Other Events at Lovebytes 96

 

BASE METAL INTO GOLD - JAMES WALLBANK
7th - 17th May 1996
Sheffield Independent Film Studio
5 Brown Street, Sheffield

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High Technology and scrap metal. An unusual combination which attracted critical acclaim when James Wallbank's show 'STEELWORKS' toured the North last year. Lovebytes was quick to jump at the opportunity of showing his latest work when it unexpectedly became available for exhibition. 'Base Metal into Gold' was intended to be on permanent display in Scunthorpe Civic Centre, but a local government mix-up has made the piece available until a new permanent site can be found.

Lovebytes is very keen to show how technology is being used in all aspects of art, from sculpture to performance to video, and is not just screen-based. James's piece will challenge some people's narrow concept of digital art - the piece is constructed from conventional materials, but it couldn't exist without the digital transformations that determine its form.

Based in Sheffield, James' career in art has taken him across the melancholic but invigorating urban landscapes of the post-industrial North. It's not surprising that he connects his work with industry. While he's using the computer as a tool to revivify discarded industrial materials, industry makes similar use of new technology to revitalise its operations.

The alchemical theme of 'Base Metal into Gold' simultaneously echoes the steel making traditions of Scunthorpe and Sheffield, and refers to the mysterious transforming process of artistic creation.

James is currently Digital Artist in Residence at Sunderland University, where he's struggling with the concept of sculpture on the internet. His reactions to the global network oscillate hourly between manic enthusiasm and unalloyed scepticism. James is happy to discuss his practice electronically: james.wallbank@sunderland.ac.uk

For further information or press prints please contact
Sarah Jenkinson at Lovebytes 96 Tel 0114 275 9330.

 

STILL IRL - JOHNNY YEN
1st - 17th May

Images of rain dripping down a window form a gentle and subtle backdrop to intercut flashes of memory.

This installation is quite simple. It consists of a tv monitor with speakers, placed as a window in a room. Video tape replays an image of raindrops on a window with flashes of memories now and then.

The installation was shown at the Norwegian Governments annual art exhibition Kunstnernes Hus (The House of Artists), autumn 1995, and a short version in the screening programme at the MUUU Festival in Finland.

 

THE KILLING SHOW - THIRD ANGEL
1st - 11th May 7.30pm

Tickets 4/2.50 are available from The Showroom on (0114) 275 7727.

She was really rather ordinary, she was chopped,stabbed, raped, burnt, stripped, poisened, tortured, and eventually buried. She is dead and she is famous. This is the sad tale of a quiet murder.

Sheffield's innovative performance arts company, Third Angel, Present their latest production, The Killing Show, an exploration of a Murder and the Media.

Hard on the heels of their highly acclaimed last sucess, Testcard, The Kiling Show charts the life of a normal woman, Mary Trounson, from the 1950s, through to her murder, what happens to her body, and her bizarre after-life in the public eye.

Focusing on society's fascination with murderers and their victims, Mary's tale is told through a one woman live performance that incorperates text, video projection and an original soundtrack.

An accompanying photographic exhibition, open free to the public daily (10am - 7pm), examines the murders of ten other women, through hastily family snapshots and photo-journalistic shots of the places they were killed. This exhibition, at The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, stands alone, but it is also the starting point for the evening performances of The Killing Show.

The audience is led into the bowels of the Workstation - to a specially created performance space - to witness Mary's horrific murder and the incredible events that follow. Although it is neither exploitative nor sesationalistic, the show is not for the squeamish or faint hearted. An age limit of sixteen or over is suggested.

The Killing Show was commissioned by Lovebytes 96, co-funded by Yorkshire and Humberside Arts and supported by the Nirthern Media School and The Workstation.

 

STILL IRL - JOHNNY YEN
1st - 17th May

Images of rain dripping down a window form a gentle and subtle backdrop to intercut flashes of memory.

This installation is quite simple. It consists of a tv monitor with speakers, placed as a window in a room. Video tape replays an image of raindrops on a window with flashes of memories now and then.

The installation was shown at the Norwegian Governments annual art exhibition Kunstnernes Hus (The House of Artists), autumn 1995, and a short version in the screening programme at the MUUU Festival in Finland.

 

ADVENT - CLIVE GILLMAN
4th - 10th May

An interactive multimedia advent calender concealing explorable spaces - each day revealing new signs that enmesh the viewer in a growing megalomania.

'Advent', is an interactive journey into the 25 days preceding the birth of something messianic. The journey is set in and around the shoreline of a mythic river and takes the form of a fictional personal diary.

At the heart of the piece is an advent calender. This calender being similar to the type that can be bought at Xmas, 25 different small windows concealing images relating to the story of the nativity.

On this Advent calender are a series of dates which conceal explorable spaces. When one of these dates is selected by the user the screen dissolves to reveal a range of images, sounds and objects. The entire sequence of days being linked together by a series of texts taken from a diary which forms the story. This advent story is very different from the Christian story, involving the descent of an anonymous individual into self-deification. Each day revealing new signs that lead them (and the viewer) to become more enmeshed in a growing megalomania.

Occasional clues to this story will appear as hidden on-screen buttons that allow the user to locate and explore new dimensions of a particular image or object. Although the themes of the piece are complex and non-visual, they will be illustrated by a range of still and moving images from along the waterfront and its hinterland, depicting the strangeness inherent in a close examination of urban artifacts. Showing a sequence of details of the architecture, machinery and monuments of late 20th century England, at the end of the industrial revolution.

 

EMOTIONAL COMPUTING
The Multimedia Gallery at The Workstation
7th - 10th May, 9am - 5pm

Emotional Computing is a commissioning scheme for interactive works on floppy disk based upon the success of the 1mb pieces that can be downloaded from The Hub. 12 pieces were commissioned. They are all very diverse and meet the brief which is to engage with the user at a conceptual or emotional level. It was developed by Richard Gooderick at the Film Department of the Arts Council of England.

The Hub was created in May '95 to support the creative use of desktop computers. There is a Hub Website http://www.ace.mdx.ac.uk/Hub/Hub.html and regular meetings take place in London and Bristol. We will be celebrating the first birthday of The Hub at Lovebytes and launching the West Yorkshire Hub.

 

 

 

MR. PUNCH - DAVE McKEAN and NEIL GAIMAN
The Multimedia Gallery at The Workstation
7th - 10th May, 9am - 5pm

Prints from the graphic novel which won the Victoria and Albert Museum Best Illustrated Book Award in 1994.

 

 

BLUE MOON - CONAL McDERMOT
The Multimedia Gallery at The Workstation
7th - 10th May, 9am - 5pm

Conal is an artist with a burning passion for rhythms and cycles presents one aspect, where the Moon leads life into a microcosmic dance with her own ancient dance of love.

An attempt to communicate via abstracted curves from body language, one complete luna cycle. Seven captured images of a female form opening and closing, are digitally manipulated, enhancing texture and colour to create the balanced pattern of particular dance.

Blue.

 

 

LOVEBYTES WOULD LIKE TO THANK the following organisations and friends for their kind support:

The European Regional Development Fund, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, The Arts Council of England, Photo Arts 2000, Sheffield City Council Arts and Museums, Hull Time Based Arts, Site Gallery, The Showroom Cinema, The Workstation, Red Tape Studios, Creative Review, Sheffield Independent Film, CVC International, Technimode, Apple UK, Windmill - Web Sites, Keith Griffiths, Sheffield Hallam University, Northern Media School, NatWest Bank, Ultimate Sun Productions Ltd, Commercial & Mercantile Vintners Ltd, Barco, Quadrant Video Ltd, Punters CyberCafe, Sheffield City Council's Department of Employment and Economic Development and McMillan Video.

 

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