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Sat 30th June 2007
Visited the Fierce Tunnel Vision %EXT%
event today. The tunnel in question runs from The Mailbox across to New St Station and was previously used to transport letters to and from the mail trains.
I'd booked for the 2pm visit, and it was quite busy, with the party of 20 or so being split into two groups. Nipping quickly through a service door and down in a lift brought us to the basement and into the world which is normally hidden.
Inside the tunnel, installations of lights, projections and found objects where accompanied by a varied soundscape which reflected the visuals and the space. The final section was in darkness, illuminated by blinding white flashes of light from the end of the tunnel, silhouetting the other visitors. Well worth a visit, it's free and open Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July. Book on 0121 244 8084 or if you're passing drop in at the desk outside the BBC in the Mailbox.
- Light at the end of the tunnel:
Tue 26th June 2007
Birmingham Surveillance Blog
Red Line Surveillance
are watching the people of Birmingham. Unlike the other surveillance going on in the city, they put their findings up on the web for us all to see. They're operating from the Festival of Xtreme Building site and various other locations around town.
Sun 24 Jun 2007
Quite a wet day but the mud isn't as bad as 2005. Saw Marcus Brigstock, Ed Byrne, Brendan Byrne, and various others. Also heard Go Team play on The Other Stage.
Posted on the move at 23:15
Sat 23 Jun 2007
Seize the Day
Seeing Seize the Day is a bit of Glastonbury tradition. They attract a loyal and lively crowd with lots me dancing, especially for the "shackle shuffle". They appeared in the solar powered Croisant Neuf tent.
Posted on the move at 22:49
Fri 22 Jun 2007
Another slightly strange elephant. Can you spot what is wrong with this picture?
Posted on the move at 18:29
Fri 22 Jun 2007
Late Shift at the Lock Up
Just finished my night shift on the "lockup", more clearly known as left-luggage. The first band started on the pyramid stage at 10:34 so not sure how much beauty sleep I will get
Last night it pelted down for a couple or three hours, but mud isn't too bad yet. Wait till 200,000 people have walked through it though!
Posted on the move at 10:58
Fri 22 Jun 2007
Use Your Legs
The railway track has been renamed The Green Way and decorated with signs and art, such as this slightly spooky doll leg sculpture.
Posted on the move at 7:31
Thu 21 Jun 2007
Weds afternoon: This oddly posed statue of a dragon can be seen in the stone circle field.
Posted on the move at 15:40
Wed 20 Jun 2007
My first live post from Glastonbury. The Portiso Quartet are playing up in the stone circle field. Double base, one of those straight saxes plus a strange kettle like steel drum. Check their myspace for some great jazzy fun sounds. They are playing at chai wallah's tent twice a day.
Posted on the move at 21:44
Tue 19 Jun 2007
test mobile blogging
Testing..2 This is an Elephant...
Posted on the move at 12:07
Monday 18th June 2007
Another new blogger to add to the list of Birmingham Bloggers
- Richard Batsford %EXT%
, musician, comedy booker and all round nice guy.
Plans for Project X %EXT%
2007 are also well underway, and documented on their their blog
Birmingham Friends of the Earth
Another recent group blog is the Birmingham Friends of the Earth Blog %EXT%
. This is the 30th Anniversary %EXT%
of BFOE moving into their building in Digbeths know as The Warehouse
and you can find out more about how they're tackling local, national and international environmental issues on the Birmingham Friends of the Earth Website %EXT%
or by signing up for their newsletter %EXT%
Sunday 17th June 2007
Leamington Peace Festival
Leamington Peace Festival is renowned for always being sunny, and this year was no exception. Despite parts of the site being six inches under water on Friday, we were happily free from mud, although some of the ground was incredibly springy - like someone had buried a mattress underneath it!
Birmingham's Notorious Choir %EXT%
played on the bandstand, I haven't seen them for a while and was impressed by the harmonies in Barbara-Anne and the fact that I could hear the words in all the covers perfectly, filling in a lot of gaps in my musical knowledge. Notorious are playing for free at the MAC
on the evening of Tuesday 26th June, and I think I'm fairly safe in saying that there will be a BBQ there too, so head down and get some summer relaxation in.
Kate Goes... %EXT%
played on the main stage right after Notorious. This gig's theme was "Kate Goes...Loud" so we had loud clothes (Kate's were particularly impressive) and loud vocals! One of the hallmarks of Kate Goes... songs is the large dynamic, vocal and musical range. From loud and noise to quiet and sweet, instantly, with no mistakes. From porcupine to frog, or from love to sillyness, Kate Goes... were tight. One bonus of the sound setup was that the lyrics were particularly clear this time.
If you missed them, you can catch Kate Goes... on the 13th July at the Jug of Ale
with the fantabulous and weird Bom and His Magic Drumstick
I like a band where you can hear the words.... not like this modern music.... you can't hear the words, and you can't whistle the tune... call that music etc... etc...
is a new directory of green products and services in the UK. I've bumped into them at both the Birmingham City Council Environment Day and the Leamington Peace Festival today. Great idea and best of luck to them!
Friday 7th June 2007
Festival of Xtreme Building Launch
Today I took part in the launch event for the Festival of Xtreme Building %EXT%
. Organised by Kindle Theatre %EXT%
with musical direction from KTB %EXT%
. We were the X-Nation, arriving with our queen to set up home at the festival site. It was a thoroughly enjoyably experience, with dohl drummers, a samba band, bollywood dancers and harmonic singing. I'll leave it up to you to work out where I fitted in!
A mammoth amount of work on behalf of the organisers, which paid off rather well I think!
Saturday 2nd June 2007
A busy day...
Hide and Seek in the Grass
Digbeth space has moved to Heath Mill Lane, just down the road from Vivid. I turned up at 1pm on the dot to find the gates opening and a within 10 minutes there were a dozen or so people wandering around - great attendance for a sunny Saturday.
Inside we found a beautiful meadow, complete with wild flowers from the Digbeth area, growing under the half-glazed roof of this ex-factory. The Shakespeare in Taxi
taxi, with accompanying cartoon stories stood in the adjacent bay. In the back, a short passage led us to a darkened room in which two projection screens showed performers creeping out of hiding places in a nicely furnished room. My cough on entering sent them scurrying back to their hiding places, as did any loud noise, and I felt quite sorry for them, having to repeat this performance again and again. After a while, I... Well. No. I'm not going to say, but I'm sure you will too if you get the chance to see this excellent piece. Unfortunately this was the last day for this, so you won't see it in Brum for a while.
Wake Up and Hide:
Shakespeare in Taxi:
Drums, owls, textile computing and a sermon
Just 50 meters down the road, Vivid was hosting it's latest exhibition, which includes: Juneau Projects computer game in which you can control a flying owl using real guitars and a drum kit; Kate Pemberton's cross-stiched multiples such as the "C:/" badge shown below - a must have and available from her website %EXT%
; Chris Keenan's research on the Plastic People of the Universe; A model of Colin Pearce and Ranbir Lal's building (the real thing is up on the Festival of Extreme Building
site; Faye Claridge's rural photos of the Czech republic; and Harminder Singh Judge's Video Sermon
using an oral prosthetic that recites the text for him!
Kate Pemberton - Badges:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Day of the Figurines
Day of the Figurines %EXT%
is a game created by Blast Theory %EXT%
- I played their street running game, Uncle Roy is All Around You
, back in 2004
. To play Day of the Figurines
you have to visit Wolverhampton Art Gallery, pick a small plastic figure to represent yourself, and fill in a few details about your character. Mine's called "Boyd". Then you send and receive txt messages which move your character, and let you chat with other people playing the game. Should be fun...
Day of the Figurines
Wolverhampton gallery had lots of other interesting exhibitions, including giant mushrooms and many different types of flowers made out of wire.
Kate Goes... and Dufus
Down to the Actress and Bishop
to see Kate Goes... and anti-folk heros Dufus. Kate's theme for this gig was Kate Goes...and gets a Job
, so we had a solicitor, a rigger, a pizza hut person and a conductor on stage. Unfortunately, cricket accidents meant they had no drummer this gig.
Dufus played a mammoth set - about 2 hours I think, including, near the end, my favourites Having a party
and Wee ma moo
Friday 1st June 2007
Gob Squad - Kitchen
I've seen Gob Squad's %EXT%
work before - at Fierce 2006
and been very impressed. This Fierce they're playing at the Warwick Arts Centre, with their show Kitchen
. Kitchen recreats the film of the same name by Andy Warhol. Before the action starts, we're allowed to wander "backstage" - well, behind the three giant projection screens at the front of the stage, to see the sets. What we see as an audience is live video from this set, on the three screens, but as the play progresses, performers venture out into the audience and the members of the audience move onto the stage.
Gob Squad are, as always, warm, friendly, engaging and human. The play, if that's what it is, really "turned me on" to the work of Warhol and I'll try and see some of the films they referenced. If you get the chance to see Gob Squad, go see them. They also had some DVDs of previous performances (also available online
), so I snapped up one of Super Night Shot and another of King Kong Club.
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