The Meteor film pod landed on Falmouth Moor!
We were very excited to be giving our film pod it's first outing, at Cornwall Film Festival last Saturday! 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!!).
More about the amazing film pod here!
Inside the pod we screen our 100ft of Deep Time films, 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).
We are planning further outings - more info here or join our mailing list/follow on social media for details.
Don't miss our special autumn events in Penwith libraries....
We are delighted to be offering these exciting FREE events in both St Ives and Penzance libraries, starting with Laura's fabulous bird migration-inspired creative workshop in Penzance & St Ives Libraries having now been completed. All helping us to learn about the story of astronomy in Cornwall whilst having side-splitting fun!
Navigating Across Land and Sea
Deep Space Gallery of artist images now online!
As part of our 'Deep Space' research and performance project, artist Andrea Carr is invited artists, makers and enthusiasts to contribute images which then transformed into costumes to be worn by our professional dancers as part of our Deep Space performance at Sterts on 21st April.
Images from our call can be viewed in our Deep Space gallery - click here to view - and we will soon be adding images of the costumes to which they contributed....
Amazing Goonhilly event!
We were delighted to partner with Goonhilly and CAST/Groundwork to offer a special event earlier this year. It was a wonderful chance to learn more about how artists work with science and to have a hands on experience of working with the Raspberry Pi mini-computer, followed by a chance to see the wonderful Groundwork film screenings of work by SemiConductor and Simon Starling. Goonhilly Artist in Residence Paula Bolton shared her experience of making work at the site, with an intro to Goonhilly & cosmic rays (the inspiration for Mayes Creative's latest project) by Dr Kat Hickey, Business Development & Training Manager for Goonhilly & Robert Wiltshire, astronomer and Software Cornwall tutor. Thanks to our funders Arts Council England and Feast for helping to make this happen with support from Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, CAST and Software Cornwall. Click here for more info
100ft of Deep Time: Filmmakers' opportunity
The deadline for this call has now closed. Artist filmmakers have been chosen and are getting ready to make their films. These films will be shown in our sculptural Film Pod which is having its first outing at the Cornwall Film Festival in November (see above) Future screenings to follow.
As part of our Deep Space project, we invited expressions of interest from 16/8 mm filmmakers to make a short film about Deep Time.
Our film call panel has chosen 9 artists to make their short film; we provide 100ft of film (black and white or colour) and high quality telecine.
Timescales are tight - this is a chance to take a more spontaneous approach to filmmaking, with only one week for making and one for digital editing.
We hope you enjoy the challenge! Click here for more details
Funded by Arts Council England, Feast & Cornwall Industrial Trust with support from LUX, Cinestar and Plymouth University
Stars and Stones: Sound & Film Jams May 2,3,4
Artists and musicians signed up for a half day session with us on the Weds 2nd or Thurs 3rd May, working with sound and film practitioners in the beautiful settings of the Penwith stone circles; the Merry Maidens, Nine Maidens and Boscawen Un. Artists had a chance to work alongside Paper Cinema’s Chris Reed recording environmental sound, with Robin Tyndale-Biscoe on sonic testing of ancient sites and handmadefilm.org’s Robert Schaller on site-specific analogue filming and hand processing. An open editing day followed at Lands End YHA where we processed/looked at what we had created.
Bring your own skills and practice along to see how this work might inform your own approaches to work in the ancient sites of West Penwith.
Click here for further details
MAYES CREATIVE produce creative engagement opportunities for Cornwall, Devon and Isles of Scilly. In partnership with heritage, science and technology partners, our aim is to bring exciting events, activities and experiences to local communities, whilst continually seeking new ways to share inspiring ideas through creative collaboration.
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!
Dark Skies Activities on Penwith & Isles of Scilly
Reg Payn has been working with Five Islands School, with 5 days of puppetry fun for junior aged children resulting in a wonderful showing of all their work at the end of last term. Reg visited St Agnes and Tresco, alongside the main school at St Mary's. Craig from Squashbox Theatre also made a flying visit to the school (well in fact the plane had engineering trouble so we took the ferry, but that's another story.....!) and was very well received by the children and staff. Thanks to Reg, Craig and the school staff and children for making both events a great success.
Navigation Heritage learning for Penwith Choirs
Pip Wright started her Navigation heritage songwriting project by leading an exciting navigation heritage workshop with people from the Penwith area, at Marazion Village Hall. 84 people turned out to learn about heritage navigation from local speakers and enjoy a cream tea!
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!
Mayes Creative is now completing our exciting project series, inspired by the Bodmin Moor Dark Skies bid. Our first phase, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast, involved looking at the heritage of astronomy in Cornwall, working with Brian Sheen of the Roseland Observatory & Caroline Kennett of South West Astronomy Heritage and our team of artists. This was followed by work in Penwith and Isles of Scilly, which we are now completing.
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!
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Headline image credit: Meteor: Film Pod (Andrew Bird, 2018)