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The Oddballs will inherit the Earth [Draft / Extract / WIP]

The Oddballs will inherit the Earth [Draft / Extract / WIP]

The oddball tended to lurk best in corners, lank frame fitted well into dark urban alleys framed like Nosferatu in the shadow of the night. He was skeletal and bone, a mess of contradictions and confusions. He skulked around late at night looking for answers, an unholy ancient fire burned in his mind, burned for an answer to an unknowable questions, revelling in disorder. A student of Neo-Nihilism – The church of the infinite nothing, he jeered, he sneered he rattled and railed. A circle in a world of squares, bent double against the lamppost he stomped his way down the concrete streets to get back to his flat, half cut from the 6 beers he’d drank on the way back from his work downtown, now stumbling autopilot style back to the mess he called home.

Stumbling up the rusty metal staircase, his vision blurring he arrived at this flat, turned the key and fell like a rock onto his bed, the world turning and whirring, his mind in some sort of swirling vortex. Memories churned and danced in his minds eye, his youth, his loves, his losses, his pitiful moments, his self despair, his bullshit.

And eva, she got in there too. She always did, at times like these when he was alone, she was never far from his thoughts, the ghost at the membrane just waiting for a chance to break the skin. “Not now” he thought as he turned off his light and stumbled into a dark and numb sleep of nothing.

A roaring digital screech pieces nothingness and the Oddball’s eyes slowly open, he lifts himself up in a daze, looks around his room and groans, throwing a book at the alarm system on the other side of his room, “Fuck off!” He shouts. “Command Not recognised” replies the alarm AI”, “Stop Alarm” shouts Oddball, louder this time. “Goddammit, you fucking thing” he whispers silently under his stinking hungover breathe, before falling back into a deep slumber once more, to be swallowed in the mire of his own mind.

Then in a large room, a machine mantis staring down, long tendrils extending out from it’s mechanical insectoid form as it’s beady LED eyes look down at the Oddball and it’s disgusting mechanical mouth begins to move – “Oddball, we have searched our records and found you are in dire need of a reprogramming, you believe yourself to be a humanoid in the year 2060, in the city of Berlin. We must perform a cranial re-adjustment to fix this, so prepare fo…”

BOOM

The impact is so loud the whole neighbourhood is woken up by it, the impact blast reverberating though the street, Oddball jumps up from his bed, a look of wild confusion on his face as he stumbles for his glasses in the early morning light. “What!!! What! Was that!!?” he thinks in a hungover haze.

He rushes to his flat window and peers over, and then there on the other side of the street he sees a car smouldering and burning, horrified onlookers gathered round. Two people inside the car seems to be burning, and it all starts playing out in Oddball’s head in slow motion, the licking flames dance like some macabre spirit had possessed them, the burning flesh like some devil’s dance though the street, demonic and dire. Death Masks of shock and horror line the faces of the gathering crowd.

Oddball returned to his bed and grabbed his notepad, time to write he thought, he had to document this down, keep a record of this moment, and cynically he thought perhaps he could get that first published article out there with an account of an event like this, he grabbed his pen and notepad, hurriedly got dressed and ran out the front door.

“realty re-adjustments, you’ll experience a few strange events whilst we reset yourrr…”

Oddball rushes out into the street and observes the scene around him, woman men and children’s gather outside, with looks of shock and disgust. He grabs his pen from his black shirt and starts to scribble down notes, “What are you doing” a voice suddenly says to his right, “I’m…I’m writing” he says turning to see a woman with dark hair and sunken sullen eyes, staring deep into the flames, the light dancing off her strong features. “Why?” she retorts, “Why bother?” “They’ll keep on destroying regardless of how much we write against them, these mechanical Mantis fucks!, heartless beasts of our reason.” “Umm ok if you say so” Oddball says looking away from her and returning to his notepad. “Didn’t you hear me? Write that down in your little notepad!” Oddball beginning to feel nervous slowly edged away. “Do you know what happened here?” Oddball asks, “Why ask that question, when I just answered it? It’s the Mantis folk man. They’re responsible for all this terror, all this horror. You hear me, there were kids in that car man, senator of the state, wife two kids, now burning because our government can’t negotiate with the problem we all created”. Oddball just nods, his gaze returning to the burning husk of the car down the road as the security service bots mechanistic Mantis drone engines produce a loud abrasive buzz as they hover down the street, spraying water onto the burning car carcass. Take it all in he thinks, hurriedly scribbling down more notes.

“main system core, but don’t worry the flashes will stop eventually whilst we reboot your primary functions, so just remain calm”

“I’m sorry I didn’t quite catch your name” Mumbles Oddball to the young dark haired woman “Eva” she responds, Oddball freezes for a second in shock, ‘Eva?’ He thinks in frozen panic, before his rationale kicks in. “Are you from around here?” he enquires  “Yes I live just a up way Jackson Block, why?”, “Well, the thing is I’m a writer and I’m looking to get some accounts of today’s bombing, did you see much before it happened?” “Not much to be honest, I just heard the explosion and came out to check it out” Oddball scribes it down then asks “What makes you think the Mantis folk could be involved in this? Don’t you trust AI?” “Nah man, call me old fashioned if you like but I prefer when we didn’t put so much power into the hands of these tin cans, like where is it leading you know? People say I’m paranoid and a luddite but how clever are those things you know? I don’t trust them”, “Hmm” Retorts Oddball “but when has there ever been a recorded incident of a Mantis flipping out? Don’t you think it more likely to be some sort of political attack?, a bit of old fashioned organic vs organic violence, I mean if the Neo-Nihilists have taught me anything, it’s that if there is one thing you can trust us humans on, it’s ultra violence in the pursuit of powe…” “Look Dude. that’s my opinion you can take it or leave it but I gotta be places ” and with that Eva strolls away into the distance, turning for a few seconds as she crossed the road and glancing with her sullen sad eyes to the sky. She strangely reminded Oddball of her, but he knew it could not be so.

Mercer IDM Mix

Mercer IDM Mix

A live audiomulch session taking you on a journey into a future world in space. Both an inviting and chaotic place. Cold, futile and machine ridden.

A mix of several different tracks of mine and some samples all mulched up on audiomulch to create an atmospherics journey into inner space.

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.

Mindscape Extracts

Mindscape Extracts

An audiovisual presentation of a series of drawings done in 2014

Part 1 : Madness
This section is full of images that explore my drawings which relate to states of madness or dark states of mind. The music used is a recent improvisational pieces produced using Audiomulch software.

Pieces:
Self Portrait : Mad Haired man
The Reluctant God
The Anonymous Patient
Red and Black (Physic Landscape)
Shadow Man

Part 2:The Dark Feminine
Images of dark femininity with soundtrack by Naturemagnet – a musical band I am in, track is called Brainjar

Pieces:
Breakdown Corridor
Obscene Machine
Miss Babylon (Ward 666)
Part 3: The poets and the Dreamers
Portraits of dreaming souls , music if poetry in small Places by my solo project BrokenGod, from my latest EP Deadstar 0

Pieces:
Closing Time
The Poet
Vampyr
Sophie
The muse she waits by the tree

Part 4: The Visionaries
Closing the extracts off with some portraits of people both known and unknown and a final self portrait

Pieces:
Becca Smith – Poet , Dreamer, Sage, Artist
Mindful Combustion
Ben Nield – The Anima Animus Egg
Seeing Red – The Artist (Self Portrait)

Funny Philosopy – New YouTube Video series on Philosophy and ideas

Funny Philosopy – New YouTube Video series on Philosophy and ideas

Funny Philosophy

Funny philosophy is a partly serious partly lighthearted video series I have started on YouTube exploring a variety of philosophical ideas from a personal and fact based perspective. I cover everything from the pessimism of Nihilism in 20th century though and the history of Modern art, and all in 20 minutes! It’s basically a quick romp though various ideas which I try to inject with a bit of sardonic humour. Enjoy.

Episode List

 

Basic Web Design – Lesson 1 HTML

Basic Web Design – Lesson 1 HTML

A 36 minute short project for beginners covering making a CV using HTML

This lesson (HTML) covers core concepts of HTML as well as a tutorial on how to create and write basic html for a CV.

CC (Creative Commons) so please if you so wish use as an educational resource.

Patreon donations gratefully received at https://www.patreon.com/noirvortex

Visual Code Download Link
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Subjects covered:
Concepts – 0:00 to 8:45
What is HTML?
HTML5 and introduction to concept of CSS
Introduction to the concept of content and presentation
Commonly used tags
How to structure an initial Index.html file (and file formats)

Coding Tutorial : 8:48 – end
Guided video Tutorial showing how to create a basic CV .html file

Sourcecode here (but try coding it yourself first!!) https://github.com/drnoir/Basic-Web-D…

HTML history –
https://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/boo…

W3C
https://www.w3schools.com/html/