series of Doctor Who probably got stuck somewhere in his imagination. We got into the concrete facility fairly easily and shot the photos quickly, getting only a couple of bemused looks from passers by. I'm well pleased with the results.
The new look, chunky Daleks (yum) from the current series of Doctor Who. The Yellow Dalek was called the 'Eternal Dalek', stood here with Matt Smith (double yum):

The Power Loader from Aliens:

Ripley:

My costume rough (drawn in school notebook - I confused lots of the children):

Parts coming together:

Test Run on Photobooth to Will:

Breaking into the concrete facility:

Dan fixes me into the costume:

The amazing concrete making facility:

And the original costume, photographed by William Potter in May on a rooftop in Oxford Street:

18.10.10

Audacity Of Huge

Man. Machine. Aesthetic. Industrialisation is Modernity's Iron Maiden. This world is becoming more like a mechanism into which people are born. The pressure suit protects me from technological progression: I could stand forever, existing through the humdrum of everyday life like some kind of totemic 10 foot edifice to all those that wanted nothing more than to stand in a field all on their own.

Suit James Barnett

Photography William Potter

And Thank You Daniel Farr for stopping me from blowing away.

15.10.10

COME RAIN OR SHINE, HE WILL RISE TOMORROW
MIRIAM FOR MASTERCHEF?
Her presentation needs work on.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S LIVING IN MY FRIDGE, BUT ITS MADE A HOME INSIDE THIS YELLOW PEPPER Miriam and I are cooking.
I USED TO BE SO FUCKING BORED IN MY HISTORY LESSONS UNIT 14 REMEMBERED

14.10.10

POPPY FRENCH'S FABULOUS CAPE A night of high octane nattering has just been had, but before BRAND BARNETT goes to BED, one felt he simply must post this picture of Poppy French and her fantastic new cape. She swanned around Wetherspoons like she owned the place - somehow, I don't think the regular punters were convinced.
VEGETABLES, PENDULOUS PROTRUBERENCES & NIGHTMARE BOXES Scans from three seperate sketchbooks. I think they are fairly representative.