Category: Art

Mercerism – Uroboros in Revolution [Short Film Project]

Mercerism – Uroboros in Revolution [Short Film Project]

Uroboros in Revolution

Uroboros in Revolution is a short film I have edited and compiled from a variety of media sources including film, images of fractals and math equations, historical documentary and interview footage, archive footage and animation from popular  underground media to help detail and animate a journey exploring humanities collective and individual interpretations of death, rebirth, and life itself.

From the horrors of the battlefield to the joy of discovery, down into the infinite eye of a blackhole, and the hell of a bad acid trip gone full fractal one poor soldier didn’t want or ask for. Uroboros in Revolution explores though music and imagery our very human quest to understand ourselves, the Cosmos we live in and our place in it, in a world that seems to makes less and less sense by the day.

It is sequentially divided into 9 parts and will be shown alongside an installation by multi-disciplinary artist Becca Smith, who is the artist I have working in collaboration with, producing the sections as a starting point to work from and also whom also informed and gave me ideas for much of the source material.

So thanks due to her, and visit the show as it will be a great opportunity to view the piece in situ with Becca’s Alter installation.

Details here – http://www.thetunnel-art.co.uk/portfolio/mercerism/

Sections of ‘Uroboros in Revolution’

  • 1 Battles [0:00 to 6:05]
  • 2 Cremation Grounds [6:07 to 9:34]
  • 3 Electricity [9:35 to 14:18]
  • 4 Black Hole [14:20 to 17:03]
  • 5 The Circuit [17:05 to 20:10]
  • 6 Hands [20:12 to 23:50]
  • 7 Horses [ 23:51 to 26:40]
  • 8 The Mountain [26:43 to 29:30]
  • 9 Eternal Return [29:31 to 32:34]

The music used throughout is by composer Kei Engel, a wonderful Russian composer I discovered though the freemusicarchive website and who I insist you visit now for some truly spellbinding classical / post rock music.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/

A History of The Tunnel

A History of The Tunnel

 

The Tunnel is an arts group I co-founded a few years ago now, this is our history compiled by Artist Mat Tudor

That’s me that is

Description

A collective based in London composed of artists, poets and theorists. Involved in exhibitions and projects in formal exhibition spaces, disused shops, garages and warehouses. Each exhibition uses either a piece of text(literature,poetry, philosophy) or film(feature, documentary) as a base and then the work orbits around this to create a structure of ideas.

History and Origins

The group was founded in October 2014 by Mathew Tudor as a gallery project based in Vyner St in Bethnal Green, London involving twelve artists engaged in experimental exhibitions. The space was also used as a meeting place to discuss art and as a working environment for some of the artists involved. There was much debate within the group as to the direction of the gallery which inevitably led to conflicts. Two opposing groups developed one that wanted a traditional gallery and the other that wanted a base for ideas. This volatile situation caused six members of the group to abandon the project. This did not destroy the morale of the remaining artists but merely hardened their resolve to continue developing their ideas and to create the platform or base that was originally proposed.
However the space was forced to close after just four brief months of existence due to the rapid redevelopment taking place in London at the time.

Second Phase

In February 2015 the remaining members of the collective (now just five people) involved themselves in a long debate as to the future. It was decided to continue as a constantly evolving collective project. The main instigators of this new phase where Mathew Tudor, Chris Paul Godber and Jessica Ballantyne. The first exhibition was to take place in March of that year entitled Nostalghia. The exhibition was designed to restore the confidence of the damaged group and prevent the dispersal of its remaining members.At regular intervals throughout the remainder of the year more exhibitions took place. During this time the group grew rapidly to a total of 31 members.

Third Phase

Manifesto’s

In September of 2015 three members of the group, Jamie Stanton, Chris Paul Godber and Mathew Tudor collaborated on a manifesto. The main thrust of the text was to be a critique of consumer culture and the development of the concept of restoring art to prominence in the 21st century. Over the course of the next few months the text went through many revisions until a final draft was ready for presentation to the group in March 2016. After a debate involving several members of the group it was agreed that the Manifesto would be a constantly evolving project with contributions from other members.
Chris Paul Godber, Mathew Tudor, Genevieve Leavold, Ashley Chapman and Jamie Stanton became the main theorists of the evolving group.

 Watch Full Manifesto here 

Fourth Phase

Politics

The results of the EU Referendum of the 23rd of June 2016 proved to be a turning point for the group. The left wing artists felt they could no longer be detached from the society they were living in, and decided to go into a more politicised direction, the beginning of this was the Hunger exhibition which was an uneasy mixture of politics and literature and to some extent reflected the cultural and political turmoil created by the proposed break from europe. It was decided that the creation of a more politicised group would be inadvisable and that the literary focus should remain intact. Political ideas could express themselves in themes rather than the motivation for each individual artist.

 

Landscapes of the Mind

During group discussions it became apparent that an extreme form of individualism was of paramount importance to us. And that art existed as a vehicle for the most pure expression of the self and it was this that was the most genuine reaction against the grey conformity of nationalism.

Otto Dix

Publications

The Tunnel publishes a zine at regular intervals throughout the year, and members also publish their own texts under The Tunnel name.

Members

Mathew Tudor
Chris Godber
Jamie Stantonian
Lauren Mele
Jessica Ballantyne
Julie Ann
Genevieve Leavold
Mark Rathmell
Robin Tomens
Jane Pearett
Alicia Roy
Mervyn Diese
Robyn Litchfield
Rebecca Smith
Elena Dimitrova
Tony Berkman
Monika Tobel
Ashley Chapman
Junko Rathmell

Exhibitions
Waterstones Gower Street. March-April 2017.
Hunger. September 2016.
Interzone. May 2016.
The Waste Land. March 2016.
Bang! November 2015.
Metamorphosis. September 2015.
The Outsider. July 2015.
Nostalghia. March 2015.
Rosetta. December 2014.
Project Space Launch. November 2014.

Current members

Mathew Tudor
Jessica Ballantyne
Chris Paul Godber
Jamie Stantonian
Alicia Roy
Monika Tobel
Mark Rathmell
Mervyn Diese
Julie Ann
Elena Dimitrova
Robyn Litchfield
Rebecca Smith
Genevieve Leavold
Matthew Randle
Lauren Mele
Tracie Angiolini
Tony Berkman
Robin Tomens
Jane Pearett
Ashley Chapman

Exhibition History

Project Space Opening. November 2014.
Rosetta. December 2014.
Nostalghia. May 2015.
The Outsider. July 2015
Metamorphosis. October 2015.
Bang. November 2015.
The Waste Land. March 2016.

Rapid Website development using Bootstrap Template

Rapid Website development using Bootstrap Template

Website : www.chrisgodberart.co.uk 

Rapid Website Application 

A website created quickly in one night as an exercise in rapid web development to showcase some of my art using a responsive and accessible Bootstrap Template that I then customised with my own content, as well as adding some JQuery for a lightbox options to display some paintings and drawings.

UI 

I wanted the website UI to emphasise a strong bold visual that is easy and also fast to navigate so I using an existing bootstrap template here https://startbootstrap.com/template-overviews/stylish-portfolio/ which was based around responsive design and showcasing creative work.

Advantages of using Boostrap in rapid app / website dev 

This saved me the effort of having to create a lot of responsive classes and sped up the process of creating layout classes (one of the main advantages of using the bootstrap framework for quick prototyping and web design) whilst still presenting my work in an interesting way that is led by visual design and minimising text bloat (Which I consider important for showcasing visual art, to me personally nothing more offputting than a text heavy artist site with no pics of their work….)

I decided to also incorporate a video I did a few years ago of being interviewed about my artwork to make the website even more visual and interactive in a sense and to add a nice element of additional media.

It is simple in design and execution , and Bootstrap is often very useful for rapidly creating interfaces given it’s modular pre-defined classes / components / JS library and  grid system.

Advice on getting started with Bootstrap 

I think the best way to get started with it, is to build a simple website layout from scratch as opposed to building with templates at first, to get familiar with the CSS / Grid System and JS / JQuery functionality as well as directory structures. But it’s definitely is useful for rapid application building to use a template if you are tied for time, and still achieve a nice result without compromising quality design / visual aesthetic and responsiveness / cross browser compatibility.

Download Bootstrap here: http://getbootstrap.com/