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Exhibition stuff.

12 May

The exhibitions all over now, and it went rather smoothly, although, with a few disappointments.

Day 1 – Tuesday 3rd May.

Today was painting day. All we did was paint.

By “we” I do mean myself, Luke, Rachel, Rich, Gary and sometimes Nick. The others who were there didn’t seem to do very much.

Anyway, we took out all the old dirty plinths that were hiding underneath the stage in the riverfront basement and set about painting them up to look all posh and new.

That took up all of our day really. Just making sure we had enough plinths and getting them painted took up a lot of time. We were intending to start moving stuff down in the afternoon, but we had to wait until the next day because all the electronics were being PAT tested due to the fact that CSM last year electrocuted some people a bit with their dodgy wiring.

Day 2 – Wednesday 4th May.

After Gary and Rich stopped making Star Wars jokes, and the PAT testing man was done, we started boxing everything up and moving things down to the riverfront. Didn’t take much time actually, about an hour or so. It was all pretty smooth.

And then we started to actually set up our stuff. That went really well too. For me especially. My mum had come down that morning and delivered me my own custom made stand and by the early afternoon, my game was up and running! All I had to do was wire things up and everything worked exactly as I expected it to which is always nice.

The lights worked and everything! I think they look pretty swish as one solid bar there. That all worked out rather well I think.

The hat looks good on its own stand and all the stuff I made looked great on the stands.

Day 3 – Thursday 5th May.

Today, not much happened. Everyone was pretty much setup apart from a few who didnt turn up on Wednesday (Martyn, Owain, Rachel, Marc).

So, those people set up whilst the rest of us just tidied things up and made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it.

Today, I brought with me all the “about” boards and all my delicate papery goods.

I just laid out all my free stuff and made sure we had things like signs up and everyone had all the stuff they needed.

Again, everything went really smoothly and things were just working, it was great.

Day 4 – Friday 6th May.

Show day!

Started off quite exciting with a group of students from some college all coming in at once and playing with our stuff, our work held up well. Then it got quiet, very quiet, for a long, long time.

It was never busy today, it just kinda came and went.

No one who we invited had turned up so we were disappointed with that, but, the photography student who I built a site for came and took photos for me as an exchange.

Look how fantastic they are!

Ben White, my photographer, did a really fantastic job with these photos. It really gets across the physical aspect of my game and really captures the whole exhibit space and how it was set up.

After this, the rest of the day was really quiet. Boo.

Day 5 – Saturday 7th May.

My feet hurt today.

It got busier today, but never hugely busy.

Once again, no one who we had invited apart from family and friends had turned up. Very disappointing really. Not good form at all.

But, we managed to impress a bunch of people that came through the doors with our work.

Mark Jackson and some woman who I dont know where very impressed with my game. As far as I could tell, they were organising some kind of exhibition to show off student work or something and they wanted my work there. So that’s nice. They liked the whole physical arm waving aspect and they were mystified by the fact that it read your mind to work.

Lot’s of people were really. People usually first asked me to explain my game and as soon as I started talking about how the game read your brainwaves to work, they just looked at me like it was hugely impossible and that I was simply making it up. Then they played my game, and were floored by the fact that it did in fact read your mind.

That’s pretty much the kind of reaction I was aiming for.

Adam had a chance to play my game and uttered the words “brilliant, amazing” a few times after he played it. I think he was impressed by it.

So, we ended our show on a high really. Sure, no one who we invited turned up, but those who did loved our work and the majority of it didn’t break! Fantastic!

Adding little touches to podiums.

2 May

I added the game logo to my main podium. I fel that it needed that little extra branding touch to finish it all off and keep it linked in with the game.

You can also see the green rug in place.

Putting the logo on the podium gave me a rather large headache.

First of all, I ordered some “clear” stickers so that I could print on them and then stick it on and it would look fabulous. But no, the stickers I received were far from clear. Infact when put on the gloss black surface, they came out looking like frosted glass. Not cool.

So, what I had to settle for, was cutting out each individual letter and sticking them on by hand. A huge pain in the neck that was.

After I stuck them on, I realised that I had the S and the O on upside down, whoops.

But in the end, I think that it looks just the business. It looks like something you’d find in a museum I think. Along with the hat on the manikin head and the info board, I think I’ve got some cool stuff lined up for this grad show.

A witty title about exhibition related work.

27 Apr

I was given some extra tasks to do for the exhibition.

I had to make up the “about this project” boards that would go along with every exhibit. Fun thing that. The main problem with this was trying to get everyones words and titles.

I had the majority of peoples words and titles. I was missing Martyn and Owains words and Dan, Rachels, Martyns and Richards titles.

Martyn and rich got back to me almost straight away when I asked them for stuff. It was a little more stressful with Dan and Owain considering I know that Dan is never around and Owain just doesn’t like doing things.

Nevertheless I pressed on and asked them all for their stuff.

Luckily, thank science, everyone gave me what I needed within a day.

I almost had a heart attack with joy.

So I set about making a layout, which I got vetted by the group via facebook. Everyone seemed pleased so I put in everyone’s pictures and text and started printing them out and mounting them up.

Luckily, I had plenty of foam board left over from Beyond knocking about my parents house, so I made use of that to stick the images to.

I just need to finish printing off the four ones who got me their stuff late and the cut them all out and it’ll be done.

A nice finishing touch to the show I think.

This is the full sized version of what I’ve been printing off:

This is the template that I have been using to generate the about pages off of.

It got really tricky when it came to doing Joan’s board, since there is two of them on one board. I managed to squeeze them both in in the end and it looks perfectly fine too. All good there then.

Plus, I hear good things about the massive posters that I helped Luke to do before the easter break. We created a poster for everyone in the class with a little bit about them on the poster and some of the work they have done. Me and Luke sat around for a few hours and sorted all that out so that they could be printed over easter for us.

That’ll be nice I think, having some stuff about each of us on huge posters. Apparently we can put up the triff poster too. That’ll be nice to see hanging up in a gallery.

GO US!

Exhibition planning

5 Apr

I havn’t posted anything about the grad show exhibition, and since we’ve been planning it and it’s all part of my grade, I thought I better had.

My role in the grad show is content editor and PR. Basically, I am the wordsman of the gradshow.

Initially, I took care of everyone’s personal bio and project abstract. I am in charge of getting the words off of everyone and then checking to make sure they are grammatically correct and make sense.

So far this has gone well. Pretty much everyone has given me their words quickly apart from one or two people. But, as far as I’m aware, this is a big improvement over last year where they took a while to get the words off of individual people. So that’s good so far.

I am also doing PR for the show, Gary has offered to help me with this, so me and Gary have sat down today and emailed invites to lots of people.

I had a list of people that I wanted to invite that was fairly large, and then others added to it. So today we had a good list of people to invite.

We have already had a few replies back, and they have been positive so far. Even from one professional, Hoss Gifford, who lives in Glasgow, he has actually given us a positive response and will try to make it along. That’s just fantastic! He’s a well respected Flash developer and has started making iPhone apps. Both me and Gary have had brief casual chats with him via Twitter and Email and he seems very approachable and honest, so it’s nice if he was able to come along and meet us in person.

The whole text that I have written to send out to people goes as follows:

Hello,

I am NAME, a student on the interactive media course here at Newport.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you along to our final grad show, can you put this date in your diary now?

Impossibilities is the end of year grad show of the 3rd year Interactive Media students at the University of Wales, Newport. We are a range of artists, designers and coders who all have interesting and diverse projects.

Interactive Media is all about working in any medium and making it fun, interactive and different.

This year, we have lots of interesting work to show such as self generating art, a mind controlled arcade game where you play as Mr. Space Giraffe and a remote controlled arcade racing game. We are displaying the work at the Riverfront Gallery between the 6th and 7th of May following up with a two week University wide exhibition in June.

Come along and play with our work, entrance is free and you will leave feeling that you have seen into the future. It promises to be an imaginative display of work, often indistinguishable from magic.

We hope that you can send someone along.

I think that these are some pretty strong and convincing words that will hopefully get people excited and interested in coming to see our show. That’s the idea anyway.

We will continue to invite people when we find names to invite, and the plan is to send reminder emails out to the list in a few weeks, just so they dont forget and to keep them interested in the show.

I think this is a good plan, keeping people updated on the running of the show and the schedule.

Me and Gary are also trying to get Seb Lee Delisle to do a guest workshop at the opening night, the uni apparently has some money to do this so that would be fantastic if that were to happen.

Other than that, I have no other main responsibilities apart from chiming in and providing my opinion to group matters.

So far, the group decided aspects have been done appallingly. It is very very difficult to decide anything via group, especially one with heavy and conflicting oppinions.

We’ve taken ages deciding on the logo alone, when we thought we had decided on one, some people would shift opinions and be dead set against the one we had just chosen. This makes everything so difficult to decide upon, especially since we are strapped for time.

Most recently, there has been conflict over the group t-shirts. Personally, i think the t-shirt idea is silly and pointless, all thats going to happen is that we have a white t-shirt with some graphics on it. Being white t-shirts, we wont stand out much at all and we wont look at all professional, since they are t-shirts. I’d just prefer smart casual with name badges, but no one agrees, so t-shirts it is.

The conflict in the group has been about where we shall get the shirts printed and how much they should cost.

Quite rightly, Gary argued that we should not pay £180 for shirts when collectively, if everyone paid money, we would have £180. We wouldnt be able to afford anything else at all. And we still need at least posters.

Gary has a mate who can print the tshirts cheaper and in a known good quality, so that’s where we are getting them printed. The total price for that will be £150. So we will still have money left.

Anyway, it seems like the gradshow planning, like anything decided by a group has descended into arguments and people taking things way too personally.

Things are getting there slowly though, so that’s okay. As long we have a show for these people to turn up to. I know that at least three of us will have a project there to see. So that’s something I guess…