I would like to speak a little about Cai Weidong (one syllable pronounced ts-a-ee), the Chinese artist from this year’s UNIDEE residency. So Cai arrives here with not one word of English, which makes things a little difficult as English is the language of the residency. At first, it seemed an insurmountable obstacle, he has a small electronic translator with him, but it takes forever to tap words out on it, so it is not exactly conducive to exchange or dialogue, but little by little we get to know each other using google translator and a lot of sign language.
The other day a Chinese friend he had made came in to translate for him during his presentation which was a revelation as he finally relaxed as he was able to communicate fluidly. His work is strong, he is a photographer and works at an extremely high level both technically and aesthetically, touching on classical, satirical and potentially polemic themes. We were all slightly giddy with this new possibility to communicate with a person who has hitherto been present but a bit of an enigma…he is learning a little English now, and google translator is really quite good…really can’t wait to see what he does here in the next 4 months…Will post examples of his work here (if he lets me) in the future.
A film i was recently commissioned to make, the brief being to create a silent short film using the footage gathered during the 5 day workshop for Methods Processes of Change in Biella in 2010. The result is the 6 minute film below which comes from around 24 hours of footage and a small mountain of digital photographs…
Forgive the minor trumpet blowage, but the blog got a wee mention on Guardian website yesterday, click on article to go to actual site…
…and coincidentally one of my photos taken in Portobello (for more on Edinburgh seaside area known as Portobello, see previous post) was included in their favourite photos of Edinburgh…Improved traffic to my blog for a day or two!
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Tagged article, bee, blog, edinburgh, guardian, margarita vazquez ponte, margavp, portobello, seaside
The blog has been going for just over a year now. I began it to record a project i was running in India, in an orphanage called Daddy’s Home in rural Andhra Pradesh…Obviously it has grown into something more now, but i digress…the point is that i am going back to India, to that same orphanage in Buddavaram and to the same school where i taught for 5 weeks this time last year. Keep watching for updates and i will hope that the internet is slightly less erratic than it was last year!. Checked the weather…can expect a week of thunderstorms and temps around 30C…
For more on the classes i taught and the material produced by the students from last year, click on the images below:
the alphabet project
Am not really one for nostalgia nor wallowing in the past, but thought i would mention that i am thinking of a new project for next year with a new website/blog apart from this one that will involve a lot of the two aforementioned “evils”…SO, I want to build up an online archive of the Edinburgh indie scene of the 80’s and 90’s…not comprehensive, just my little part in it. I was in quite a few bands at the time and along with like-minded pals, promoted a lot of gigs and club nights. The point being that i have all this rather amazing stuff from the time that needs a home other than the back of my closet. In the spirit of this “nostalgia” i have found quite a lot of stuff on some of my old bands posted on YouTube by who knows who…
This is the video to the Adam Faith Experience by Jesse Garon and the Desperadoes (i was the drummer). The film was made on super 8 by a good friend of ours from the time Dennis Wheatley (not the author of the Wicker Man!) while we were recording in London.
…and while i am on the subject of speaking of indie, i happened upon this for the first time in many, many years on YouTube.
The Boys Next Door – Shivers (1979)
It was written by the late Rowland Howard (when he was 16 years old)…am amazed at how good it still sounds. Me and my flatmates of the time had the extreme pleasure of hosting Rowland for a few days in Edinburgh back in the 80’s, when he was playing in town with Nikki Sudden’s Jacobites. He was a total gent and i could not believe my luck, my introduction to music came though discovering John peel when i was around 14 or 15 and the 2 bands that i became instantly obsessed with were The Birthday Party and Orange Juice. RH regaled us with fantastic tales of early Birthday Party and Tracy Pew stealing guitar amps (still plugged in to the music store) armed only with a push-bike for a getaway. I still remember him pottering around our grubby little Tollcross flat in vivid Hawaiian boxer shorts of a morning…
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Tagged Adam Faith Experience, edinburgh, indie, indie memorabillia, indie music, jesse garon and the desperadoes, margavp, rowland howard, super 8, the boys next door, tracy pew, video