The Permanent Distraction

Part 1

Allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession. Stop motion video.

See, I found this massive IKEA framed poster of Charles Bridge leaning next to a bin and nabbed it. I had mentioned my nostalgic fondness of fuzzy felt to Chantelle G. and if I remember correctly she said something about making fuzzy felt animation; that or a 5 metre square fuzzy felt masterpiece. Anyboo...

I immediately saw the pilfered picture as a possible back drop to a two dimensional stop motion film.

I snipped and chopped and cut up a few free Bila and Lidl shopping magazines and in one short morning of unplanned child's play voila...

Here were my very first two tests.

test 1 - Wonder Woman

test 2 - Picnicked

Very rough but very exciting for me.

Then I thought "Ooh, I have toys!" Hello 3D.

This tidy, sprawling, compact, infinite combination of collage, sound and storytelling suddenly seems like some magical Pandora's Box that's been sitting under my nose since I first fell in love with T.V.

The delight in finding sound bites, sound effects and making music for these short film projects is such a thrill. Doing this particular type of work just makes you feel like it is you who is discovering every camera trick and mood making secret for the first time.

There is visual collage as well as sound collage, iconic pop references obscure cultural homages and sheer clumsy three dimensional abstract poetry.

I am keeping it all very simple and intend to keep it as fun and uncomplicated as I can.

I have chosen to reveal these small films once a week for 33 weeks on Instagram and Facebook in much the same way as I did my daily 333 20'' by 20'' images.

Look out for these films on the Elpsis Boo channel on YouTube and on my Instagram and FB pages.

Part 2

Speaking of Elpsis Boo, I have been concentrating quite a lot of my time on my fourth experimental novel, BILD the WA which plays a large part in Alt*Art society's future Prague Threshold project.

I have drooled, dribbled, spat and tossed wee snippets at local poetry readings such as Literary Lavatory and Alchemy. These events continue to grow in popularity and talent. Dog bless the guys who run these things. Martin Rozbroj and Ken Nash.

I am also excited to have recently discovered and made acquaintance with the creators of Alienist magazine/book/zine; an anarchist, Dadaist, avant garde, experimental, political, poetic tome of thought provoking, literary petrol bombs. Inspiring stuff. Thank Dog also for Interior Ministry.

Next time I will leak some of the literature from my work in progress, BILD the WA.



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