Events

Lunchtime Talk
Fri 7 Dec 2018 13:00 at Watershed Cinema 3


Bloodyminded: Behind The Scenes

For this talk we are joined by Brighton based Blast Theory artist, Matt Adams. Matt will take us behind the scenes of Bloodyminded – Europe’s first interactive and live feature film.

Speaker

Matt Adams

Matt’s first passion was theatre. Acting credits include The Ghost Of Oxford Street directed by Malcolm McLaren for Channel 4. He studied English Literature at University College London and co-founded Blast Theory in 1991. Matt helped found the New Work Network. He co-curated the Screen series of video works for Live Culture at Tate Modern in 2003 and curated the Games and War season at the ICA in London in 2003. He has had residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Banff New Media Centre in Canada and Arnolfini in Bristol. He is a winner of the Maverick Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. He was a Thinker In Residence for the South Australian Government. He has taught widely on performance, new media and interdisciplinary practice at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the Australian Network for Art and Technology and Pace University in New York. He has contributed to research by Ofcom, the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and has co-authored over twenty papers with the University of Nottingham. Matt has given talks at the Sorbonne, the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taipei, Stanford University and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney among others. He was the Visiting Professor for Interactive Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 2007 to 2014 and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. He is a member of the South East Area Council for Arts Council England, is Chair of the Advisory Board for non zero one and is Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for Lighthouse.

Following the live streamed, world premiere screening of Blast Theory’s Bloodyminded earlier this Autumn, at Watershed and other cinemas across Europe, we are excited to be join for this special lunchtime talk by the film’s Director, Matt Adams for a talk about the making of the film.  As part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the project was co-commissioned by Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Bloodyminded broke new ground in artistic and technical ambition. The film was recorded in one take over 90 minutes and streamed live to over 126,000 people online and in cinemas. Audiences also interacted in real time, sending their responses to the narrator that became part of the film.

Bloodyminded follows SJ, played by Isis Davis [Electric Dreams, Lie Low], as she breaks into an army base on a personal mission: to bury the ashes of her great-grandfather Harold Steele, one of the 16,000 conscientious objectors imprisoned under life-threatening conditions during World War One.

The film was inspired by the conscientious objectors of World War One. It drew on in-depth research and one-to-one interviews with soldiers with front line experience, followed by months of preparation, recces, casting and rehearsals. 

This lucntime talk will offer a rare insight into the technical processes and challenges involved in making a live film, with exclusive GoPro footage filmed during the recording.

This Lunchtime Talk will take place in Watershed, Cinema Three. After the talk you are invited to join us in the Pervasive Media Studio as part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: studio@watershed.co.uk to book your place on a tour.


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