Friday, August 29, 2014

'2 minutes with Juan delGado'

'2 minutes with Juan delGado' is a film directed and produced by award-winning director, screenwriter and photographer David Hevey.

HERE are both captioned and audio-described versions of the film.

David Hevey - as published by Shape Artists - is UK's leading diversity-media professional, a key creative: a filmmaker, producer, writer & digital-media professional running David Hevey Productions, based in Bloomsbury, London in the UK.

Among his outstanding array of digital films and moving-images, he created documentaries highlighting the talents of disabled creative practitioners and artists supported by Shape Arts. His contribution to the disability art sector is highly recognized, presenting a genuine perspective and touching stories of disabled people. One of his most famous works 'The disabled Century' were series commissioned by the +BBC. His Showreel speaks for itself.
Working and featuring in the work of such an innovative and creative media professional is an honor and a memorable experience. 

In this 2-minute interview, Juan delGado talks about the idea of invisibility surrounding a specific group of people working at the Corabastos market in Bogotá - the largest of its kind in Latin America. These people work at night to feed the city, a long procedure depicted in The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) project, which explores the journey that produce takes from its arrival before dawn to its consumption.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Audio Description recording for The Flickering Dakness (Revisited)

The countdown to the exhibition has started and the preparations are getting more and more busy.
We had the pleasure to record the audio description with Jenni Halton, a successful drama and theatre practitioner.
Jenni is the founder, workshop leader and project manager of Unscene Suffolk, a community theatre company for adults with visual impairment. Unscene Suffolk aims to impact positively on the lives of its participants and to create high quality work which celebrates accessible aesthetics for both audience and performers.
The company was founded in February 2013 with support from the New Wolsey Theatre and Sensing Change, has produced two performances to date and is currently planning and fundraising for another project in 2015.

Jenni has a long experience in the Arts and Theatre sector, working as an arts administrator and audio describer. In addition to freelancing as a theatre practitioner, she is also contributing to the Unlimited Festival.

The purpose of this recording is to make the video installation accessible to everyone.
Inside the White Room, where the three-channel installation will be set up, a headphone will be available for visually impaired visitors. Jenni helped make the audio-description as accurate, authentic and colorful as the moving image, making the narrative exciting to imagine and picture, transporting the listener to the scene's location.
Another plinth and pair of headphones will be placed outside the room, where the same description will be screened.

Tim Harrison, the sound designer at the Sounthbank Centre worked to bring out the power of the sound in a balanced surround system, placing speakers to help the audience experience an immersive impact of the video installation.

Tim runs Aumeta, a company specialising in feature film audio post and commercial sound design. He has a keen interest in experimental cinema, regularly working with director Luke Losey. Tims is also a member of filmmaking collective Studio Murmur and an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication.

Room Setting Up for The Flickering Darkness (Revisited)

Monday was a productive day for the setting up team and Juan. 
It is very exciting to watch the White Room, a room usually filled with musicians rehearsing, transformed for the exhibition.
delGado worked closely with Freddie, the project manager and audio visual expert he commissioned for The Flickering Darkness (Revisited).
Freddie is supervising the painting of the room and making sure the skylight is perfectly covered with black textile. With her dynamic nature and perfectionist approach - a trait she shares with the artist - she made the process pleasant, meticulously taking measures and noting dimensions for the projection area.

Andy, the master carpenter was also present, putting all his energy into building the frames and screens, deciding with Juan on their placement and hanging as a pre-rehearsal, moving and testing projectors. The final rehearsal will take place on the 1st of September, right after the end of the Festival of Love and the Big Wedding Weekend when the team can be fully dedicated to the Unlimited event. Andy will be also making shelves for speakers.
the exhibition room is starting to look more and more like a part of the upcoming installation.