Mayes Creative produces creative engagement opportunities for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. In partnership with heritage, science and technology partners, we aim to bring exciting events, activities & experiences to communities, whilst constantly seeking new and innovative ways to share and explore inspiring ideas through collaboration. We aim to illuminate and surprise, making apparently complex or difficult ideas fun and accessible to everyone!
The Meteor: film pod on tour...
Our portable film environment is now taking on the second leg of it's tour around Cornwall. On Tuesday 19th March 2019 we visited the Secondary Schools STEM fair at the Royal Cornwall Showground (supported by Cornwall Council and Feast), then headed to Penzance to share the pod with Pensans & Nancealverne Schools (supported by local Cornwall Councillor Tim Dwelly's Community Chest Fund) before heading to Lizard Point YHA, via Mullion School, in the following week... We had a fantastic time with some exciting transport moments along the way! Thanks once again to Arts Council England, Feast and the Cornwall Industrial Trust for making the whole project possible.
Our Meteor: Film Pod had its first outing, at Cornwall Film Festival last year, landing at Falmouth Moor, surprising (and so we hear, delighting...) passers by. Our initial concept of a dry space to share films from our Deep Time Film Call has been expanded into an amazing sculpture, created by artists Andrew Bird and Christina Romero-Cross, which lends the idea of a meteor coming to earth. Artist Jo Mayes and creative technologist Ben Chew have been working on extending our mini cosmic ray detector into being able to control video and sound, creating a dynamic installation which responds to the presence of cosmic rays as they hit our atmosphere! The Rays were with us and successfully controlled the film and sound, with excellent feedback about the way in which we managed to work across art and science in an engaging way. Success! Thanks to all involved for making this a reality - including everyone who helped move the pod in and out of position (including the police escort but that's another story!!).
Find out more about the story of the amazing film pod here!
Inside the pod we screen our 100ft of Deep Time films (commissioned with support from LUX and Plymouth University), created by artists Aoife Desmond, James Holcombe, Melanie King, Rob Gawthrop & Jo Millett , Michael Eddy, Rachael Allain, Karen Abadie and Stuart Moore. Details here.
The playback of the films is controlled by our new cosmic ray detector, changing the playback from single screen to triptych and activating a different musical loop each time (created by Michelson Morley as part of our Deep Space project).
Lizard Point Artist Residency 28-31 March 2019
100ft of Deep Time: Filmmakers' screenings - ongoing
Education: How do you make films about the stars?
As part of our Dark Skies: Bright Stars project, young filmmakers at Liskeard school worked with Jo Mayes and Jacqui Knight from Cinestar to think about and work out ways of making films about the history of astronomy....how do you show time, stars, our relationships to planets without telescopes? Students saw examples of films from artists Derek Jarman and SemiConductor to help them find creative inspiration... Students filmed glitter in water and food dye in the air to represent the stars, alongside filming light in unusual ways to help think about our relationship to time, waves and particles.
Black holes, Neutron Stars and Gamma Ray Bursts.....
Shipwreck Invention Challenge!
We have been delighted by the response to our summer Shipwreck Inventions Challenge, produced in partnership with the wonderful Kids Invent Stuff youtube channel! The video below lets us know which crazy invention will be created....watch this space to hear how the team got on with building the winning invention!
Deep Space at Sterts Theatre
Thanks to everyone involved in putting on our amazing Deep Space performance event! It was a wonderful end to a really interesting and enjoyable research process, which involved music, choreography and live visuals practitioners all working with scientists and computer engineers to understand more about Deep Space and cosmic rays. Many thanks to Mike and Robert from Software Cornwall and Ben Chew for helping to make our cosmic ray (muon) detector dreams into interactive reality!
A taster of our music and visuals for our Deep Space performance this Saturday at Sterts theatre... A unique collaboration between jazz music, film and professional dance. We hope to see you there!
Dark Skies: Bright Stars and Deep Space...
WE ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO LEARN MORE about the world we live in, through creative exploration. Our next phase moves into the exciting territory of deep space astronomy and Cosmic Rays....
Phase 2 We have been working with ideas inspired by Deep Space and Cosmic Rays in particular, with funding support from Arts Council England, Cornwall Industrial Trust and Feast. Software Cornwall are partnering with us to deliver exciting science and technology engagement opportunities for artists which will be announced shortly! Watch out for these amazing opportunities in your area.
Our Deep Space activities are now well under way, where we are extending our focus out into space, through learning about the presence of particles from Deep Space, know as Cosmic Rays, on earth. We have worked with Ian Falconer to develop the project and Software Cornwall have partnered with us to develop a simple cosmic ray detector, using a Raspberry Pi to process the information which we receive from the detectors, helping us to sift through the background radiation and spot the particles which have amazingly made it from the tumultuous activity in Deep Space all the way to earth!
Headline image credit: Lizard Point Lighthouse (Gavan Goulder 2019)