If you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of Bangor (Gwynedd, not Co. Down) over the next 3 months, then please consider calling in to Pontio, the new and exciting Arts & Innovation Centre. It’s an interesting place with lots of things going on, but in addition to those interesting things, you can see my new multi-media exhibition, Gwaddol, for free.
Gwaddol is a celebration of Theatr Gwynedd, the popular precursor to Pontio, built in 1974 and demolished in 2010. Here’s what I said about the exhibition when put on the spot with a voice recorder by Pontio’s marketing team:
“I admit to feeling a bit daunted when I was first approached about doing this, as it was clear from the outset what a clear sense of community there was around Theatr Gwynedd. There were so many people who knew each other, worked together, grew up together and one of the most interesting things for me was finding out these stories – these stories and people who had grown into local legends.
“I feel really warmly towards the place now, though I never went there myself, and it seemed there was lots of fun to be had there. So that was something I really wanted to come out in the exhibition. It’s all very well doing a very serious and sombre reflection of the history of Theatr Gwynedd, but from speaking to people who were involved with it, it really seemed as if it was a good, fun happy place so I wanted that to be reflected.
“Rather than a memorial, I wanted it to be a celebration which maybe triggers memories. I really hope that people who do know what Theatr Gwynedd did can connect with this – whether it’s one of their stories used for something, or they see an object and it reminds them of a good time they had there.”
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Hi there. I thought I’d better let you know that I’m no longer artist in residence at Oriel Wrecsam – that stopped back in March, but the lack of an update probably made it look like I’m still there. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to (not that you were, but if you were), check out the community cinema I started, and make sure you come to our next event on the 9th October: New Dot Cinema. Bye!
I forgot to tell you, but I’m currently Artist In Residence at Oriel Wrecsam, documenting and archiving the gallery before it moves out of its current location and into a temporary off-site phase.
Following all the latest developments on Twitter: /OrielWresidency.
I’m extremely proud to (belatedly) announce the opening of Something Happened, my first proper solo exhibition. It’s currently showing upstairs at Undegun, Regent Street, Wrexham as part of Oriel Wrecsam‘s Offsite programme.
Continuing my interest in automatism, chaos, light and sound, it references sporting rivalries, planetary systems, imperial Japanese court music and quantum mechanics, and features (amongst other things):
Approx 30 vintage West German paperclips
11 x 12″ mirror balls
8 x table-tennis balls
6 x 50W sub-woofers
4 x tennis balls
3 x oscillating desk fans
3 x 20W stereo amplifiers
2 x basketballs
2 x golf balls
2 x mini pool balls (numbers 11 & 12)
2 x slinky
2 x small glass bowls
2 x crash cymbals (1 Istanbul, 1 unbranded)
2 x Session Pro rack toms
1 x Hitachi V212 oscilloscope
1 x antique West German zither
1 x Akai 4000DS reel to reel tape recorder
1 x Technics SL-20 turntable
1 x Simda 3232 slide projector
A fragment of Larry Semon’s 1922 short film Golf (standard 8mm format)
A fragment of Gustav Holst’s The Planets (3 3/4 inch tape format – I forget which recording it is)
The likenesses of Robbie Savage and Lee Dixon.
Something Happened runs from 11 September – 4 October, and is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-4pm.
What’s more, it’s FREE!
Oriel Wrecsam Offsite
11 Regent Street
Big thanks to all at Oriel Wrecsam & Undegun, and Ronan Devlin for the loan of the power cables.
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I have two new solo exhibitions coming up, featuring all new work.
Something Happened is an oblique tribute to Roy Andersson, Stewart Lee, Studio 54 and the now defunct retail chain JJB Sports. It’ll take place at Oriel Wrecsam Off-Site throughout September. More details soon.
Gwaddol is being commissioned by Pontio, the wonderful new multi-purpose cultural centre in Bangor. It aims to bridge the gap between the now defunct Theatr Gwynedd, on whose foundations Pontio is being built, and the new centre, by sharing / collecting / exploring memories of the old theatre. This will likely be opening September / October time. Again, more details soon!
I’m back after a lengthy silence to announce an exciting live appearance. I’ll be creating a live underwater soundtrack to a short watery film in Bangor this Friday, 7th March. Yes, you heard: underwater!
WET SOUNDS is one of those events that you hear about happening in other parts of the world that makes you think ‘I wish I lived there so I could go to that’. The good news, especially if you’re reading this from a location that’s, say, less than an hour’s drive from Bangor (the one in north Wales), is that you can go this, provided of course that you’re not reading this after it’s already happened.
What is it? It’s an underwater alternative music performance in Bangor Swimming Pool. There are two separate sound spaces in the pool: one underwater, one above – you choose your own mix as you float on the surface or dive below. I’ll be there as part of an exciting new duo, I, Demons. I’ll be playing either above or below the water, and sound-fisherman Ed Wright will play either below or above accordingly. We will probably arm wrestle or play a word game to see who goes where.
Following us will be hot Welsh surf troupe Y Niwl. There will also be other music, some aquatic dancing, lots of swimming, floating and diving.
Friday 7th March 2014, 8pm
Bangor Swimming Pool
Bangor LL57 2SD
More details and ticket info at Bangor Sound City.