Ben F Laposky, Oscilons: Electronic Abstractions



CHORUS

The exhibition/installation 'Chorus' was a great success.  We had excellent feedback from the general public and from PAMI who all enjoyed our immersive space.  Below is the press release statement for the exhibition and some photographs of the work.  

‘Chorus' is an immersive audio-visual installation presented in the rear offices of Fantasy Estates. It explores the relationship between sound and vision through soundscape, time-sensitive film, light works and installation. ‘Chorus’ is a celebration of the transcendental experience of music and light unique to humans and the desire for this communal experience. The visuals and the immersive environment are tailored to heighten and complement the fusion of sound and light.






CHORUS/PAMI

Isobel and I are organising an exhibition which is due to open on the 18th September called Chorus.  It's part of PAMI -  Peckham Artists Moving Image (PAMI website), which is a four day programme of artist's moving image taking place in Peckham 19th september - 22nd september.  Here is press release we created for the exhibition -

An immersive audio-visual installation presented in the rear office of Fantasy Estates.   
Chorus explores the relationship between sound, light and communal experience, rhythm and primal instinct, through soundscape and time sensitive film / light works by Bea Wilson & Isobel Mei.
Sound direction by Callum Mclean.




Our press picture has been on dazed digital website, in the article about peckham - here.

Below is the link to the exhibition on PAMI -

http://www.pami.org.uk/post/60187212810/chorus-bea-wilson-isobel-mei-taylor-fantasy

V&J

I have just finished some visuals to be shown during the live performances of a band called Victoria and Jacob.  I produced them with  their existing visual identity in mind and also the feel of the music which references nostalgic summer holidays.  Below are a few stills from the visuals (a music video is currently being created from them, so I won't be putting them online), which were 45 minutes in length to match the duration of their live set.  The band has also used some of my photographs to create album artwork due for release soon.

  







Silence

Silence directed by Pat Collins 

From the beginning until the end of this beautiful film, I was completely absorbed and transported into it.  It traces the psycho-geographical journey undertaken by an enigmatic soundman (writer and co-scenarist Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde) from his adopted city of Berlin to his native Donegal. As it writes on the website (www.silencefilm.ie), 'His undertaking is to aurally document landscapes free from man-made noise – a journey that ultimately leads our protagonist inwards, as he finds himself drawn to his childhood home.'  It was almost meditative, perhaps even spiritual and echoed one of the voices in the film who said 'silence turns the mind'.    
    

Rediscovering some books that Ive been browsing for inspiration.  In particular Tacita Dean's book Film - an excellent account of artists and filmmakers use and love of celluloid film against the backdrop of the digital versus film debate.  

'Film is often associated with the past, but I like to think that far in the future, when humans have no idea what is in all these boxes and containers that store digital data, which will no doubt be corrupted by then anyway, they will come across films hold them up to the light, and easily understand what a strip of film does.  Some bright spark will rig up a rudimentary projector powered by a dynamo and in the overgrown cities there will be cinema again.'  Ben Rivers, in Film by Tacita Dean

In recent news, I was asked to take part in a discussion about film and my work followed by a screening and an exhibition at Inland Studios, Camberwell.  Below is a photo from the exhibition -

 

I'm currently working on some live tour visuals for the band Victoria and Jacob and working towards a collaborative installation with Isobel Mei in September as part of PAMI (Peckham Artists Moving Image).  Also getting prepared slowly to start at the RCA on the moving image pathway of the Visual Communication course after summer.


The short story still survives, especially in science
fiction, which makes the most of its closeness to the
folk tale and the parable. Many of the stories in this
collection were first published in science fiction
magazines, though readers at the time loudly
complained that they weren't science fiction at all.
 But I was interested in the real future that I could
see approaching, and less in the invented future that
science fiction preferred. The future, needless to say,
is a dangerous area to enter, heavily mined and with a
tendency to turn and bite your ankles as you stride
forward. A correspondent recently pointed out to me
that the poetry-writing computers in Vermilion Sands
are powered by valves. And why don't all those sleek
people living in the future have PCs and pagers?
 I could only reply that Vermilion Sands isn't set in
the future at all, but in a kind of visionary present - a
description that fits the stories in this book and
almost everything else I have written. But oh for a
steam-powered computer and a wind-driven
television set. Now, there's an idea for a short story
 --J.G. Ballard, 2001

Novae Insula : Myths of a Future World


Although still a work in progress, here is the most finished version of a film I am making at the moment.

Novae Insula, meaning new island, is one of the results of a collaborative project by Bea Wilson and Roisin Dunnett.  The premise of the film is to portray a future scenario where the climate and geography of the world has changed.  The narrative and the footage were both created whilst exploring real landscapes in Iceland, the Mediterranean and other locations.  This film explores the function of fiction, in particular science fiction, as a way of presenting potential or plausible futures.

It is narrated by Adrian Holmes and includes William Baskinski's 'disintegration loops'  constructed from rapidly decaying twenty-year-old tapes that echoe the feeling of archival film in the story.  

Synopsis

In a timeless future, the world’s climate and geography has changed dramatically. The discovery of an archival film documenting an island from earth’s past inspires a voyage in search of what might remain. Undertaken by a member of an Institute set up to document lost and surviving land, his journey takes the explorer through fantastic, mercurial country, which he struggles to prove was once part of his lost island.

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Film

NOVAE INSULA : MYTHS OF A FUTURE WORLD from Bea Wilson on Vimeo.

Island Photographs Booklet



This is a booklet of photographs produced as part of the Island project I have been working on with Roisin Dunnett.  All photographs were taken on islands visited as part of our collaborative film project.  The film, called Novae Insula will be completed soon.










Drawing on film workshops

Something I have been meaning to post about are the drawing on film workshops that I co-ran over the summer with Joe, also an artist filmmaker.  The premise of the workshops were to encourage children to understand the principles of film by drawing on strips of 16mm film to make animations or patterns.  Some of the children really did grasp the idea of drawing frame by frame to produce an animation or a moving pattern.  However most of the children just had a great time drawing all over the film.

The results were great, a really colourful and varied film that had bits of animation and lots of abstract patterns and shapes.  We screened the film alongside a live brass band at the Greenwich Comedy Festival.

Here are some photos from the workshop.










Lyric music video

I have been asked to create a 'lyric' music video for Lianne La Havas on the Warner Brother's record label.  The idea of a lyric music video is to have the lyrics of the song included in the visuals.  They asked for it to have a similar aesthetic as the footage I shot in Iceland - i.e. super 8 film.  The basic idea for the song is following the journey of someone seeking perspective in a city - ambling through a park, walking up a hill to see a view over the city.

I have sent a first draft to them - here are some stills from that draft.  The video is of the song 'Lost & Found'.  The stills below don't contain the lyrics, as I think I will be altering the text for the final video.











H + He - Jiggling Atoms

Below are a selection of images from the installation film 'H + He' I produced for the exhibition Jiggling Atoms.   Jiggling Atoms is a multi-disciplinary illustration project exploring the wonders of particle physics.  See their website for more information.  I was one of the 25 artists who were given the challenge of exploring particle physics and coming up with an outcome for the exhibition.  It was a brilliant success, I am proud to have been part of it and am filled with admiration for the excellent curators, physicists and organisers of the project.   










Below is the blurb that went alongside the installation at the exhibition.  

This film pays pays homage to the significance of the two most abundant elements in the universe ; hydrogen and helium. The beginning of the universe, its ongoing existence and its eventual end are dependent on the atoms of these two gases. Our sun owes its existence to the fusion of hydrogen to helium within its core as well as all stars being formed from clouds of hydrogen in space. On earth hydrogen helps to form many of the building blocks that allow life to exist, such as water.
The film represents the atomic structure of both elements by using forms that show hydrogen as a sphere with one electron, and helium as a four sided prism with two electrons. The forms reference Johannes Kepler's use of Platonic solids to create a sense of divine design. Unlike Kepler's use of the shapes as God's design, this piece celebrates the 'divine' scientific knowledge behind the formation of these elements.