ART

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Most of my art is what I call Kipple…

NEW Ordo Ab Chao Site

I decided to divide off my computer games and film stuff off onto new site, Ill continue to update om misc things blog style here, but I needed a less messy container for my more serious experiments into computer games and VR. Im hoping sometime to get some funding for this art, and infact to get some of my old films onto digital format for re-showing them, so they are included on the new site as well.
The site is called www.ordoabchao.no

KIPPLE, CARVINGS & CROSSES @ NESODDPARKEN

Kipple, Carvings and Crosses.
Today I had my exhibition at Nesoddparken!
I was very surprised at how many came and that some braved the Norwegian seas and came over from Oslo. I set up a table so children could make their own kipple and that was also very successful!
I got a lot of nice comments and people seemed to like it a lot
Guri Guri Henriksen and team put on a fantastic shadow theatre show in the “project room” that was extremely well received, we had a class from the local school visiting the artists studios, and attending a painting course… Today Nesodparken felt just like Portsmouth Art College circa 1983!!!

Special thanks to Mark Steiner who did all the fiddly Facebook event stuff, and certainly contributed to the attendance, and also Trine Brandeggen who helped me organise and mount the stuff on Friday, and finally my lovely wife Hilde, who puts up with Kipple on a daily basis…

The exhibition is now showing for nearly a month, and a Sunday visit is recommended due to open café, and various events!
Reminder, (nearly) EVERYTHING is for sale, just sms me, on the number on the price-list and stick a little heart shaped sticker on the one you want, thus “bagging” it.

Wooden People Update

I have been working on the Wooden people a lot recently, due to having had my knee operation. The people are all but finished, just need to make their boxes. Of course, everything “mark-ish has to come in a box. This tim I might make it that the people CAN be removed from the box. Not sure exactly what they will look like, But Im thinking simple wooden and stain wood, with doors, small windows, where you can “see through” to the faces maybe? Also IM investigating the technique of Laser cutting so i can maybe burn lots of text onto the outside… This is a secret though..

New Studio!

I have gotten myself a studio at Nesoddparken. Its a amazing room, in fact a bit too amazing, hoping for a cheaper one when one comes up… somewhat annoying that no sooner have I moved in, than I have to got to hospital for my knee operation. Darn it!

Mostly Im going to be doing my modular music there, but Ive really been enjoying the wooden people so maybe It will kick start my art stuff too…
room

New Sculptures

I am working on a new series of Kipple. Called the wooden men.
Each man is being hand carved, painted and will be in boxes.
All the wood comes from driftwood found on the shores of Nesodden, or waste wood from my chippy neighbour.
Anyway, heres some WIP.

Art College ramblings digressions and what not

I just read this interesting article about the Art College in Brighton during the 60’s
Brighton College of Art in the 60’s
And it reminded me alot of my experience at Portsmouth College of Art and then the Fine Art Dept of Portsmouth Polytechnic. I thought it would be nice to write down a few of my memories.

Arrival
I remember that I was literally the first interviewee in a bunch for my place at Portsmouth College of Art. I was interviewed by Mark Harrington, who was to be one of my first year, foundation lecturers. I still remember him saying ” Well this is good stuff, less of the Roger Dean shit and you´ll be fine… welcome!” And that was it! After a nerve wracking 5 minutes where he just perused my folder of school Art class stuff, I was in!
I relaxed a little at school for the remainder of the year, maybe a little too much?
I arrived, a long haired hippy type, with patched up jumpers and holy (as in with holes) jeans, to be confronted with a bunch of the scariest and most way out looking punks and goths and new romantics. It took a year before my hair became black, and it has stayed dyed ever since… Im 51 now! It was frightening, but totally inspiring! I had NO IDEA (I still dont) what “kind” of Art I should do, and the foundation year was designed for me to find out. A bit of everything, drawing, painting nudes, graphics, printing, plastic, metalwork and photography. I LOVED IT! The only hinderance for me at the time was that I was “commuting” from Petersfield everyday.
By the second year I had moved to Pompey and really took advantage of life as an Art Student. Going to shows, staying till we were thrown out of the video suite or darkrooms (look them up you youngsters).
Im not sure how much talent I ever had (or have actually) but I must say that at Portsmouth I did get the interest to try many things, and that has stayed with me to this day. Not really a good thing really, but maybe. I don’t think Ive ever become really outstanding at anything really, technology always seems to whizz past before I really feel I have done all.. For fuck sake I was experimenting with hand dying film, when video came in, I was faffing with making quicktime VR circular poems, when I should have learned programming… Ja.. Programming thats the one thing I really regret never to have mastered. I mean I cant play guitar, but Ive toured the world in a famous band, I don’t know much about film, but Ive probably directed more actors than anyone in Norway… I don’t understand electronics but I have a pretty huge modular synth that I soldered myself… see a pattern here?
Anyway… I followed a girlfriend into a jewellery course, and loved it… but gave it up after a year, it just wasn’t… arty enough… silly really… I made some lovely rings, by a technique known as fusing, where you don’t really use solder, you just wait till the silver melts, and JUST before it goes BLOB into a runny mess you pull away… twas cool as hell. and to be honest.. I wish I still did that. If I hadn’t twatted about with video feedback, and got hooked on experimental video I would never have had to sit through 6 hour meetings about HSE or HR or…fucking CSR. I wouldn’t know what a company design profile was and I wouldn’t give two hoots about visions and values…
Scratch
Where was I? Video… yep lots of re-filming off screens, recording buzzing noises, burying TVs in the beach, draping apartments with white sheets and, projecting on houses. Then zippady doo dah, over I pop to the Polytechnic and join the real arty mob in the…
Fine Art department
“Your stuff is too… er slick… Mark”
they wailed…
“It must be all that time doing graphics…!”
while at the same time handing rolls of film to students who came back with black totally underexposed films (“I filmed myself masterbating at four in the morning… I left the lens cap on as a statement about pornography”)
I was stuck between two poles, I was all design-y and pop video-y and yet when I was at the Art College it was all craft, and technique…and there they said I was too weird, didnt stick to the brief…too mess… ahh well…
But it was OK at the Poly, I made a fun film, with lots of holes punched in it, I filmed some melodramatic goths poncing about on a freezing winter West Wittering, and set it all to backwards distorted guitars and techno beats. Ace! Also met James my on and off collaborator for… well… we still dabble now…
Then it was over..
I was out…
The World
not so much as a ” Well there this grant…”
or
“Heres some place that might show you films if you sent them”
or
“Have you thought about pop videos”
oh no.
It was… “Dole Office is down there on the left… let us know when you have a retrospective of your earlier work at Aspex Gallery in Southsea, and we´ll come and drink your wine…”
Bastards…
So it was Bread Pudding and coffee in a cafe in Albert Rd for 2 years discussing “scripts” with James… occasionally rehearsing with this new band I got asked to join… a one off trip to Thailand on a documentary film, taught a bit in a video course of my own devising,
and then…
well..
good old John Peel.. may he rest in peace…

Digital Art

Just found these on my hard-drive, so I thought maybe they needed a page.
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tango film

Just found this on my hard-drive. By Zbigniew Rybczyński, its totally wonderful. made by painting thousands of hand made film mattes, no computers here… I wonder if I get a please remove this film message? Its seems to be rather difficult to find online.
[hdplay id=1]
This film, although a bit boring in truth, seriously influenced me as a young experimental film-maker. The fact that a very complex idea could be carried out, by hand, from start to finish, by one man, was very appealing. It encouraged me to do the same. I could never have completed something as vast as this, but I did spend some time producing film “by hand” That is to say, I shot black and white negative film, developed it by hand in an old Russian dev tank (I still have it) then constructed my own printer out of an old Bolex, where I cut a slot for the negative to enter, shone a light in the lens , and developed the resulting film. THEN applying hand made dyes to it… I did many hours of experiments of this, nothing survives. apart from a tiny bit at the end of Mise en Scene. The Cranes online documentary I made.

About the film Tango. This is snagged from the directors own pages here, I will take it down if he complains.


“Thirty-six characters from different stages of life – representations of different times – interact in one room, moving in loops, observed by a static camera. I had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece. The miracle is that the negative got through the process with only minor damage, and I made less than one hundred mathematical mistakes out of several hundred thousand possibilities. In the final result, there are plenty of flaws ® black lines are visible around humans, jitters caused by the instability of film material resulting from film perforation and elasticity of celluloid, changes of colour caused by the fluctuation in colour temperature of the projector bulb and, inevitably, dirt, grain and scratches.”

– Zbig Rybczynski –Looking to the Future – Imagining the Truth,” in FranÐois Penz, Maureen Thomas, Cinema& Architecture. Mþliús, Mallet-Stevens, Multimedia, BFI, London, 1997

*****

“In Tango, Rybczynski exploits this concept of the single offscreen space by filling it with a plethora of actions. It soon becomes obvious that such a small space, that of a small room, could not possibly contain all the actions taking place. Rybczynski also makes critical use of off-screen space, exposing it for the artifice it is. Off-screen space is the imaginary area beyond the edge of the screen, and in front of or behind the camera. There are a number of ways through to off-screen space in Tango – a window and a door in the back wall, doors on either side of the room, and cupboard which also has its uses. Rybczynski orchestrates his entrances and exits with great precision.”

– Roger Noake, Animation Techniques, Secaucus, Chartwell Books Inc., 1988.

Live Visuals

Heres a set of screenshots from my recent experiments in Quartz Composer and Resolume… nifty huh?

Psychedelic Visuals

I am having lots of fun designing the video projection for my 30 minute performance at Y2K-X in Santa Cruz and 2 weeks time (Sunday 17th 10.30 Pearl Alley Studios). As I have decided that something in the performance will be influenced by psychedelia, I am trying to ( dunno what I mean by “trying”… its easy…) make a trippy 30 minute film.

Im working with the strobe effect that I was experimenting with in video back in the 80´s, and re-discovered for the “driving film” Vang Drive (see prev post). The theory that I was working on was that if you flash the frames in negative/positive in front of the eyes, the ends of your eye rods dont have time to aclimatise themselves to being, black for example before they are given white to process… this makes vision difficult and unstable. THEN if you introduce a static NON strobed element to the composition infront of the flashing, it will kind of float out of the screen IN FRONT… this is because the eye will try to give this element prescience over the instability of the strobing.

Anyway I started out with such lofty ideas… 15 layers of flashing later (Im using stock footage as source material, mostely a huge collection of grunge film, leader film, scratches etc.) its looking LOVELY…

So now Im trying to render it… except that the fucking thing keeps crashing.. damn it! It says I have some frames out of bounds and 6k pixels or something, except I dont.. unless its doing something behind the scenes… Grrr.

Anyway, heres some screen shots…