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Peter & nou – new images

Shot by designer Matthew Walkerdine for his website, I’ve half inched these gorgeous new images of Peter & nou.

All those ‘corrections’ in Peter were drawn by me and then scanned and overlaid on the original text by Matt. Matt is, as is artist Jessica HigginsGood Press.

 

Touch Screen (Technicolour) (2016)

Touch Screen (Technicolour) (2016)

Once more adhering to my habit of organising something when I should be writing something, here’s an update on an old post:

‘Once more adhering to my habit of making something when I should be writing something, here are a couple of super-short films I made in bed this morning. Think of them as screen savers (to come).

23/06/2016 – Sorry, the Technicolour version is now off line. Email me if you’d like to see it.

25/07/2018 – Touch Screen (Technicolour) is on Vimeo again – but email me, cos you’ll need the password…’

 

A 35mm 208-ish Frame Version of Blade Runner…

A 35mm 208-ish Frame Version of Blade Runner…

…for the Harp Room (2017). I’d forgotten about this film, made at Hospitalfield this time last year. Watch it here.

Like the other 35mm 208-ish Frame films (and there are around 20 of them, you can see them if you are fortunate at www.rabbitcottontoothcottonrabbit.com) it’s made with scraps of an original 35mm copy of Blade Runner.

 

Alchemy: The Curios Society @ The Whitechapel

Alchemy: The Curios Society @ The Whitechapel

I was highly excited to be in the mix and contributing a text/talk for Alchemy: The Curios Society, alongside the amazing duo of Kate Briggs and Robert Williams. All connected to Mark Dion’s Theatre of the Natural World show at the Whitechapel…

And then the snow arrived and I was trapped in the Greggs on Glasgow’s Gordon Street (it’s a sit-in Greggs, with brick wallpaper, so very much like being in Shoreditch/Finnieston) unable to move below Crosshill, let alone below Maw-well.

So I swiftly rewrote the text and had Fiona, the Scottish electronic Word person, read it for me remotely. Prof. Robert Williams, always a pleasure, was my remote ‘Igor’ – thank you Robert. Introduced by the ever patient Jane Scarth, this happened way back when… 3rd March 2018, The Whitechapel, London.

In the future times, you will be able to listen to the gig here. In the mean time, here’s the title image of ‘Fiona’s’ talk, where I (she) attempted to connect Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, mad female scientists, Villeneuve’s Arrival and Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman, with eggs, aliens and alchemy.

You know, I think I’ve mentioned this already…What does that mean?

nou (2018)

nou (2018)

As you may have gathered, Peter (2014) has a partner and an opposite. Here’s a link to a 2 minute clip of my new video, nou (2018): nou clip.

nou (18 mins, 2018) – Inspired by Scottish socialist writer Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman, nou is a tale of space travel, hypnosis and transformation – across time and space, from an alien world to a dentist’s chair. nou is the sequel to Peter (2014), which won Best PKD Short Film at the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York, 2017.

nou was first shown at Glasgow International 2018, as part of the always exciting Old Hairdresser’s programme, Old Hair, curated by Rob Churm.

Sound design for nou was by the inimitable Mark Vernon.

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Thanks to Trish de Vries, Peter & nou comes in a web version.

Constantly evolving, never the same twice (though, technically, it could be the same twice, its just highly unlikely), frustrating, annoying and verging on the incomprehensible:

www.rabbitcottontoothcottonrabbit.com‘s domain name refers to a specific moment in time and space;a narrative used by a dentist to hypnotise a child, looping over and over and over…

You can actually watch both Peter (2014) and nou (2018) here. Plus all my other works pop up at some point, though that’s the least of it…

 

 

Peter & nou – the book(s)

Here’s my new publication, Peter & nou.

Matt and Jess at Good Press organised this and Matthew Walkerdine designed it too. It’s element heavy, with a sticker of a lab rat in a kaleidoscopic space/time traveling tunnel included for you, gratis. You’re welcome.

It comprises a book called Peter (like the film Peter, 2014), a book called nou (like the film nou, 2018), two postcards and an envelope – all in a beautiful box. The whole package echoes the dimensions of a DVD ‘boxset’ and if you post off your envelope, you get yet another book sent straight back to you. Well you will, when I get the gorgeous new return envelopes made up. Hang in there…

Get your copy now – a limited edition of only 250 – available from Good Press here.

ISBN: 978-1-9995858-0-8

Eggs and Aliens

You’d never know it, but…there has been action. Trapped in Glasgow by snow, I hastily re-wrote my contribution to this sold out event The Curios Society at the Whitechapel

(Saturday 3rd March, 3pm, Whitechapel), so that Eggs and Aliens was delivered by ‘Fiona’, the ‘Scottish’ digital Word voice, who, when slowed to somewhere between slow and normal, sounds almost exactly like me anyway. A totally subjective trip from the first Alchemist to alien abduction, via a female mad scientist, two linguist spacewomen and a picnic, Eggs and Aliens‘ images were gamely moved along by the non-digital flesh finger of Robert Williams.

So I missed in person, Robert’s excellent discussions of his work with Dion and the brilliant Kate Briggs’ talk about the alchemy of translation… But I’ve got an audio file – a treat for later today…

Huge thanks to Jane Scarth and the tech team of The Whitechapel for the massive effort and for agreeing to let Fiona speak in the first place.

Fiona’s better than I am at pronouncing ouroboros anyway.

“Assembling on the first three Saturdays of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural WorldThe Curios Society meets to investigate the weird and wonderful, the unlikely and impossible. 

Alchemy can describe a philosophical tradition, an esoteric practice, a way of thinking and at times, an artistic methodology.

We meet artists Robert WilliamsKate Briggs and Jane Topping to explore ideas of the alchemical in art. From transmutation in translation to the figure of the alchemist in popular film cultures, this talk charts a course through the mysteries and cultural intersections of alchemy.”

From the Whitechapel website.

 

A new thing, finally made…

…all part of a larger thing still underway, ready for a showing at Glasgow International later this year. Because of that, there’s no title as yet, but think of Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman, rabbits and a trip to the dentist and you may as well take the evening off come April.

Watch it here.

 

Blade Runner on the Stairs

Watch this little Hospitalfield moment here.