Doing the wrong thing...
When I read back my words from 2017 I recognise a classic artists trait of lack of confidence in ability and value. I now realise my journey has taught me to respect an artists contribution to society above and beyond their creative output. Artists are not only the sum of their work but also a hugely important element of a healthy community.
Artists are a mirror to society reflecting its passions and anxieties:- The arts (music, art and science) bind people together, giving us moments of joy and reflection. The arts solve problems through innovation and experimentation; allow free expression, highlights inequalities and pushes to break down barriers.
Simply put artists help societies move forward.
As I write the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a shock to the system and a warning shot from nature. Many have suffered through this period with unnecessary loss of life, increased long term health issues, loss of income and personal freedoms have been disrupted. The arts put on hold while societies battle to subdue the virus.
As we emerge from this shock we need to think carefully about how we rebuild. Its so easy to flick the switch and get back to what we did yesterday… unwrap the pedestal and let the ‘arts’ business sell work again.
But who will benefit from this reboot?
Not the community artist or individuals working for the good of the planet. Not the young seeking to enter the creative arts. Not the struggling communities with huge resources spent on building unaffordable flats without local infrastructure.
This is a time to take a breath and to consider how the flow of money can be shared equally to rebuild the arts from the bottom up.
What do I do and where can I be useful?
Audio-visual content creator, installation artist, lecturer, VJ, tech (real-time digital / analogue moving image works)...
Making images move – Audio visual content creation, live performance, installation and technical production
Arts & Infrastructure – Establishing and running facilities for the arts
Education – Lecturing in moving image and VJ techniques, experimentation and history
Moving image (analogue digital), lens based work, film, print, sculpture, installations, artist collaborations and support.
Experimentation takes the form of translating film and installation work into tangible documentation which can be read/exhibited after the installation is dismantled or the power removed.
The name ‘Opposite Fields’ references the analogue and digital, the physical and nonphysical. Its role is to act as a vehicle to present ideas, either as an individual, in collaboration or in group settings.
|2022||Lecturing The Art of VJing, BA (Hons), Point Blank Music School, London|
|2022||BAR Memories & Mementos group show, North West London|
|2021||Memories of Food, Video City, Technician assisting Eleanor Beale, London|
|2021||Ophelia in Exile, Technician assisting Tereza Stehlíková, Czech Centre, London|
|2021||Preliminary Notes for a Black Manifesto, Rasheed Araeen. Technician, Metroland Cultures, London|
|2021||Listening Devices, Technician assisting Abigail Schama, London Craft Week|
|2021||Absolute Beginners, Technician assisting Tom James, London Design Week|
|2018||Neville Road Studios (artist studios), establishment and management, North West London|
|2018||Video installation, assisting Fubu Dance Collective, Roundhouse, London|
|2018||The Mews Coachworks (artists studio), assisting with establishment, North West London|
|2017||Kindred Studios (artist studios), studio management, West London|
|2017||What if?, workshops and exhibition, Crisis 50th Anniversary North West London|
|2017||Progress IV, Dissenters Gallery, Kensal Green Cemetery|
|2017||Sculpture with video installation, collaboration with Diana Assaker, London|
|2017||I remember (film), dementia clients, Age UK (WIP)2016|
|2016||Shrine exhibit, Tate Britain, Octavia Foundation commission|
|2015||Opposite Fields moving image group show, BAR Gallery, North West London|
|2015||For Sale Contact Seller video installation/exhibition, London|
|2014||Sleepwalker, installation and print works, BAR Gallery, North West London|
|2013||Two parts, Five steps, installation and film, BAR Gallery, North West London|
|2013||Progress I, installation and film, Albert Project, North West London|
Timeline (club / live event screen work)
To be honest when I started out working in clubs it was a bit of fun. I never thought I would still be presenting work 37+ years later. Most of this period is hard to document due to never thinking beyond the last gig. Now I mainly work on private events which won’t be documented. But if you follow my social media occasionally you will see me share a clip or two.
Venues (the ones I can remember) + significant dates: 02 Academy Oxford, Corn Exchange Brighton, Corn Exchange Leeds, Escape Brighton, Happy Jacks London, Heaven London, HMV Forum London, HMV Institute Birmingham, HMV Picture House Edinburgh, Koko London, O2 ABC Glasgow, O2 Academy Bristol, Ritz Manchester, Roundhouse London, Royal Festival Hall London, Westbank London, Subterania London, Loft Studios London, Bush Hall London, Stour Space London, New River Studios London
|2022||2D / 3D projection mapping and immersive environments|
|2000s||Digital, video projection, LED|
|1996||Art of the Fly, 1980s club flyer designs, various (ISBN-10: 0500279098)|
|1990s||Analogue, 35mm slide, 16mm film projections|
|1980s||Early experiments with moving image for club visuals|
"No, I'm not the DJ"
Workshop, training and lecturing with a focus on moving image for live events, performance and art installations. Specialising in analogue and digital live mixing and effects using physical and computer based techniques. Software tools: VDMX, Resolume Arena, Vuo, Arduino, node based and live coding.
Research and refrence material for the 'Art of VJing' module (2022): https://oppositefields.com/art-of-vjing