I’m very pleased to announce that I am now in the early stages of development for a new projection artwork to appear on Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The project, working title Text and Texture, will explore some of plays of Shakespeare and the materials and patterns of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

I am creating Text and Texture for a commission by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and follows on from their highly successful Christmas Lightshow in 2013…..

I hope to take a slightly different path in this years show, using realtime software instead of a pre-made video.

There are so many interesting challenges with this project, and it might be considered a daunting task to work with the greatest playwright in the world. Although probably the many Shakespeare scholars’ opinions will be more daunting. I will be progressing my word analysis approach used in my recent OAK project. By conducting software analysis of Shakespeare’s words I will be seeking patterns and commonly used themes. Concurrently, I will be exploring pattern in the soft furnishings, wallpapers, clothes of the period. Combining these together I will make a show that will be full of colour and meaning. More to come on this later.

Another challenge is the building itself. Built in Tudors times, this fine building presents a complex surface of wooden beams, plaster and leaded windows. I hope to make use of the patchwork of shapes to create lively and sequential imagery, following a period of research in the impressive archive held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. One of the most exciting parts of the project will be the possibility of working with actors who will interact with the nightly performance. As my work will be software driven, I hope to enable a level of control and flexibility, that may even allow for improvisation.

The show will start at the end of November, subject to success in a current Arts Council bid. So stay tuned for more news!

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