Nomad is a Heritage Lottery funded project which premiered at the British Library and British Museum during Somali Week Festival 2018. Based around workshops engaging Somali communities in London, Nomad explores the creative use of HoloLens Mixed Reality and web-based technology to contextualise archival Somali objects with the people and traditions to which they belong. To find out more about the project, please visit our website for the project here
Since October we have toured the experience, held workshops, and delivered presentations at the following events and venues:
Sussex Humanities Lab at Brighton Digital Festival
The Immersive Storytelling Symposium
British Library Labs Awards – runner up in the Artistic Category
Metropolitan Archives London
Lighthouse – The Impossible Future of Immersion
Workshops and demonstrations
Tower Hamlets Archives
Somali Week Festival at Broadway, Barking
A short teaser for the Mixed Reality experience can be watched below.
How do we meet and critically come to terms with memory, commemoration and often hidden histories, through artistic, pedagogical and performative means?
In August I travelled to Coburg, Germany to attend the International Beyond Forgetting Symposium.
I presented research related to Wunschendorf / Srbska, discussing the archive srbska.org and the film and immersive works inspired by it.
More images and info to come
It’s been a pleasure to participate in a panel discussion on the subject of memory in and around artistic practice with Eyal Sivan, Maria Molina Peiro and Emilio Reyes Bassail at the Eye Museum, Amsterdam.
It’s been a pleasure making this short video for Warp and Weft composed by Colin Riley. Warp and Weft is a double cello concerto for Gabriella Swallow and Guy Johnston, premiered in Manchester Cathedral with the Manchester Camerata conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Click the image above to watch the full video on Vimeo
I’ve just completed this short film for Colin Riley, a London based composer. Colin’s new work ‘Songs of Coiled Light’ makes use of multi-sensory elements to provide a different kind of listening experience based on his research into hearing impairment. Featuring bass clarinetist Gareth Davis and live electronics designer Carl Faia it was filmed during a residency and several live performances taking place as part of the SoundFestival in Aberdeen.
As a follow up from a recent documentary workshop with Alexander Porter at Dutch VR Days, I’ve been working with Agisoft Photoscan to create some 3D models using photogrammetry. Below are a few examples, including items kindly lent by Nelis Antiques, Amsterdam displayed in the Universal Viewer.
I’ve just completed a video for the Bell Halsall duo. The duo, pianist Kate Halsall and electric guitarist Joel Bell performed an improvised electronic composition to the twenty minute video for their latest project, Horizontal transfer.
The video explores Coventry through themes of celebration, tradition, war, devastation, industry and regeneration and was compiled from archive footage from 1918 to the present day.
Still from the work [Running time 20 minutes]