BANG! CRASH! All change

BANG! CRASH! All change

We love our studio here at the Canal Warehouse but for the last year we’ve had a rather stinky problem. Calling an 18thC warehouse our home certainly has its benefits but around a year ago we discovered that one of our lovely exposed 200 year old brick walls had a problem. A leak…from the canal…into the studio. This has meant heaps of damp, mould and general mankiness. It has taken months of wrangling to get the problem seen to but finally some rather major renovations are taking place. We’ve had to condense everything in our unit into a fraction of its usual space – no workbench or build area for around two months while the building work goes ahead. As part of the process, however, we are expanding! We’ll be consuming another unit on the end of the building, which we’ll be turning into a print studio and additional area for workshops. This also means we’ll get more floor and wall space, running water (from a tap rather than through the wall hopefully) and another window! Aaaah, precious daylight. When we come out of the other side we’ll be working from nearly 1200 sq ft of space. We’ll be sure to update with the ‘after’ pics when it is all...
Virago LIVES

Virago LIVES

After a week of late nights and early mornings in the space, our new touring show ‘Virago’, a collaboration with Sonia Sabri Co, opened at mac on Saturday. This has been a complex creative journey, with a host of technical dilemmas and challenges. We are, however delighted with the final piece. You can get another chance to see the show at the Wolverhampton Arena on March 29th. Tickets and info here About the show: Virago is a new dance-digital solo production from Sonia Sabri, Artistic Director of SSCo, collaborating with Ludic Rooms. Virago is vibrant, compelling, brave and dynamic, exploring the light vs dark and the real vs fairytale versions of female existence. The work looks at female body image and in particular women’s complex relationship with their own bodies, teasing the audience with perceptions and misconceptions of the female and gender. Sonia’s unique ‘Urban Kathak’ language combines on stage with motion triggered digital art, alongside a sound-score combining spoken word and music, with rich and diverse influences: a cacophony of voices from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, representing and speaking to women worldwide, but appealing all of our humanity, regardless of gender and culture. The digital aspect is cutting edge and experimental, using image manipulation in a sensory dialogue with the live body. Nerdy tech notes: Virago features a setup of 17 custom built illuminated rocks that interact with the performer, in total made up of 352 dynamically controlled Neopixel RGB LEDs and controlled via a mesh network of 6 Arduinos. The show is run from a custom interface, built in Processing by the wonderful Dan Hett....
To tell a story

To tell a story

We’re very excited to announce that we are about to begin work on a new collaboration with Sonia Sabri Company to develop a new touring performance piece for 2017. The show, a co-production with The Old Rep and mac Birmingham, will be an exciting combination of contemporary Kathak and new technologies and will tour nationally after opening in March at mac in Birmingham. Ever keen to develop and grow new collaborations, we’re also excited to announce that we’ll be joined by Dan Hett as Associate Artist on the project. The process begins with a series of creative workshops next week in Birmingham and Bristol, including some time playing at Pervasive Media Studio with creative technologist David Haylock and the amazing RAM tools developed by...
Painting with Light

Painting with Light

This weekend we are at the Warwick Arts Centre Family Weekend doing free drop-in workshops with light painting. This is all part of our Random String partnership with the arts centre. We have all sorts of different LED lights for you to get creative with. Come down Saturday or Sunday any time from 10-5. You’ll get to leave with your own artwork in print, completely free. All the images can also be found at our Facebook...
Autumn adventures

Autumn adventures

This month we are lucky to be travelling all over, meeting new friends and playmates, checking out festivals and events and sharing the work we’ve been doing on the Random String Fellowship programme. We started in October with Dom & Susan making a flying visit to Amsterdam to check out the MediaLab at Cinekid. Great to see such a well established (and well supported!) festival in full swing, particularly with such a focus on participatory practice. In November, things start to get a little crazy: Nov 8th, doing our best to distract ourselves from the US election, we will be hosting a Pecha Kucha Night takeover at The Tin Music and Arts on the theme of Adventures in Art and Technology. Nov 9-13th, Susan & Paul will be heading north of the border to the NEoN Festival and Symposium in Dundee Nov 10-11th, Anne will be in Manchester for the Crafts Council Make:Shift innovation conference building our networks and looking at how we can get contemporary crafts better represented at Random String next year Nov 18th, Dom & Anne will be taking the RS Fellows down to Bristol to host a lunchtime talk at Pervasive Media Studio and catch up with our friends at Knowle West Media Centre If you are coming along to any of the above, please do drop us a line on us@ludicrooms.com or @ludicrooms in all the usual places. We like making...
Wandering Web Mk1 R&D

Wandering Web Mk1 R&D

This week Dom will be in residence at Daimler House, home of Imagineer Productions, working on R&D for ‘Wandering Web’, a new piece which will hopefully see full fruition in 2017.   Wandering Web is part participatory interactive art project, part giant rope-crafted spider’s web, part ouija board, part maypole dance. Or something like that. It aims to explore a way of connecting people on a journey where a web both connects them and determines their direction of travel through sonic and / or digital impulses. It will also involve learning lots of new knots.    There will be a presentation and playtesting session this Friday at 3pm. Free and open to all. For more details see http://www.imagineer-productions.co.uk/ Big thanks to Imagineer for stepping up to support this all important crystallising stage of the...