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Archive for May, 2014

#artvstech Round Two

Knowle West Media Centre will be putting Art and Tech head to head for a second time this half term.  Join us to create a collection of memories and bring your stories to life – digitally!

On Tuesday 27th May Ludic Rooms will join us again for a day of mapping, getting lost, and finding our way again. Help us to find the answers to questions like: “How many scooter lengths from Knowle West Children’s Centre to KWMC?” and create new ways of measuring Knowle West.

Work with artists Pippa and Fiona on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May to find and design interesting objects triggered by memories. Use new materials to re-cast found objects, and use Fiona’s laser cutter to make your designs.

On Friday 30th May join James and Phoebe (KWMC Young People’s Team) to make a sound story or audio clip of your favourite memory. Use Google Maps with Sandra (Lead Creative Producer) to make a map of memories and bring it to life with your creativity through craft work, drawing and more.

The Young People’s Team will be on hand all week to help you create films and other digital records of the memories you collect. There will also be all the things you would expect from a week of KWMC activities: more Raspberry Pi’s, more Littlebits, more music, more photography…

To get involved now tweet a favourite memory to @youthprogramme using #artvstech

  • All activities are free.
  • Knowle West Media Centre, 27th – 30th May 2014, 10am-3pm. Ages 10-19. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • To book your place call 0117 903 0444. For more info speak to Beccy or Sandra or email Sandra@kwmc.org.uk

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Nicholas White – photographer in residence

Over the last few months Nicholas White has been working as photographer in residence at Knowle West Media Centre, developing a new commission: “The Five Thousand Island Forest”. Based in Okehampton (UK), Nicholas’ work is themed around landscape, exploring narratives related to human intervention, the environment and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces.  “The Five Thousand Island Forest” is a landscape exploration of Knowle West –  more details will be available soon.

Nicholas was awarded the South West Graduate Photography Prize in 2013 for his work “The Militarisation of Dartmoor”, which is currently exhibiting at Green Hill Arts. The prize was established by Fotonow in 2010 to ‘showcase photographic work emerging from the region to a national audience.’ Nicholas and the finalists of the 2013 prize – Katie Emmett, India Pocock, Matthew Sheather, Patrick Graham, Sydney Cunningham and Katy Brothers – will have their work exhibited at KWMC from 28th May.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos taken by Nicholas during shooting for “The Five Thousand Island Forest”.

001 & 002 – Scouting trip to the roof of St. Mary Redcliffe
003 – Shooting at Springfield Allotments towards Bristol
004 – Goats at Andy’s Haven Nursery
005 & 006 – Shooting Knowle West from the roof of The Tobacco Factory

For more information about Nicholas’ work visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

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The Urban Forager – what foraging means to me

Watershed Executive Chef Oliver Pratt talks passionately to Knowle West Media Centre about foraging & cooking with wild ingredients. Oliver hosted Wild Thing, the Food Connections Festival event at Knowle West media Centre.

“Although I didn’t know it back then I have been a forager all my life. It all started as a kid, walking in the woods, exploring, asking questions and looking at the vast array of plant life around me. Only being allowed to pick the things my parents said were safe to eat I was learning that food originated from the wild. As I got older so the outdoors became a challenge, often seeing how long we could live out in the woods and whether it was possible to survive off the land alone. The answer to that question was quite simply: No. With our limited knowledge and skills it was in fact exceptionally hard if not possible at all.

25 years on and I have a more holistic approach, picking up facts and information along the way from a range of sources has led me to one conclusion. Foraging is a primeval instinct deeply rooted in all of us, it has gone hand in hand with our evolutionary progression and mental development where we survived as a species by being able to identify and catalog the subtle differences in plants; their shape, texture, taste and smell and that by using and developing all of our senses to define what was edible and what was not. These days there is no need to forage for survival, food is farmed, packaged and even delivered to our door and the ancient art of being a hunter-gatherer is slowly being lost.

Or is it?

I now live in the city but wherever I go I find myself identifying a whole range of plants all fit for eating. Bay trees, rosemary, thyme, wild parsley, valerian, lavender, wild cabbage, mustard, horseradish, rosehip, hawthorn and elder to mention but a few and I realise that although the landscape has changed my ancient instincts have not: I am a modern day hunter-gather; I am an urban forager.

When asked what is it I enjoy about foraging then my answer comes from observing other people whilst on a wild camping trip to the Wye valley. Their fun and joy at immersing themselves in nature, the excitement as they discover a bounty of food that is edible; identifying it, picking it and taking it back to the camp to cook. It goes right back to our basic self, our basic being where we were connected to the land for survival and by doing that, by tapping into all our senses and using them it feels good.

If foraging helps us stay connected to the land, appreciate it more and as a result help preserve it then that is a great thing. ”

 

 

Foraging Chef Oliver Pratt

 

Upcoming project – See It Make It Film Sessions

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is about to launch a new film programme for 14-19 year olds: over a ten-week course young people can dive into film production, learn industry-standard filmmaking techniques, and create their own movie!

We’re working with Into Film’s “See It Make It” project and Chris Kemp of Suited and Booted, who will support young film enthusiasts to create a short film – from the initial storyboard to the editing. The film will be screened at a celebration event at the end of the course. The group will meet every Tuesday (term time) from 6.30-8.30pm, beginning 13th May 2014.

Places are limited, so we’re looking for young people with a keen interest in filmmaking and a proactive approach. To help us select a great group of young people, we’re setting a little challenge…We’re inviting YOU to tweet YOUR idea for a short film to @knowlewestmedia using the hashtag #film14. Young people can also e-mail ideas to james.kennaby@kwmc.org.uk with the title “Film 14”. It could be anything from “A dog gains superpowers and

starts fighting crime!” to “A documentary exploring young people’s hobbies in Bristol”.

We want to spread this opportunity far and wide, and we need your help! Please feel free to forward this opportunity to any relevant networks, share with friends, colleagues and anyone you think may benefit from these sessions.

For more about KWMC contact James on 0117 903 0444 or james.kennaby@kwmc.org.uk
More about the project at: www.intofilm.org
More about Chris Kemp and Suited And Booted at www.suitedandbooted.org

 

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Leinster Avenue
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