Tin types: more collodion

My collodion at NPG: the photographers upside down view before the tintype is made

Chelin Miller kindly shared her film of ambrotypes (collodion on glass)  being made at the NPG: it’s not the same as tin types (on metal). This includes me – at 1.38 – as one of the people talking about taking part at the NPG: I’ve already written something about this here – including more details …

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The Cycle of Life

Watered by the warm water I used to wash my dad's dead body, the little black and white forest grows and greens. As it starts fruiting., the cycle of life becomes obvious

I’ve produced a series of artworks sharing some of what I learnt about the Cycle of Life as my dad died. These started with some multimedia presentations at the Showroom gallery. My dad was a keen skier, and at the Showroom I presented his last Black Run; his Deathbed Skiing; his Last Breath; and how …

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4. Cycle of Life: digital collage

The Cycle of Life. This 'forest' grew from the acorn heart in 'Heartbeat', watered by my tears into a sprout. Then the warm water used to wash my dad's body 'grew' it into a forest, with more and more fruit

As I washed my dad’s dead body, I thought of how much of a Cycle of Life there is. How life cycles on and on. My dad must have washed me when I was a baby: his first child. I freshened him up through his time in the hospice. Just because he died, I wasn’t going to stop washing …

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3. Heartbeat: digital collage

Heartbeat: This image shows what happened when my dad took his last breath

This digital collage is about what happened to my dad’s heartbeat when he took his last breath. I’m showing the sound and light and movement during the multimedia performance in the Showroom gallery. The image shows a colleague clapping my dad’s heartbeat (on the left) and me talking (on the right). On either edge are (white on …

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2. Deathbed Skiing: a digital collage

When my dad was so near death that he’d stopped talking, he got out of his bed to stand as though he was deathbed skiing his last Black Run.

This digital collage of Deathbed Skiing shows me talking into, walking and standing alongside one of the Korean ‘machines’ that underpinned ‘Dawn Breaks’ (the ‘story bus’). I told the story of how when he was so near death that he’d stopped talking, my dad got out of his bed. People that close to death don’t get out of bed! But my …

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Praxis Forum submission

The Cycle of Life. This 'forest' grew from the acorn heart in 'Heartbeat', watered by my tears into a sprout. Then the warm water used to wash my dad's body 'grew' it into a forest, with more and more fruit

This is a very brief summary of my Praxis Forum submission. Praxis Forum put out an open call for visual artists who are interested in collaboration and in pushing the boundaries of their artistic practice. Applications from disabled artists were especially welcome. There is to be a year-long programme of monthly peer mentoring forums, including peer crits, discussions, …

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4. Ultimate Living: the words

Watered by the warm water I used to wash my dad's dead body, the little black and white forest grows and greens. As it starts fruiting., the cycle of life becomes obvious

These are the words I used in the multimedia performance of Ultimate Living, with some of the images: Ultimate Living: Often. in the hospice. I washed my dad. Freshening him up through the day.  Just because he has died, I’m not going to stop. He must have washed me ALL OVER like this when I was a small baby. …

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3. Heartbeat: the words

Heartbeat: This image shows what happened when my dad took his last breath

Here are the words I said at the multimedia performance of Last Breath / Heartbeat at the Showroom gallery   Heartbeat: I knew. Straight away. When my dad took.  His LAST. BREATH.  I stood up. Put my hand on his chest. And now. I’m confused. Cos his Heart. Is Beating. Fast. And Strong.  Keeping going. Keeping going. …

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2. Deathbed Skiing: the words

Talking into the Story Bus

Here are the words I said at the multimedia performance of Deathbed Skiing at the Showroom gallery, along with a few images:   Deathbed Skiing Later on my dad stops talking. Gets less responsive. More restless restless restless.  I want to freshen him up. Put his arms. Around my neck  Sit him. Forward. And He. Tries. to get out of …

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1. Black Run: the words

U my show: when the Back Run was shown

Here are the words I said at the performance of Black Run at the Showroom gallery, with a few of the many images: Black Run: This is my DAD. He’s an Expert at LIVING.  The Doctors told him his Cancer was TERMINAL. But my dad kept on and on EXPERTLY living, living, living. Then one morning. He. Told me. …

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