Digital Graffiti 2020 at Alys Beach, Florida was postponed from May until 2-3 October. On the original dates, curator Brett Phares put together a 'Digital Graffiti from home' experience. A selection of highlights from past years of Digital Graffiti festivals were combined in a showreel film and Brett invited people to download and enjoy it - if at all possible by projection - in whatever environment you found yourself.
I was delighted to find my film 447 Intellect - N was to be included.
We had great fun playing with the images in the garden, projecting on trees, the children, the fence and the church opposite. It seems my aged projector is rather on the green side. But despite this - DGatHome has made me think about being more creative and experimental with what I could do with projecting and rephotographing images. This was a process that I explored a little in my 2019 piece for Visible Poetry Project - letter to anyone who is listening, where I projected images on myself and rephotographed them.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, 2014 Digital Graffiti artist Zlatko Cosic captured some really gorgeous images from his home in St Louis. Zlatko has kindly given me permission to share his images - I wanted to show how beautiful the work looks when it is not all green!
Above: Video montage captured by Zlatko Cosic from projection of Digital Graffiti at Home reel
Zlatko will be showing a new piece - Dirty Look - at the rescheduled Digital Graffiti festival in October. I would love to be able to see this projected at Alys Beach. I wonder which location has been chosen?
In 2016 I made an installation for South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell commemorating it's history during the Second World War - the Mansion house became the evacuated home of the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital of Margate in Kent.
'Loose parts' was a set of screenprinted pillows that were laid out on grass beds on the lawn in front of the South Hill Park terrace during the Engage with Art Festival (2-3 July 2016). Patients of the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, including very many children, were suffering from surgical tuberculosis. Treatment involved being outdoors day and night, those with a diseased spine restricted to a plaster bed, or those with infected joints with splinted limbs. At a time that was pre-antibiotic treatments, if the disease abated the best possible outcome was an immobile back or limb - forever seized up into the least worst position. The outdoor installation of 'beds' and pillows also celebrated that children in this country are largely now free of this disease: with healthy limbs and free to play without limitation.
During its stay at South Hill Park, the hospital also cared for many injured Servicemen - who we remember on VE Day on Friday.
Since the beginning of April I have been making up scrubs for Scrubs Glorious Scrubs - a fantastic collective of volunteers who are making non-surgical scrubs, hats and scrubs bags for the NHS during the current disease crisis.
In what feels like a lovely twist to the tale of my artwork - I have now converted the remaining pillows into scrubs bags which will be distributed to be used in GP surgeries and other healthcare settings around Bracknell to help with the Covid-19 battle.
Versopolis (pan-European cultural magazine) - has launched 'Festival of Hope' - a global virtual poetry initiative https://www.versopolis.com/festival-of-hope
Included in the cornucopia of material is the Poetry + Video programme, which was due to screen this month as part of Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival. One door closes, another one opens ...