An experiment into collaborative exploration


Hello, I’m Dave

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” - Grace Hopper

I’ve been working with interactive, time based visual art in public, private and virtual spaces since 1999 and strive to make work that inspires expression; the use of art as a tool for social change or something simply beautiful to gaze upon or think about.  I’d like to think that some of what I do inspires people to make the world a better place for themselves and others through collaboration, the sharing of ideas, experimentation and technology.

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.” - Bashō Matsuo

I have always been fascinated by the fusion new and old technologies, methods and processes.  This often takes the form of expanded cinema meeting interactive installation and devices.  I am a practicing projection bomber (guerilla outdoor projection) & currently working on a series of projections from moving vehicles and the theoretical possibilities of large scale interactive installation.

“Why, sometimes I‘ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”         Alice’s Adventrues in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll 

My current areas of research are in non-lethal weapons, mind hacks, open source forms of technological gesture based expression.  Collaboration is core to my practice and shown by the diverse range of clients and people I work with including: Musicians, Composers, Writers, Illustrators, Programmers, Scientists, Architects, Engineers, Sculptors and other film-makers.

“Play is underestimated” Steve Manthorp

A short video of work up to Jan 2011

 

Below are some of the projects in more detail with the links and a list of the collectives and collaborations.

Mobile Projections:

From camper vansrickshaws and soon a swan pedalo, I am creating a series of work exploring this medium of strapping a projector to a moving vehicle and using the passing architecture and natural scenery as a moving canvas.

Large scale light & projection installations:

From a light installations in the once largest room in the world and 20 storey cylindrical buildings to projections onto civic buildings and 90m high quarries, I have been exploring projection mapping techniques and have some very interesting collaborations and projects happening later in 2011.

Interactive Installations:
From open source infra-red graffiti – FriiSpray, to interactive gesture based portraiture, to collective story telling in special schools. I have been repurposing technology to explore expression and currently researching interactive programming.

Moving Image:
From documentaries, music videosmotion graphics, idents, film titles and stop frame/ 2D/ 3D animation. I have spent the last decade defining my style and approach to moving image influenced by direct cross over with the other elements of my practice and technology.

Performance:
I have performed over 360 live visuals shows at festivals, clubs, forests, markets, theatres since 1999 playing with names such as Valve Sound System, Roni Size, The Electric Dr M, Lemon D, Scratch Perverts, Cut Master Swift, Dizzee Rascal & more I can’t remember…

Collectives:

Jam Jar Collective:
We are a collective of makers, doers and designers with backgrounds in interactive programming, electronics and guerilla projection, we like to have fun with technology making projects such as FriiSpray – A open source infra red graffiti installation.

Digital Media Labs
By using major arts organisations to nominate artists,we aim to provide an annual platform for commissioning digital art through a intensive, residential media lab lead by industry professionals and artists.

Amorphous Orchestra 
Investigating the interaction between people, place and form. We specialise in interactive projection mapping & moving image via digital and analogue technique.

Exp24

We as a collective set to create a platform for discussion and showcase film and performance works at screenings across the North of the UK. We ran our experimental film lab based at East Street Arts in Yorkshire and devise and run workshops in shooting & developing super8 and 16mm film. [now expired march 2010]