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.
After the success of our New Years eve party we set out to do a series of parties at significant points in the calendar where time shifts, and they’ve proved to be successful so far, each reaching capacity for the venue with great feedback. We started with ‘SPRING FORWARD‘ as the clocks went forward an hour, we celebrated the Solstice with ‘SOLSTISH‘ and now Summer is over, the clocks are going back an hour and the longer nights are upon us, we’re throwing a masked party to mark the next shift in time to Winter ‘HELLOWEEN – WHEN TIME REWINDS’. We have a special late night guest this time around, DJ JAPHY, who will be taking the dancefloor through the first dark hours of winter with the club suitably decorated for the eve of the eve of Hallloween. The flyers for the event, to be found around Hastings and St.Leonards, will be your mask for the night and tickets will be available HERE.
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.
2016 marks the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings and there are many related activities and events throughout the year in the town and surrounding area. The main focus of the festivities comes at the end of the summer, the ROOT1066 International Festival, which runs from September 3rd till October 16th. Festival Director Polly Gifford has commissioned us to create a closing event for the celebrations, for which we have chosen the recently opened Source Park, the worlds largest underground skate and BMX park, as the venue. We’re currently making plans and talking ideas through with collaborators in order to create A unique Work In Progress, the start of an ongoing wider work focusing on the Source Park. More info will be released over the next two months with hints as to what you might expect. Join us on October 16th from 6pm.
Having worked as the creatives for Hastings Pier Charity, since the restoration works began almost 4 years ago, we were invited to curate and direct the official Opening Day’s morning and afternoon entertainment for the expected 10,000 visitors, May 21st 2016.
We worked around the theme of the Pier’s, world famous, musical heritage with a good measure of tongue in cheek ‘traditional seaside fun’ thrown in. More details and images to follow.
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 HELD A SOLD OUT NEW YEARS EVE PARTY celebrating our 15th anniversary as ZEROH and the opening of The Printworks in the America Ground, Hastings. The party proved to be a huge success with us taking to the decks for 6 hours the first time in a club in nearly 10 years.
The 300 guests kept the dancefloor going strong all night long and we figured we’d do it a few more times throughout the year as the town seems to lack an open-minded dance event where people of any age can come together and just dance the night away. More info can be found here www.somethingunreal.com where you can sign up to the newsletter and find out about the next event and other events we dj at.
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..
Back in May we were approached by Lorna Crabbe and Tina Morris from Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings, with an invitation to curate and create a production for the opening night of the festivals 15th year, in the towns wonderful St.Mary’s in the Castle venue. Using the theme of a Dawn Chorus, inspired by specially commissioned feathered sculpture features by Kate Mccquire in the venues crypt, we invited Sound Artist and producer Riz Maslen aka Neotropic, vocal sculptor Jason Singh, baritone Le Gateau Chocolat and local choir leader Claire Hamill to take part in our interpretation of a Dawn Chorus. The night was deemed a massive success with the venue seeing its busiest night ever. More info and images from the evening are forthcoming.