It’s been almost a year since our last post, a year which saw our work on the BBC and at the Barbican, opening Hastings Pier and closing the 950th anniversary of 1066 celebrations, we’ve been busy so far this year too focusing on working on subject matters and for organisations providing information and support for betterment as well as receiving 3 big commissions.
Over the last 9 months we’ve also started working in VR as well as:
• another SOLD OUT New Years Eve party
• We filmed and edited a fascinating series of 23 interviews including Radio4’s Shelia Dillon and author, analyst and co-director of the New Weather Institute Andrew Simms with The Food Systems Academy for a module on Food Ethics for Lancaster University
• We did a 3d animation to promote Enlightened Agriculture for The Campaign for Real Farming
• Animations for The Swingrowers ‘Butterfly’ video
• Documenting a Cardboard Citizens project in Hastings at Seaview homeless charity
• Animating an app store ad for gay social media network Blued
• Held another Pop up TShirt shop featuring 4 new designs from us 14 other artists at the launch of Hastings America Ground Independents Day which we instigated and oversaw
• Film maker/ Artist Andrew Køttings asked us to art direct/ design and produce the end title sequence for his next film Lek and the Dogs, commissioned by the BFI and premiering at The London Film Festival in December 2017
• Artwork for Riz Maslen’s first Neotropic album in 7 years ‘The Absolute Elsewhere’
• Stage design and building for the first Burning Heart Festival
• Created Hastings largest public art piece ‘WaveLength’
The next few months are set to be interesting which ever way our path takes us. stay tuned.
We are honored to have been given the task of creating the closing event for the Root1066 Contemporary Arts Festival in Hastings on Oct 16th. We are in the process of creating something unique to end the month long series of events marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, our only brief was to present something ‘forward looking’. We decided to use one of Hasting’s newest buildings, one which will have a major impact on the town over the coming years, the largest underground Skate and BMX park in the world, Source Park. The park is 65m in length, was once a Victorian Baths and not without its challenges but we have assembled an amazing group of musicians, artists, technicians and engineers to collaborate with us in a sequence of experiments utilizing the space in distinctive ways. This will be a ‘Work in Progress’. Tickets are FREE but LIMITED you can get yours HERE.
Saturday Oct 1st BBC2 aired an hour long special featuring the incomparable Kate Tempest performing her new extended poem ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’. We worked with Art Director Harris Elliot and Content Director Manny Bonnet contributing animations to the presentation, some original work and others adding subtle movement to photo montage artist Peter Kennard’s iconic imagery. An edit of our contribution is coming soon and you can catch the full show on BBC iplayer HERE.
We were recently commissioned, by start up company Bee Potion, to design a Bee for their range of skin care and beauty products all derived from honey, pollen and wax. Company CEO Katharine Slater had seen our Moths around Hastings and wanted us to create an icon for Bee-Potion in a similar vein. We’ve also designed the bottle labels for the brand, more on that when they hit the streets.
We’ve just completed work on a short documentary about the ‘META’ project we did with Cardboard Citizens from January through to March. The short film details how the project came about and its effects on the audience and cast members. You can view further info and watch both the documentary and our visual work for the project HERE.
Our time is up – nature, time and the public have all taken their toll and intervened with the artwork in Bottle Alley, it’s reached the Point of Decay and the restoration of the walkaway has begun. We went back to document the remains you can view the images and read about the project here.
We’ve just completed work on the third and final design for BBE records signee Ghostchant, the last single to be released from his debut album ‘Sincerity’ in March. You can view the covers as a collection here.
A review of Andrew Kötting‘s film By Our Selves, now on limited general release, features in the November 2015 edition of Sight and Sound magazine. Andrew asked us to contribute to the film in a number of ways and shared some of the early cuts of the film with us, we did the initial titles/ 30 seconds of comping/ a triptych portrait of Andrew as a Straw Bear for an installation presentation of the film and contributed prints to the Kickstarter campaign, all tiny pieces of the bigger picture but we’re very proud to have played a small part in such a stunningly beautiful thing. This review also gives us our first BFI Filmography listing.
We were once again asked to create the opening event for, Hastings and St.Leonards Arts Festival, Coastal Currents this year and set out to change the communities thinking on a unique public walk way that bridges the two districts called Bottle Alley. We created a half a kilometre long exhibition featuring commissioned works by 16 local artists on 4 sided columns that frame the view of the sea from the shoreline. On August 29th we held a two hour event which opened the festival, and exhibition, with a champagne reception featuring live music from The Rayner Hess Trio and a colour wash down the length down the length of the space with over 1.5k people in attendance, tripling last years audience. More info here..