Archive for the ‘Immersion Project’ Category

Immersion Kickstarter

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

So this is what’s happening with the Immersion project! I’d like to throw it open for participation, with anyone who wants to contribute. I’m going to publish a book and continue to do exhibitions on it, and I’d like the collaborative element to be part of that. If you click through to the Kickstarter page, look at update #1. Within two days of launching we’ve already had a very cool idea about how to use the proposed site in a way that will create work that I simply wouldn’t be able to do on my own. I’m excited! What with the programming I’m doing, I’m becoming less and less interested in actually shooting work (I will continue to shoot Immersion till the project finishes). Instead it’s become much more interesting to think about ways to create participatory and more engaging projects…

The rewards for the project include the book, a collector’s edition of the book, and limited edition prints.

Beate Geissler / Oliver Sann- “Shooter” 2000

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Another art photography project from 2000, from the gamers-facial-expressions-as-they-play stable.

Trust- Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Friday, January 20th, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any shots or video that relates to Immersion. These shots are from Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s series “Trust”, which was released in 2000.

the holy see- Godfrey Reggio

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Someone sent me a link, ages ago, of Godfrey Reggio’s “Evidence”, film of kids watching “Dumbo” or one of the old Disney movies. He got in touch a few months ago in the run up to shooting his new movie. To cut a long story short I’m a consultant on it, so if it ever comes out I might go and see it just to see my name zip past a couple of minutes after it finishes. I like the bit where the next up is a gorilla. Not sure that they really got what I was trying to tell them about how to set up the games and the environment on the shoot…

Ten Minutes Older- Herz Frank 1978

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

A shameless rip-off of Immersion if ever there was one (and Errol Morris “Fog of War”)- right down to the autocue, the remote control and interviewer. But quite funny, despite feeling very contrived. The poor old dears. I guess the oddest thing about this ad is the idea that it’s supposedly aimed at people over the age of 17.

National Media Museum- Immersion

Friday, April 9th, 2010

My show at the National Media Museum opened on the 12th of last month. I grabbed these shots of it just beforehand, seems like that was last week- things have been a bit hectic recently. Wallpaper did a nice piece on it and it’s going to be on the front cover of The Sunday Times Magazine, coming out soon.

Wallpaper Sex Issue

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The Wallpaper July Issue is devoted to sex and features a video and stills they commissioned for “Immersion”. You can see the video above, or go to their site, where the screen is a lot bigger. A friend of mine saw the images in the magazine and pointed out that they’re stylistically very similar to my gamer kids pictures, and had I considered exhibiting them together? Bless. But it was gratifying that the thought occurred to him as soon as he saw the images. The experience of doing the shoot was actually really nice, very relaxed and easygoing. The idea was to create a shoot that didn’t feel like a shoot- and certainly in the kitchen area, where the crew were, it felt like an open house rather than a studio. It’s an area that I’ll develop further, for sure.

Anna, an acquaintance who works at Jezebel, put up a story on the Wallpaper video. It’s pretty clear from the comments that people like the subjects of the video, which is great. Normally when you watch a porn video your brain is almost short-circuited by the action- I posted quite recently about how fMRI studies show that the brain starts simulating sex as soon as you see the action. So it’s interesting to record this type of activity without the part of the image that’s going to limit it to titillation. And I think the combination of that, with the further intimacy of them talking about their experience of porn is quite powerful. However, if they came across badly or were unsympathetic, it would be exploitative.

Art Director’s Club Gold Award

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

I’ve been bouncing back and forth between London and New York for the last couple of months and only just found out that “My Game Face”, in the New York Times, won a gold award at the Art Director’s Club 88th annual awards. I wonder if that’s the first stills prize to be taken by work done on a video camera? Apparently the ceremony was in April. Woops. Anyways, well done to everyone who was involved, particularly Wiggy, Charlie and John!!!

Rapture- Frank Yamrus

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009