Happy New Year (where do we go now?) #NewYearsDay #BOLAM #BolamProspective

I seem to have stumbled into a cliché. I am just about finished moving into my new studio and, as my NYE hangover fades, it genuinely feels like a new beginning. Having taken some time off from obsessing about art every day, I feel like it is time to restart some of the numerous projects that I suspended the year before last.

Still life with portable stereo and tea mugs.

It’s a very long story but, don’t worry, I’m going to give you the short version. In Spring of 2016, for complicated reasons, I decided to take some time off from the self-imposed pressure of producing something every day. Partly for financial reasons as nothing was producing any income. Partly for practical reasons as there were other pressing domestic tasks that I needed to achieve. And partly for conceptual reasons as I became disillusioned with what I perceived as unproductive work that was not having enough effect on the world outside my own home office. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but I doubt anyone would want to read about every nuance. I decided to take five months off to concentrate on other things, but it turned into 18 months, until Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway at the end of last year.
http://ricksfastarttakeaway.wordpress.com/

A friend told me that the hook line from from Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was just a placeholder for a missing lyric when they were writing the song, but it made it into the finished version. I feel like that every day, with every project that I start and every thing I do.

Where do we go now? The short version is that I don’t know but I can’t help asking myself that question over and over in a voice mocking the characteristic shrieking of Axl Rose.

New Year’s Day is normally just another day, but today I feel reinvigorated and already had a few new ideas about shooting timelapse inside and out of the windows out of my studio.

Stand by, and in the meantime, happy new year.

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IN THE PIPE (Phase I) video installation &ini residency at DINA Venue, #Sheffield January & February 2016

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I am currently “in residence” at DINA, a new venue for events, arts and education at 32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, UK. The installation is part one of phase one of a project that I have been planning for some time, called IN THE PIPE. This part of the project consists of loops of timelapse video that I shot of Park Square Roundabout in Sheffield.
http://bolamshf.wordpress.com

Phase I has no time limit, but the dates and times I will be on-site at DINA are listed here. Please come and visit and have a look around the building. I will be blogging bout my time in-residence and will be shooting more timelape video around the Sheffield Inner Ring Road as well as continuing my research & development of various digital video capture and conversion techniques. I will also be doing some work with Raspberry Pi, Linux, FFMpeg, ImageMagick, GIMP, CHDK etc.

IN THE PIPE is an umbrella project that will have several phases, all involving conceptual and aesthetic elements around road travel.
http://bolam5x5.wordpress.com