'Chance Compositions' - video uploaded

As mentioned a few weeks ago, here's a lovely vimeo vid by Jessica Wild, which captures the 'Imagine' session we led together at Manchester Art Gallery.

Inspired by Max Ernst's 'chance' frottage collage 'Petrified City', families were invited to create random sound compositions by collaging stickers and other materials onto old vinyl records which were then played on a turntable. In addition, families also enjoyed cutting up album covers and made interesting, surreal collages. One little girl even decided to put stickers over all the men's heads on the album cover of Fame, leaving only the women's heads visible!

To see and hear the 'chance compositions', click on the link: https://vimeo.com/37909145

Also, for some rather low quality vid clips go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michikofujii/sets/72157629162585530/



'Imagine' Weekend - Surrealist Chance Compositions

It's that time of the month again and I've had a great weekend working at Manchester Art Gallery with artist and film-maker Jessica Wild on our joint venture - interpreting surrealist artwork through sound, composition and montages!

Taking Max Ernst's 'Petrified City' and other surrealist artworks in the permanent collection as the starting point, we invited families to embrace random collage-making and chance... on vinyl. Families were invited to create their own collage compositions on records which would, in turn, interfere with the way the stylus moved around the groove. Families could play the records to discover how their colourful collages created unique 'chance' sound compositions.

Families were also invited to create weird and wonderful photo-montages using the record covers to cut 'n' paste . Check out some of the cool and crazy artwork (above).

The message here is embrace the random and let your imagination wander, whilst developing a unique soundtrack for the artworks in the Modern & Contemporary gallery!

Vid clip uploads coming soon....