Charting the development of work at the intersection of movement and new media practice created by Chirstinn Whyte and Jake Messenger.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Micro Projects

Beginning to rework the material presented via Twitter over Christmas and New Year, which will be shown as part of the What If? Festival in Brighton and London in March and April. Wisp - shown below - is one of five micro-works to be installed at the Siobhan Davies Studios as part of a programme co-curated with Lucy Cash; Gill Clarke; Becky Edmunds and Claudia Kappenberg.

In addition, Binary Form was MiShorts Film of the Month in November ’09, and has been shortlisted for the ‘Film of the Festival’ prize at 700is, Iceland in March.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Twitter Video Project

The final element of the Phase Shift project begins today - five micro-pieces delivered over the next twenty-three days via twitter. Four of the pieces use footage originally filmed for Memory Pool, but the final piece - Improv 1 - uses footage filmed at Chisenhale in August, and is shown here in its entirety, rather than as a series of six tweets, as a sneak preview.


Sunday, 22 November 2009

Improv 2

Having created all of the micro-works for the Twitter Video Project, footage from one of the improvisations filmed at at Chisenhale in August shaped itself into a one-minute piece - too long for a tweet, but standard length for a Shiftwork piece.

Threshold filter was applied after editing, and I like the way that the shadow - against Chisenhale’s distinctive brick back wall - appears to continue the movement sequence while the performer is off-screen.

Improv 2 from shiftwork on Vimeo.


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Phrasemaking stills

A stage in the process of creating Phrasemaking, earlier this year. The finished piece uses different text, but inverting the brightness values resulted in some interesting stills.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


Completed over six days of edit, the first Shiftwork piece filmed in HD uses minimal technical intervention, and relies on the rhythms of the original improvised footage. The ankle-attached lights proved to be too distracting, and were masked, leaving only the finger-mounted light source.

L.E.D. from shiftwork on Vimeo.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Screenings and spectatorship 3/ New Work

Over the last six months, Binary Form and Vector Paths have been showing in partnership at screendance festivals including Dance:Film09 in Edinburgh; Il Coregrafo Elettronico, Naples and Xontakt in Split. Binary Form has also been shown at non-dance events - Derapage in Montreal, Abandon Normal Devices in Liverpool, Oblo Film Festival in Lausanne and Cream in Yokohama, as well as dance-identified festivals Danca em Foco, Brazil; EDIT in Budapest and FRAME Research in Portugal. The new Phase Shift material has also been seen at DanceDigital’s symposium in Chelmsford in May, and in a research context at the University of Chichester in October.

Text Field, created in 2002, is still going strong on the festival circuit, programmed this summer by Andy Wood for Cinemoves in Wakefield in June, and by Doug Fox for DFA’s Dance and Animation programme in Hong Kong in August, at Shnit Short Film Festival in Berne and Cologne in October, and Video Vortex, as part of Cimatics in Brussels in November.

A new round of submissions for festivals in 2010 are ongoing, with editing on a new piece underway. Footage filmed at Chisenhale in August is being whittled down to a series of short, rhythmic movement sequences, with experimentation on visual manipulation scheduled in as a series of overnight renders, with the image below using the software program Motion in a development of a tracking technique first used in Trace in 2005.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Chisenhale Footage 2

Initial viewing of footage and selection of stills feels like the start of a lengthy process involving further stages of edit, addition of effects and sound.

A nine-day intensive work period at the end of October should allow time to get back into the editing groove.

Filmed in HD

Lit by finger and ankle-attached L.E.D.s