Approved: 16.08.2006

Paul Gittins

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

 I am currently developing a collection of self playing musical instruments, powered by clock motors, oak apples hit the strings with a two second beat creating an endless rhythm. 

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  • Location: Stourbridge, West Midlands
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Events management, Film-making
  • Categories: Installation, Live Art, Mixed Media, Performance, Sound
 
 

Biography

 I am currently developing a collection of self playing musical instruments, powered by clock motors, oak apples hit the strings with a two second beat creating an endless rhythm. 

Using torch light and oak apples I have designed a number of lighting systems that use the same principle to create animation on a translucent surface, Bakelite , sand, etc.

I make cellular shadow screens, hundreds of paper pixels divide projected light into various patterns, larger screens are used for a shadow shows using colour and video projection, performers create animated imagery as they interact with the light.

Smaller versions are used to transform TV light into an endless stream of abstract form and colour.

 

 

 

CV & Education

Studied Stourbridge College of Art 1969-70

Cardiff College of Art 1970-73, Dip AD fine Art
Exhibitions, Performance, Installation

2015     All Ears, Millenium Point, Birmingham
2015     Time and Motion, Flatpack Film Festival, Millennium Point, Birmingham
2014     If Wet, Callow End, Worcester
2014     Worcester Music Festival
2014     Custard Factory, Bham
2013     Guerilla,Gallery, Daniel Libeskind Space, Islington, London
2013     Netherton Art centre, Dudley, West Midlands
2012     Open Media  RBSA Birmingham
2012     Elmfield School, Stourbridge
2012     Ring Road, Stourbridge Town Hall
2012     Capoeira Event, Sherriff Hutton, York. 
2012     Junction Festival, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton.
2011     Artspace, Brierley Hill, West Midlands
2011     Tektura, Mailbox , Birmingham
2011     Demolition Event, Birmingham Post and Mail Building
2011     Artspace Brierley Hill, Dudley
2011     Electric Shadow house, Green Futures, Glastonbury Festival
2010     Metapraxis, Chelsea Theatre, London
2010     Volte Gallery, Wolverhampton
2009     Electric Shadow house, Green Futures, Glastonbury Festival
2008     Art of Birmingham, Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum
2008     Modern Shadows, Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham
2008     Electric Shadow house, Green Futures, Glastonbury Festival
2008     Mirour of Middelerthe, The Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge
2008     Electric shadow house, Big Chill. Art Trail, Ledbury, Hereford
2007     Shadows in full Colour, Glasshouse Theatre. Stourbridge, Stourbridge
2006     Superstition and the Moon, Leasowes College, Halesowen, West Midlands
2006     No Direction Home, Pickle Art Centre, Beijing, China
2006     Superstition and the Moon, Glasshouse Theatre, Stourbridge,West Midlands
2007     AVion, Bucharest, Romania
2007     STRP Festival, Heindhoven, Netherlands
2007     Festa del Cinema, Brancaleone, Rome, Italy
2007     Optronica, with Mikhail Karikis, National Film Theatre, London
2005     Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2004     IN and Out, Capital Normal University, Beijing
2000     Making Waves, with Peter Keene, Museum of Electricity, Lisbon, Portugal
1999     Art Kraft, Paris
1999     Festival des Maquine i Robots, Barcelona
1990     Living Gallery, Stourbridge

Publications
2011    Sunday Times Magazine
2005    Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM

Awards
Arts Council England 2015
Arts Council England 2013
Arts Council England 2009
Arts Council England 2006