We transform UCA

UCA has had a new media identity called ‘We Create’. But we not only create, we also transform. The video graffiti workshops led by the Finnish documentary director and video artist, Soile Mottisenkangas, have transformed UCA Farnham quad yard, classroom, and the James Hockey Gallery. For example, the BA students on Digital Films and Screen Arts projected films (slow documentary-style abstract films, gig video recording, still images) onto different surfaces in classrooms, on smooth wall or on ventilation grilles to generate different effects and atmospheres. Students have also ‘dialogued’ with the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery, by projecting the videos to different installations. This has (re-)created some profound artworks: a mentally trapped man speaking on a bleeding toy bear, a mademoiselle interacting with a boy and his dogs, Farnham castle being displayed alongside Japanese-style tower, spliting the projection through the cascading sakura rain. On a rainy day, instead of going for a longer tour around Farnham, we explored UCA Farnham quad yard, by projecting videos onto a bucket collecting rain fall, pools of water on the ground, walls inside and outside a shed. By projecting videos onto different surfaces at different locations, new meanings have been generated. The everyday space at UCA has been transformed into a theatre platform where people play and interact. These video projections. can be considered as digital performance, that create interaction and new meanings. They are temporal, but the transformative effect on next generation video artists and media professionals, I believe, is immensely long-term and tenacious. See video and Soile’s Storify.

Projecting the animation from Soile Mottisenkangas' documentary 'Maria Evaliina' to the boy and dog installation, part of the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Projecting the animation from Soile Mottisenkangas’ documentary ‘Maria Evaliina’ to the boy and dog installation, part of the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Projecting the animation from Soile Mottisenkangas' documentary 'Maria Evaliina' to the boy and dog installation, part of the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Projecting the animation from Soile Mottisenkangas’ documentary ‘Maria Evaliina’ to the boy and dog installation, part of the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Projecting the animation from Soile Mottisenkangas' documentary 'Maria Evaliina' to the boy and dog installation, part of the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Projecting the animation from Soile Mottisenkangas’ documentary ‘Maria Evaliina’ to the boy and dog installation, part of the Kawaii exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Seeing a film through the cascading sakura rain
Seeing a film through the cascading sakura rain
Video tattooing
Video tattooing
How poetic is that - giving the film a little edge
How poetic is that – giving the film a little edge
Finnish vs. Japanese
Finnish vs. Japanese
Soile Mottisenkangas in action
Soile Mottisenkangas in action
A talking bear with a trapped brain
A talking bear with a trapped brain
Using a bucket of water as surface
Using a bucket of water as surface
Projecting through the bars on the window of the garden shed
Projecting through the bars on the window of the garden shed
Projecting through the bars of the wondow of the garden shed at UCA Farnham Quad Yard
Projecting through the bars of the wondow of the garden shed at UCA Farnham Quad Yard
Projecting onto the boxes chairs at the Quad Yard
Projecting onto the boxes chairs at the Quad Yard

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