Monday, August 22, 2011

Artists’ Works for Urban Screens- films wanted

International Call: Artists’ Works for Urban Screens
DEADLINE: MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2011
Trampoline is seeking submissions from artists working with moving image
for exhibition as part of a touring programme for urban screens. The
work can derive from generative art, digital animation, net art,
performance for film, new media and short form, but must be presentable
as a single channel video piece.
We are looking for works that respond to and play with the architectural
qualities of urban screens as media surfaces and their relationship with
public space.
Pieces must be suitable for large, public screening effective without
sound up to 60 seconds in length (exceptions possible if appropriate)
Selected works will feature as part of an international touring
programme presented on public urban screens.
For more details and download of submission form and guidance notes,
please go to
http://trampoline.org.uk/
For more information contact
Mathew Trivett: mattrivett@radiator-festival.org

DEADLINE: MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2011

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Film maker wanted- £2000 budget

Filmmaker wanted
We are looking for a film maker to make a short film for gallery use (5 minutes) this October/November on Stanley Spencer and Leonard Stanley, (near Stroud where Spencer spent 2 years in 1939-40). Value of commission is £2,000. Details of the brief and notes on the painting can be found here . For queries please contact paul.mckee@cheltenham.gov.uk. Please send expression of interest to helen.brown@cheltenham.gov.uk by 19 September 2011.
http://www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk/Docs/Brief%20for%20film.doc


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Want to host a comedian in your Swansea home?

I was contacted by a Channel 4 prod company today asking us to find a Swansea family who want to be filmed in October.
They wrote:
Jack Whitehall is coming to Swansea with a new Channel 4 entertainment show and is looking for a local family to stay with.
Are you a fun-loving family, proud of your Welsh heritage? Do you think you can show Jack a good time?
Would you be willing to put our host up for the night and show him just how hospitable the people of Swansea really are?

If the answer is yes then we want to hear from you.

If you are interested, email paulo@undercurrents.org with your contact details, a family photo and the reasons why your household is the best.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Antics road show- tonight with Banksy

Undercurrents footage of the women who smashed a warplane with hammers and other various high profile direct action protests will be shown in Banksys first Channel4 show tonight. Our footage of Winston Churchill getting a Mohican is also included.
Watch 10.45pm tonight http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-antics-roadshow

Banksy's 'incomplete guide to total anarchy' provides a greatest hits of wayward behaviour, sedition and sabotage
Channel 4 Sat 13 Aug, 10.45PM

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Russel Brand on the riots

At least someone is talking sense about the riots unlike a lot of liberal people who suddenly turned right wing overnight (you know who you are!)

Russel Brand on the riots-
'Amidst the bleakness of this social landscape, squinting all the while in the glare of a culture that radiates ultraviolet consumerism and infrared celebrity. That daily, hourly, incessantly enforces the egregious, deceitful message that you are what you wear, what you drive, what you watch and what you watch it on, in livid, neon pixels. The only light in their lives comes from these luminous corporate messages. No wonder they have their fucking hoods up.'
Read the full article on
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/11/london-riots-davidcameron


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Photoshoppers take on the looting


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Launching Swansea Telly today

We were in Castle Square in Swansea today launching an online video channel for the City today. We gave away 100 cakes with the Swansea Telly logo on them and 100 mousemats with the logo and website so all good fun. We showed loads of videos on the big Screen in the square too. Watch the videos on http://swanseatelly.org/

BBC did a report too choosing a compilation of some of the videos from Swansea Telly. Watch and read it here

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Evening Post: Video channel is set for switch-on

The South Wales Evening Post wrote a piece about the launch of the video channel for Swansea we have created with 4 other video groups here in Swansea.

STEPHEN Fry talking briefly about Swansea's Viking links, a how-to guide to jewellery making, wedding footage, a critique of Swansea Film Festival and some very freaky grass in Singleton Park — a new video channel launched by Undercurrents sees people posting snippets and items of local interest, with a launch event going ahead tomorrow in Castle Square.

Some of the Swansea Telly clips will be shared on the Big Screen for the launch, from 12noon until 2pm, and they are also on show at www.swanseatelly.org

The items screened on the channel have been produced as part of a digital inclusion project to get older people, the recently unemployed and others to create and produce online content on issues that interest them, with workshops going ahead throughout the year covering computer skills, film production, digital photography and other topics.

Young people's views on issues, funny footage, people's bugbears and more are there to see, too.Undercurrents, based at the Environment Centre in Swansea's Pier Street, specialises in films about social, political and environmental issues and related campaigns.
Read more

News Wales also reported the launch so read it here

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How to do a street report on a mobile phone

Mark Stone from Sky news grabbed his mobile phone and made an instant report within the London riots. It is an example of how citizen journalists can capture events with the most basic of equipment.


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Free Cake for launch of new online video channel in Swansea

Free Cake in Swansea
Undercurrents will be helping to launch a new online video channel for Swansea
tomorrow (Wednesday August 10th). Free cake, mouse mats and keyrings will be
handed out for free so come and meet the people behind the new channel. A
selection of videos will be played on the Big Screen in Castle Square from Noon
til 2pm. All welcome
http://swanseatelly.org/



Mainstream media coverage has begun with a report on News Wales.
http://www.newswales.co.uk/?section=Education&F=1&id=22075

Meanwhile Potential local TV locations revealed
Sixty five towns and cities are in the running to pioneer the UK’s first local television services.Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today announced the areas which have been identified by Ofcom as suitable for local TV.

A map has been published today detailing areas across the UK from Aberdeen to Plymouth and Londonderry to Norwich which can make the case to enjoy the service.
“These new local TV services will be a fundamental change in how people get information about their own communities and how they hold their representatives to account,” Mr Hunt said. “There’s a huge appetite for local news and information in communities the length and breadth of the country. I want people to be able to watch television that’s truly relevant to them.”

The first licences will be open to bidders in just a few months and a consultation has been published today asking the potential towns and cities why they think they should be among the first selected to bid for a local TV licence. It is expected that the initial list will be narrowed down to about 20 contenders for the first set of licences before the end of the year.

The Government is also seeking views from potential multiplex operators asking them which locations they think will make their model a success.

Mr Hunt will hold a series of summits around the country in the next few weeks to discuss these issues and how local TV could provide a valuable service in different communities.

The framework for local TV, published last month and currently being consulted on, confirmed that a block of geographic interleaved (GI) spectrum will be awarded to a single multiplex licence holder, which will carry local services licensed by Ofcom. The 65 areas were identified by Ofcom following a detailed analysis of towns and cities which have good GI spectrum coverage from existing transmitters.
http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/8379.aspx


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Black people killed by Police- a video

This is a video we made for Undercurrents back in 1995. Looking at the riots in London shows that little has changed except peoples response when Police shoot dead another black man


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Monday, August 08, 2011

Quote of the day


Things got a bit out of hand & we'd had a few drinks. We smashed the place up and Boris set fire to the toilets

David Cameron, Oxford University. 7th June 1986

Apparently in the Oxford Book of Quotations.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Yodel couriers are so crap

One week ago today I ordered 3 x i-Phones for our staff. They were supposed to be delivered by Yodel Couriers last Friday.

A week later I am still waiting- excuses have ranged from not being able to find our office (no other courier has a problem) to turning up after office hours and wondering why no-one is answering...Doh!
I have emailed them for explanations and I still haven't got a reply- phoning them does little good either. So today speaking to the Carphone Warehouse, they have stated that they are also having loads of problems with Yodel and are ending their contract with the crap courier.
I am not alone either..a quick search finds other tales of woe.First called Home Delivery Network then rebranded as “Yodel” because of complaints.They bought DHL Domestic last year so they can be big and crap at the same time.So moral of the story is - if you need a courier don't use Yodel

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Security firm out of control at festival

Citizen Journalists leapt into action at this years Secret Garden Party when private security attacked a festival goer.

Male and female security attacking journalists and festival goers. Some trying to seize cameras and others tackling people to the ground.


A spokesperson for the Secret Garden Party
‘It has come to SGP’s attention via Social Media that a group of people are
distributing a video online which implies misconduct by our current security
company. As with any allegation of this type we will be investigating
further and liaising with the company and the police to see if there is any
substance to this, taking action accordingly. We take any accusations very
seriously indeed, as the welfare of all our Gardeners is paramount, and will
review the situation on evidence presented. We have invited this group to
meet and discuss their issues but have met with no response thus far’

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Want to write to Johnnie Marbles- the Murdoch pie thrower??

Get your pen out and give him your thoughts


Jonathan May-Bowles,
Prison Number, A3728CF,
HMP Wandsworth,
Heathfield Road
Wandsworth
SW18 3HS.

His friends say: 'Write big on lots of sheets of paper cos paper is what he'd like. He's "fine, doing great". Been visited by his Dad. People in there are being nice to him. He gets on well with his cellmate. Someone even asked him to sign their copy of the Sun. But I'm sure he'd still like to hear from his mates.'


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This way of life

This Way of Life - Director: Thomas Burstyn - An unusual family -- Peter and Coleen Karena and their six children -- try to lead a 'natural,' self-sufficient life in New Zealand's rural, rugged Ruahine Mountains.


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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

On Al Jazeera on Thursday evening

Al Jazeera has picked up on the film we made using the hidden video camera inside an Israeli prison.

They want the 2 women for their programme, The Stream, a social media community with its own daily television program. They focus a lot on social media activism and the role it plays in bringing about change. On the program they include real time tweets and facebook questions that are posed to the guests. The program airs from 1915GMT-2015GMT Monday-Thursday reaching 250 million homes in over 89 countries worldwide.

An exciting development in raising awareness of the issues surrounding Palestine

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Antics road show- pranksters

Undercurrents are busy supplying archive images for The Antics Roadshow.
Part of Channel 4's Street Summer season. The Antics Roadshow is a celebration
of the pranksters, hoaxers, jokers, activists and stunt merchants who use
public space for their own unauthorised ends. This film brings together a wide
range of individuals with all sorts of motivations: but they have all hijacked
the public arena to make a noise, be it for comedic, artistic or political
ends, and they have all done so using a variety of illicit, and eccentric
methods which an audience should probably not try at home.
TX: Saturday 13th August, Channel 4
http://www.channel4.com/info/press/programme-information/the-antics-roadshow

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Hidden video camera inside Israeli prison



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Eco-open day in Pembroke


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