Waterside Micro Commission| Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Greater Manchester

October 20, 2015

I’m really looking forward to working on a new commission for the Waterside Arts Centre Sale, Greater Manchester taking place in January 2016. The ‘microcommission’ will be part of a series of 4 exhibitions at Waterside between October 2015 and January 2016.

The main proposal will see Waterside’s large 55″ touchscreen situated near the ticket office used to display dynamic work/s from Kinetic Collage project – Code-driven artworks created with Processing open source software 2014-2015  that layer and rotate fragmented images, text and graphics appropriated from Twitter profiles and timelines.

Sandra Crisp: Touchscreen displayed artwork, Waterside foyer

Sandra Crisp: Touchscreen displayed artwork, Waterside foyer

The large touchscreen will allow a full-scale dynamic Processing ‘sketch’ or ‘Twitter mandala’ to run on the screen in a way which is not normally possible when the work is viewed on a much smaller domestic-size screen. Therefore, the commission offers a great opportunity to present the the work as it was originally intended in a busy public space.

Sandra Crisp: hashtag_mandala_22 Sandra Crisp - hashtag_mandala_2 4200 pixels x 4200 pixels

Sandra Crisp – hashtag_mandala_2
4200 pixels x 4200 pixels. Still image taken from dynamic Kinetic Collage sketch

The second part of the proposal includes a print-based installation in the foyer, gallery or window/ entrance area. The dimensions, structure and choice of various print media, such as paper or transparent film will result from a direct response to the building’s architecture or possibly informed by by an aspect of local history. However, exact details won’t be finalised until after after a site visit in Novemember 2015, so watch this space to see how the work develops…..

Sandra Crisp: Possible print installation, Waterside - 1

Sandra Crisp: Proposal for print installation, Waterside

Sandra Crisp: Possible print installation - 1

Sandra Crisp: Proposal for print installation – Waterside (detail)

“As part of Waterside Arts Centre’s 10th anniversary celebrations, we are pleased to announce a series of micro commissions designed to showcase the work of emerging artists working within two dimensional disciplines. Selected works will be presented via the Art Centre’s new 55 inch touch screen monitor whilst there will also be opportunities for utilising the wall and window space in and around the main foyer of the venue.”

Video screencasts of dynamic programs running in Processing can be viewed HERE

An update of work in progress will be published on this blog as soon as it happens!

More Info: Call Out to Artists: Waterside Micro-Commissions < Whats On | Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

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