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Green light!

Delighted to have just heard the news that our 'lost' Screen East funding for the Jaywick film and outreach has been reinstated by E M Media - hurrah, we shall go to the ball after all!

Leslie Lyons & Tim Gruffydd-Jones

Cat Fancy Club talk

There's actually been a bit of a flurry of activity with the long running cats project over the last few weeks and I'm off to Belgium next week to present Cat Fancy Club as part of Alter Nature: The Unnatural Animal at Z33 in Hasselt on 17.02.2011 at 19h00.
Prompted by the pressure of a public presentation I have finally been watching some of the footage we shot exactly a year ago with Leslie Lyons on one of her research visits to the UK. Leslie is a Professor at University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, located in the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH), her research focuses on the genetics of the domestic cat and the development of genetic tools and resources that assist gene mapping in the cat and other companion animals.
Much of her time is spent travelling around the world meeting different cat breeders and talking to them about their pets, not to mention taking the occasional buccal swab! Last January we spent a very hectic two days together visiting a really fascinating group of breeders and Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones at The Feline Centre, University of Bristol (seen opposite with Leslie). It's been great watching the footage finally and I must thank Matt Jones @ Illumina for managing to get it into a format I could watch on my Mac ... now I just have to edit it.

Image: Pope & Guthrie (Photography Marc Henrie)

We made WMMNA!

As some of you will know I teach one day a week at the Royal College of Art in the Design Interactions department. Let's just say that, at times, it's quite different to the rest of my working environment and different things 'count' there ... both in terms of 'academic research' and recognition. It seems though that getting onto Regine Debatty's (really good) Blog 'We Make Money Not Art' counts for a lot - within 3 minutes of getting an email with the link from Regine I also got a text about it from Tony our professor and no less than 5 of the students mentioned it that morning. It seems after 14 odd years of working in the same department I have finally arrived!

Anyway it's a nice piece (which you can read here) about our Cat Fancy Club project which Anthony Nicols and Leslie Lyons also contributed to.