Perambu-films (part 1)

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Envision turning a street corner going to school as a child or tracing the steps from your current home to the nearest shop – a path emerges. A path that with time slowly embeds into your routine, daily and bodily. A multitude of paths emerge, walks traced in memory, perambulations you recall from distant landscapes or from years past.

We reclaimed one such stroll as a score we could displace to distant locations as conceptual walks, meditative landscape crawls, micro-excursions. Poland, Croatia or the United Kingdom. Snow, cobbled streets or lake views; fields of grass or paper. Steps forward or lost amblings. Navigating the immediate while keeping pace with each other displaced in locale and time. A connection.

Following a set score gets one into trouble – a hedge, a wall, a stumble, even a fall – or an unexpected “hello” from a passer-by who finds herself enveloped in an untold story, if only by the gaze of the camera.

Airports, backyards, parks and street corners. Busy or vacant. Every time a probe into the here-and-now. Or maybe a there-and-elsewhere?

Take a walk, count out the steps, recall that path that took you on an everyday journey, go on…

Experimenting with the Layar’s AR application

As Carma mentioned in her ‘Dance and Technology’ post

‘Layar can also augment images in magazines, books or in any printed format. And what is more interesting is that it can be done by anyone, even those with no programming skills. Layar’s website has a step by step tutorial for printed AR. You can start your own AR app today, with no programming needed.’

After a conversation on Skype with Carma and watching the tutorial I decided to start my own AR app and test out what could be achieved in relation to what I have been thinking about. I decided to test out the features and here is an example of what can be done.

Through the application I was able to apply a video from You Tube onto an already existing image, therefore if the image was placed within the city with a simple message on it such as ‘scan me’ the participants smart phone would then begin to scan the image and find the data which has been augmented onto that particular image through the Layar’s application.

You have to take into Consideration that they (the public) may not have the application software downloaded to there device so it may not be as quick and simple as desired but it will give them the option to do so. This could work very well within a controlled performance environment as you would be able to ensure that all participants have the software already installed in advance so there devices are ready to scan. If it was in a less controlled environment it may be hard to get people to follow on with the installation of the application as they may loose interest. This is something I think can be tested further by leaving images in the city and monitoring the interaction by the amount of views a You Tube clip may get from that point onwards.

These are the images of the poster I had on my wall with the You Tube video augmented onto them through my phone, so basically a screen shot. Once the scan has found the information you can then click and watch the video.

In this image I augmented a website link onto the image, once scanned you then can press on the Blue tab which then takes you to the choreographic perambulations around rough corners blog. So a quick way to be directed to a website.

I think although this is very basic there is a lot more that can be explored to make this a really interesting way of viewing and sharing information. Many more experiments to come. I think in time this application will be as popular as social networking sites and almost everybody will have it installed to there smart phone. The possibilities could be endless.

Jesus man and Silent walks

‘The extra-ordinary’ and ‘the ordinary’ in everyday public behavior.

Whilst in Bradford city centre observing the people and the dynamics of the city ‘Bradford’s walking man’ (Jesus man to my generation) passed me by.                          Seeing Jesus man has almost become the norm to me, of course I am still curious as to whom he is and want to understand his mysterious persona but at the same time he’s just Jesus man. It is very normal to see him pass by on a visit into town, whilst on the bus or even seeing him trend on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The ‘extra-ordinary’ (Jesus man) has almost become the ‘ordinary’ to the people of Bradford.

I then came across the film The Excursion by Yorkshire based artist Simon Warner, Simon’s film documents the movements of Jesus man within the Bradford district, the film is showing at the Journey and Migrations exhibition in Bradford.

More information about the exhibition can be found at

http://www.simonwarner.co.uk

http://www.fabricculture.co.uk/whats-on/journeys-and-migrations

The film and my interest in him made me think about what he does and how walking interests me as a performativce practice. Following this I decided to take part in Phil Harding’s silent sound walk through Bradford on 24/8/12.

Phil, myself and 6 other participants met at Handmade in Bradford at 5pm to set off on the silent sound walk across Bradford, we were instructed that we could not communicate at any point and should follow each other in single file line with Phil as the leader of the walk. We each walked about a meter apart from one another resulting in a single file snaking line of people walking through the city. For me I couldn’t help but think about how this must look if I was a spectator. It was interesting to observe the city in a much more conscious way, really listening to the sounds that make up the voice of Bradford rather than passing through dismissing the most interesting happenings.

The route of the walk

More information of the walk can be found at

http://www.fabricculture.co.uk/whats-on/silent-walk-phill-harding

On the walk I was thinking about the ways in which the Augmented Reality app could be used as a means to guide, explore and even find new things within the city. Could having something in place in the town such as an image to scan bring a performance, text or audio to a certain location in the town using the Layar application?

I will try these ideas out.