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There Is a Brown Field Far Away….

Here is a nice little film made by Kettles Yard during Tomorrow, Today now up online where I stand in a windy field - eventually I tell you a bit about the early origins of Somewhere, after showing a bit of cob and rather too much white flesh :-)

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Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope from Kettle's Yard on Vimeo.

Thanks to Kettles Yard

Gathering up of Somewhere

Just one week to go till I mobilise southwards with a car full of wonders to contribute to our forthcoming show at Cambridge's lovely Kettles Yard. These things range from home-made jam to a kilt. Now that I type that it doesnt sound like much of a range.

Designer Koby Barhad has taken the show design by storm and is producing lovely things for walls and bits of paper - this scan was for one of his things, so you will be as thrilled as we are with the results I'm sure.

Opens to the public September 13 - lucky for some :-)

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Somewhere We Don't Know

Bye bye Maria D

Our latest intern Maria has recently finished her post with us and wrote this little report. Whilst we don't offer formal internships, If you think you might be able to bring something to Somewhere as an intern do get in touch with us.

I’ve spent a very exciting few months working for Somewhere and now sadly it’s time to say goodbye. My tasks involved anything and everything from finding the copyright to a Winnie-the-Pooh sticker to digitising tapes to making cob buildings.

I’ve approached Karen when I started looking for an academically assessed internship in the creative industries as part of my Masters programme. Having met her at the Floating Cinema 2013 (which Somewhere curate and program) wrap-up party I remember thinking I wanted to find out more about the organisation; and I did just that. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the different experiences I took part in while working with Nina and Karen, which often provided a practical counterpart to my theoretical academic knowledge gained at lectures and seminars. Through helping out on a variety of tasks related to the now-almost-finished feature documentary The Closer We Get, I’ve learnt a great deal about the film industry: how laborious editing a film can be, especially when faced with hours of raw material if making a documentary; how bureaucratic the process is, with permissions and licenses for virtually anything; how expensive filmmaking is, partly due to the music and other rights fees.

If I had to choose my favourite memory, it would have to be the day spent in Cambridge on the NW Cambridge building site, where Somewhere were working on their Tomorrow, Today scale model. I learnt to operate a digger, found out how cob is made (part sand, part clay, part straw) and how strong a material it is, I got to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air while spending the day doing physical work, I met volunteers from various backgrounds brought together by their engagement in the project. For me, that’s what working in the arts is all about: you never know where the project might take you, what skills you will develop, and who you will meet. Finally, the idea behind the model is beautiful in its simplicity; it is the combination of past, present and future.

I wish Nina and Karen best of luck in their future endeavours and look forward to hearing about them (and watching the final cut of The Closer We Get).

Maria

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Karen & Maria very muddy whilst working on 'Tomorrow, Today'

The Return of the Honesty Table

Very excited to announce that our Honesty Table will be part of our forthcoming mini retrospective at Kettles Yard in Cambridge (from Sept 13 2014).

For those of you not in the know, this is one teensy satellite of a global, slightly anarchic and unregulated network of artist-led honesty shops many of which you can enjoy online here at the International Village Shop. In fact shopkeeper and artist Kathrin Bohm will bring the concept to an event on our Floating Cinema on Sat. 21st September, highly recommended. Other players in the field include Grizedale Arts' permanent Coniston Honest Shop and we are all inspired by the brilliant Kate Rich's Feral Trade project.

How does it work?
Our Honesty Table is based on a low, square Japanese table, as it derived from our 'Seven Samurai' project in Japan. It has space for 6 product ranges at a time, so turnover wants to be pretty swift and product runs should be small, as should the items!
Popular things tend to be home grown fruit / veg (bagged up pref.), jams and pickles, baking, small craft items. Suppliers can label their stuff up with a recommended price but the money collecting jars are not policed so you get what you get! Extra stock can be shelved below the table but suppliers should be prepared to visit the gallery during opening hours often to check on their stock and income.
Items should be hand-made or small scale production and local-ish. Common sense should prevail as there are no guarantees - i.e don't expect to sell raw sausages or home-made porn from it.

Occasionally Nina and I will contribute some stuff, and it's been known to appear on eBay shortly afterwards at a considerable mark-up. We're fine with that :-)

So if you're local to Cambridge and make, bake or gather suitable stock, get in touch if you'd like to 'sell' on the Table during the show.

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'the honesty table' at the opening of the Northern Art Prize

Photo: Nina Pope

A little bit B&J

I'm up on Mull at the moment and as we are re-visiting A Hypertext Journal (affectionately known as AHJ to Somewhere) for our Kettles Yard show I've been rather enjoying some time on the Boswell & Johnson trail again. The Ulva ferry is still under the confident command of Donald who took Karen and I over there in 1996 ... I don't, however, recall seeing this very strange little model
In the Mull Museum then!

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Busy Busy Busy

What week we have had, with bizarre work-related activities ranging from stencilling our heads on hessian (pictured) to polishing up The Closer We Get and trialling a mini muddy version of Tomorrow, Today for our upcoming Kettles Yard show. It's been mostly very experimental and fun, which is sometimes a rarity with all the admin. so much of our work entails!

Without our actual presence there have also been some great Floating Cinema events curated by us, including a world pop presentation by music uberexpert Kieron Tyler.

It's all going swimmingly :-)

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The Year of the Pumpkin

I LOVE this pumpkin photo board that The Friends of Abbey Gardens have been using to publicise our Pumpkinfest in September ... Beautifully modelled here by Andreas who I believe instigated the board production!

You can see everyone who had a go in the hot spot at the Newham Mayor's show here.

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The Closer We Get - outreach workshop

Thanks to all at Gorton Stroke Cafe in Manchester and to the Stroke Association for inviting us to deliver what was a really thought-provoking workshop with our new film The Closer We Get.

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Stroke survivors and carers at Gorton Stroke Cafe

Contra Band

I had the pleasure of hosting the first night of our new Live Art Commission for the Floating Cinema on Saturday - Contra Band by Leah Lovett. Having produced quite a few pieces of work ourselves over the years which use mobile streaming/communication/live performance Karen and I certainly know the pit falls of this kind of work! I can't say that Contra Band was with out all the regular hitches and glitches that this brings but what it really reminded me, is of the surprise and at times quite intimate joy, working with live remote performance can bring.

This piece is essentially a live music set performed from two venues - one on the boat and one at Casa 24 in Rio. The two musicians alternate singing banned songs from each country while the other tries to accompany them via the live stream. It all makes for a funny, quirky but at times also moving performance. Aside from the music some of the incidental moments that occurred on the move were lovely - a woman in a dog costume dancing in Brazil and a group of small children running alongside us by the canal in Hackney Wick - a sunny evening and some great songs. With Ian Dury and Gilberto Gil in the same set, what's not to like? See it at the next venue at the end of July when we'll be in Central London.

Many thanks to Leah and Sandy as her 'stand in', the musicians Nick Underwood and Raphael Dos Santos and to Philipe Espindola at CASA 24 and LADA for helping us to commission the work.

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Contra Band by Leah Lovett Photo: Nina Pope

Umit in the house!

A wonderful evening on board the floating cinema tonight with Liam Saint-Pierre & local Hackney Legend Umit (of Clapton's Umit & Sons) - a wonderful new documentary, some great anecdotes and if course some 'real' film ... All to a packed house.

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