Copy from Posterous - Playful Bristol

December 3, 2012 original date

Jeremy Deller links to playful Bristol, deadline looms

Over the weekend I edited an mp3 from the Wild Show last week into clips for YouTube.

found on "neorepliucants" though lots of Bladerunner also. Should get better search on NeoReplicants as more stuff  turns up.

This set also helps raise questions around copyright and social media. Video for Rougemont Global Broadcasting and other channels is usually limited to mostly music as clearance is more likely. Graphics from art venues is much more protected. The conversation on the Wild Show includes why we can select bits of sound for a show but normally cannot link to graphics of video on Facebook. Maybe this is changing, the blog form is intended to test this.

I have started to check out blogs relating to previous topics. I tried some collage on the bouncy Stonehenge, shifting it to Totnes and Sidmouth. Recent post about Jeremy Deller quotes his support for play in art, in particular the Bristol project for a playful city. Turns out there is a £30,000 budget but the deadline is this week. So my thinking so far is around moving bits of city to another one. I realise many other people already knew that it is possible to import a 3D object into a virtual world. But for me this is recent, as something I can do. Video is possible in Twinity but I am just doing 3D photos, sometimes with elements pasted in from an actaul photo.

Exeter seems to be just big enough as a city to have the essentials to complement the web - minimum of a cafe and a tech shop. I have also recently visited Lancaster and Taunton. Both work pretty well. A model virtual version works best for a city that can be walked across as far as the central bit is concerned. Bristol is now on far too many sites as I remember it. There is the waterside area around where the docks used to be. There are shops near the motorway exits way to the north. I know there is a shopping area closer to the centre but have not been there recently.

A quick search on Google Maps tells me there is a Castle Park but I can't see much of a castle. Scan somewhere else and move it in, maybe as a projection or through some form of goggles. There are several ways to add something to a screen based on recognising a barcode or image. As explained above, stills and video can be produced through compositing.

In Exeter we could check out which aspects of a university campus could be moved back to the centre. The Phoenix and the area near the museum were once a base for Exeter University. The Arts School moved out beyond Barrack Road and then to Plymouth.   Recently the new Forum project happened to eliminate a bookshop from the university resources. It may turn out that this is very sensible if mobile devices replace the functions of a printed book. But it raises a question about other aspects of the site such as the library and the lecture spaces. Could video conferencing have a role? Bristol still has a university in the city so this is a useful comparison.

More later, still a couple of days.

I think most of the budget should be used for scans, both objects and buildings.

I wonder if Volkhardt Mueller would contribute? His work on Any High Street seemed to me to be more about Any City. When he was on the Wild Show I think he was genuinely interested in an app or some way of distributing images through a digital system. Not sure what the business model would be. The Bristol funding assumes creative commons but this might be combined with something else later.

Posted by Will Pollard