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iPhone with Olloclip Lens attachedI was doing some preparation for the “Stream The Steets”  live streaming workshop that I’m leading for the GEEK Swale & Medway Festival in Rochester, Kent and began investigating the add on options that could enable some interesting options for mobile streaming.

I took a walk down to Brighton rail station and recorded on my phone using the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens and the 8mm iPhone app.  Out of the four lens options, I found the wide-angle the most useful for general use.

The more I look at the output from 8mm, the more I like it. Most of the filter settings are pretty elaborate, but mid-way through the trip I found one which removes the projector effect mask.  It would be great if the developers could open up access to the blur and focus settings to customise the outputs.

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Leaving a trail of pixels

…or why having artists take the lead in cultural organisations is vital.

In 2006, I launched the new digital media department for South Hill Park Arts Centre in Berkshire. Starting from an empty room, I set up the first desks, became admin for a small network of Macs, designed the programme and recruited the most talented artists I could find to deliver it.

2008: Recruited from the internet, creator of the most viewed circuit-bending videos on YouTube comes to lead our first electronic toy hacking weekend
2008: Recruited from the internet, creator of the most viewed circuit-bending videos on YouTube comes to lead our first electronic toy hacking weekend

After 8 years of developing the programme, bringing artists and innovative producers to the venue, creating projects, conferences, festivals and partnerships to reach out to new audiences, I left with a great archive of photos, videos and audio as a document, and a tonne of valuable experiences.

For the most part, venue staff were bemused by the early days of their digital arts department. Marketing staff were reserved about assisting with promotion because they “didn’t know anything about this digital stuff“.  Arts funding bodies could see something interesting was going on, but didn’t have the vocabulary to assess what the activity was delivering. Film funding organisations, bound by their own bureaucracy refused to help, as the moving image work was led by “artists” not “film makers“.

These days, the funding organisations have  largely caught up, and are readily supporting culture organisations who are leading innovation in digital.

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