Projection & Reflection

Guest post by Rachel Bury from Learning Services

Projection & Reflection

Last night saw me and friends from the University at the CUC Gallery in Liverpool for an exciting 125 event which was very much the future! We were in the fabulous CUC gallery space which is an old Victorian warehouse in the city centre of Liverpool. The Projection and Reflection exhibition is in the basement, which suited the media brilliantly, very much a juxtaposition of the old and the new.

Projection and Reflection was a collaborative event with staff from the University’s Media Department and a previous Media lecturer who is now at Nottingham Trent. The pieces in the exhibition were using interactive media, animation and film. There are a number of fantastic media pieces that used the basement space so well but my favorites were the ABSROW installation where the audience has to get involved (go and see the exhibition and see the smiling tree!) and Russell Murray’s ‘Where We Went When We Left This Place’ ..the imagery and patterns did really take you into a virtual world which could be anything you wanted it to be, could be your past or future dreams.

The space in the basement was very dark and the music and projection was very atmospheric. A discussion started about would we see this in our homes..is this type of media something we might use to set the mood of your home and the concensus from the group was yes.

The exhibition is on until 27th August and I would recommend a visit just to see some of the ways artists are using technology to convey abstract images and very personal human experiences and thoughts and also you get an opportunity to interact which is always a great way to get people involved with technology.

Curtis Jobling talks animation

My superinterweb monitoring for mentions of “Edge Hill” (and variations) was the first I knew who would be talking at the British Animation Awards screening last night:

CurtisJobling: Off to speak at Edgehill University this evening as they’re one of the hosts of the British Animation Awards. First visit, should be fun!

Curtis Jobling is an illustrator famous for being the creator of Bob the Builder (series link) and Frankenstein’s Cat. He was at Edge Hill to introduce the Public Choice screening and talked for half and hour about how he got his break in animation and some of the projects he’d worked on. Curtis was kind enough to let me film the talk – once again forgot to take a tripod so it might be at a slightly funny angle. The Curious Cow interstitials created for Nickelodeon are available online.

Unfortunately prior commitments meant I was only able to see the first couple of shorts and I can’t make today or tomorrow, but I recommend popping over to the Studio Theatre if you can. Starts at 6:30pm and admission is free!

British Animation Awards

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Viewings of the Public Choice award in the British Animation Awards are coming to Edge Hill in a little over a week. The Public Choice programe is where the audience choose their favourite animated films from the past two years. Edge Hill (along with 26 other venues) is showing screenings during February and as part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations, the ones at the Rose Theatre are free!

Screenings are from 6:20pm – 8pm, Monday 8th through Wednesday 10th. I might see you there!