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Tuesday
Jul152014

Touchpoints — Remixing the earth's landscape part 2.

Touchpoints is a project that explores notions of interactivity, collaboration and levels of engagement in audiences. It also considers the ways in which people use technologies to create, exchange and remix content through the use of mobile devices and computer networks.

At the Fringe Arts Bath Festival my role was as curator/facilitator and co-creator, rather than individual artist. When participants and visitors "touched" the interface and networks built around the project, "touchpoints" were created and used as entry points into the work.

By the time I arrived at Fringe Arts Bath Festival with a bank of contributed works (many of which were urban and natural landscapes), the project's theme had evolved. Touchpoints emerged as a project not only about notions of interactivity and co-creation, but also about vanishing landscapes and the earth's changing weather patterns. In order to explore this idea, visitors at the festival chose images and sounds from a clip bank and used a mixer, laptop, and projector to create remixes of the earth's environment. The exhibition site at the festival became a meeting place for discussion and sharing of anecdotes regarding the ways in which participants felt touched or affected by changes in the earth's weather patterns. The touchpoints were created by the following individuals:

1) 26 contributing artists and musicians;

2) anonymous participants who sent original photographic and sonic contributions through QR codes that were posted in public spaces;

3) visitors who were passing through the Fringe Arts Bath Festival. These visitors were asked to add another level of participation to this project through the use of a configured interface (mixing board, laptop and projector) that was provided in the exhibition space. Contributed photographs, sounds and effects were available in clip banks for visitors' experimentation.

The video clips below represent a sampling of the remixes
created during the festival:

(above) Suzy Lake, Brendan Pittman and visitors
at the Bath Fringe Arts Festival 2014.

(above) Daniel Canty, Barton Graham and visitors at Fringe Arts
Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Remix by Daniel Canty, Danusia Diduch, Adam Wyzaker
Redditt and visitors at the Bath Fringe Art Festival 2014.

(above) Philip Rostek, Luba Diduch and visitors at Fringe Arts
Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Donna Merineau, Marnie Blair, Adam Wyzaker Redditt and
visitors at Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Lia Rogers, Kristine Thoreson, Brendan Pittman and visitors
at the Bath Fringe Arts Festival 2014.

(above) Marnie Blair, Philip Rostek and visitors at the Fringe Arts
Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Tineke Jorritsma, Byron Rich and visitors at the
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Tineke Jorritsma, Luba Diduch, Suzy Lake and visitors
at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Jennifer Rae Forsyth, Philip Rostek and visitors
at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Suzy Lake, Bill Luhtala and visitors at the Fringe Arts
Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Heather Hughes Plimmer, Kaitlin Bentkowski and visitors at
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Kristen Hutchinson, Mina Bancheva, Adam Wyzaker
Redditt, Patti Dawkins and visitors at the Fringe Arts
Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Mark Allard, Patti Dawkins, Adelaine Gladstone and visitors
at Bath Fringe Arts Festival 2014.

(above) Tineke Jorritsma, Marcel Duchamp and visitors at the
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Anonymous photographic contribution
(sent via QR code), Byron Rich, Luba Diduch and visitors at the
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Jennifer Rae Forsyth, Luba Diduch and visitors
at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Bruce Watson, Tineke Jorritsma, Brendan Pittman and
visitors at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Barton Graham, Patricia Dawkins and visitors at the
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Anonymous photographic contribution (sent via QR code),
Luba Diduch and visitors at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Colin Tyler and visitors to Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Helen Frosi, Ashley McQuaid, Philip Rostek, Luba Diduch,
anonymous photographic contribution and visitors at the
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2014.

(above) Mark Allard, Brendan Pittman, Anonymous photographic
contribution and visitors to Bath Fringe Arts Festival 2014.

Wednesday
Jun112014

FAB is over, and yet Touchpoints II continues to echo in computer networks and spaces. Appreciation goes out to the artists who initially supplied the images and sounds, as well as to the participants who further expanded the artwork at the festival.

Sincere thanks to FAB for this fantastic experience!

 

 

Monday
Jun092014

Remixing earth's landscape - participants adding to the work

Monday
Jun092014

Remixing earth's landscape

Participants were happy to contribute to Touchpoints II. The following examples show results of their inputs in response to the interface and projected image. The idea of creating remixes and the ways in which humanity's presence and use of earth's resources is also "remixing" the earth's landscape, became a dialogue between artists, facilitator and participants at the festival.

Sunday
Jun082014

The Creative Act

 

During the course of the Fringe Arts Bath festival at FAB 1, numerous visitors have participated and contributed to Touchpoints II. This is a project that centres around the idea of climate change and the ways in which distributed authorship and audience engagement contribute to the evolution of an artwork. Touchpoints II was originally curated using computer networks and has been further developed and experienced as an on-going and ever-changing artwork by visitors to the festival.

In his paper "The Creative Act", Marcel Duchamp said — "the artwork is not created by the artist alone, and that it is the spectator who brings the artwork into the external world". This idea can be seen in Touchpoints II in that although this artwork was initially conceived as a grouping of works by individual artists, it has since been fully realized by the attending audience at the festival — one that has participated in remixing these works using a provided interface.