Approved: 16.08.2006

Paul Gittins

Artist, Film-maker

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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     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. These are used for festivals and theatre productions

    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