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Local artists in Birmingham & Warwickshire

Some local, to Birmingham, talent prints by artists, with a focus in my case on items that are surreal, abstract, or use something similar to collage. These are photos from a Christmas Market in Birmingham. The artist, Steve Woodhams, uses a method called giclée to produce these abstract works. Giclée, pronounced g-clay [1], is a…

Holograms, Digital Ghosts

Holograms are a common concept in science fiction books and films, these are a open air light projection of a two or three-dimensional graphic. A Real History Actual holograms of a form were conceived in 1974 by Dennis Gabor [1] (p.223), a Hungarian engineer and physicist who experimented with projections of light. In theory he…

Exploration of Surrealism Through Cross-Media

What is Surrealism? The Oxford English Dictionary (concise, new 10th edition, revised) defines Surrealism as, “a 20th century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.” Tate art gallery [1] expands upon this as: “Surrealism aims to revolutionise…

A replacement for greenscreen?

Greenscreen and bluescreen (the latter less commonly used) has been around for quite a while and used in many many film and TV productions. Everything from a view through a window to moving pictures used in picture frames and newspapers in the Harry Potter films through to transposing actors into largely computer generated environments such…

Accidental surrealism and horror

This spooky picture was taken by a friend who noticed this eerie reflection in her window. The effect is like some bipedal humanoid creature with the beak of a predatory bird wearing big aviator goggles but the face is eyeless, the goggles over non-existent eyes. Adjacent to this spectral form is an second unidentifiable humanoid…

Surrealism: the art of abstract

Surrealist Gallery The Surrealist Art Gallery [1] is, as indicated by the title, an online collection of Surrealist artworks. I was graciously given permission by the gallery to include these pieces as reference. They are quite a bizarre range, Tilly Morris’ artwork [2] for example has a bubble-like appearance with distorting coloured or white outlines…

Monty Python: Terry Gillam’s Cut-out Animation

Terry Gillam was one of the cast of Monty Python, who produced the television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus from 1969 to 1974 (45 episodes, 4 series) [1]. The series consisted of a string of short comedy sketches and Gillam was also an animator who produced a series of bizarre animated segments. Gillam used cut-outs…

Changing Reality

When you hear or read the phrase “augmented reality”, the first thing that probably comes to mind is where technology is used to add digital objects onto the real world (Pokemon Go) via smart devices (phones, tablets) or Google Glass and Holo Lens-style wearable technology, and that is the technical definition. However, humans have been…

Coventry City of Culture and Turner Prize

On the 27th October I visited the exhibition, held in the Herbert Art Gallery, which was part of the Coventry City of Culture event which runs on until early 2022. The City of Culture is chiefly a series of artistic exhibitions and events, some free some charged for, held in the city centre and Fargo…

Advertising and ideas a ‘sensory experience’

This is regarding creative uses of design and marketing, for which there is some overlap. We are overwhelmed with conventional advertising in many areas of our life so end up just ignoring it. Adverts on TV (BBC aside), webpages, billboards, in social media, YouTube, banners and videos in apps, on the side/inside of public transit…

Annotated Bibliography (R&E)

Changing Reality For centuries, humans have used a variety of measures to change our reality either literally or our perception of it. We are perhaps uniquely skilled as a species when it comes to imagination, though the species language barrier makes direct communication impossible so perhaps they are underestimated? Regardless, humans have a specific talent…