Transmedia project update

Posted: September 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: authors, diary, events, exhibition, web 2.0 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Reliable Witness has been gathering steam online so I thought I’d aggregate some of the bits and pieces I’ve been doing to promote the project acros the web.

I’ve recorded a Podcast on the excellent Transmedia Storyteller site and made a great new contact – the site’s founder Robert Pratten.

You can have a gander at the images on Flickr of the creative team in full flow.  And there’s even a tumblr site with images of the installation build.

Finally here’s an interview I did with the good people at The Information Daily :

Are you a Reliable Witness?

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: events, exhibition, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I’m getting excited about Reliable Witness, a project I’ve been working on all summer. Along with another midlands-based writer, Rochi Rampal, I’ve been writing the scenarios and interactive scripts for a bold transmedia storytelling piece commissioned by the Birmingham Book Festival. Come and see the installation – 4th-13th October – Unit 10, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Birmingham, 10am-4pm daily. It’s going to be amazing! There will also be an initial performance piece at ArtsFest in Birmingham, September 8, Centenary Square. I’m not sure of the time yet but it’ll be in the afternoon.

Here’s some of the website blurb.

Meet Darren and Amy – a young couple in love finding their feet in their relationship.
As their trusted friend you’ve been there for them, giving advice and a sympathetic ear for years. You’ve relaxed in their company, shared jokes and have been known to crash out and stare at the TV together now and again. You’ve seen them through a few ups and downs. So far, your involvement in their relationship has been passive, easy. Your loyalty has been neither divided nor tested. That’s about to change.

Darren and Amy’s story is moving quickly. Are you watching?
Reliable Witness is the Birmingham Book Festival’s first ever commissioned interactive storytelling experience. Follow the characters on social media, become a spectator or participant in their life together. Meet and see them in the offline world. Look out for The Birmingham Book Festival team live at Artsfest on the afternoon of Saturday 8th September, previewing this literature event with a difference.

You can follow the initial story on Twitter hashtag #reliablewitness or visit the capture website – Reliable Witness.  You can also make friends with all the characters on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Darren Connor – @Iamdarrenconnor
Amy Bauer – @amyamybauer
Fiona OSullivan – @Fi_OSullivan
Clare Drummond – @claredrummond2
Nadine Fletcher – @fletcher_nadine

The interactivity is being produced by the expert geeky people at The Adhere Creative, project managed by the fabulously efficient women at Red Lantern Project Management Ltd, overseen by some serious digital enthusiasts at Birmingham Book Festival and funded by Arts Council England.

Asil – Pure

Posted: September 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events, exhibition | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
Asil - Pure

Asil – Pure

I’ve been friends with photographer Tariq Dajani since we were at university together in the 80s. He moved abroad (spending time in Sweden and the Middle East) and now spends his time flitting between Dubai, Jordan and London.

In the last few years his striking and unique photography has really begun to get attention and his up coming exhibition in Dubai looks set to grab even more. His beautiful, almost sensual images of purebred Arabian horses are truly breathtaking.

So if you’re passing through Dubai then be sure to take a look. It’s at The Empty Quarter, Dubai International Financial Centre from October 6th-16th.

Otherwise you can take a peek at a whole load of Tariq’s photos on his website:


Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events, exhibition | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I’m always pissed off when I miss something I genuinely want to see – and I missed Jonathan Shaw’s exhibition, entitled Crash, at the New Art Gallery, Walsall. Jonathan, a colleague of mine at Coventry University, has had two exhibitions running simultaneously – one in Birmingham and one in Bangkok. I’ll forgive myself for not getting to Bangkok but I feel pretty shabby about not making it to Walsall. Anyway…

…Crash, was taken at the gay nightclub of that name in London in 2001, as a collaboration with the architect Nigel Coates for his book Ecstacity. As displayed in the top floor gallery at the New Art Gallery, Walsall, it’s a 60-metre long, continuous image which is wrapped round the gallery’s maze-like walls.

Jonathan Shaw - CRASH

Jonathan Shaw

“For me, this is about the scale of the work,” says Birmingham-based Shaw, a principal lecturer in photography at Coventry University. To generate the sense of claustrophobia that you experience in the club it’s important that you can never see it in its entirety. It’s about my physical relationship with the camera as well as the relationship of the subjects to the lens.”

The viewer is surrounded by a heaving mass of over-lifesized naked torsos, with bodies blurring into distortions as though in fairground mirrors, or suddenly snapping into sharp focus. Birmingham Post

I won’t miss the next one. Read more about Jonathan’s work on his website: