Archive / January 2012

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Just about to be Published by Faber Faber. Keeping up with the Germans by Philip Oltermann. Lots of interesting little bits to find, make, source, clear, treat, cut out & wrestle into position with this one. Found some lovely Tram tickets on ebay.de. There’s a fair pile of other little elements that didn’t make the cut too. (sorry for cheap pun) Time for a new drawer maybe, EnGERland.

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The real reason why I moved out of London to a small seaside town is because it’s nearly got more second hand book shops &  junk shops than people, and you can regularly find gems like this. I bought this on the way to the studio this morning for 10p. It was outside in a pile on the floor in the ‘January Sale’. My favourite page is the one above showing what a guide dog in Scotland looked like circa 1961.

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Sneak preview of a collage in progress for a book jacket for Faber & Faber.

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collage piles from cut it out studio on Vimeo.

I want to make some little films this year, so here’s my first rough test. I haven’t really got any film equipment so I gaffa-taped my stills camera (Canon G9) to a metre rule and stuck it to the ceiling – a pretty roughly improvised camera stand. I then got a random pile of leftover collage bits and pressed record. This is the first and only take, filmed in real time. I wasn’t really trying to make compositions, I just piled all the bits up freestyle until they were all gone. I then sped it up and dropped this track on it, all a bit crudely, but it seemed to fit, maybe because it’s fast, and retro. I’m not sure where it’s going just yet, but it’s interesting to see all these random bits moving somehow, making connections.. The start of something I hope. Let me know what you think… The music is ‘Too Fortiche’ by Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier from the ‘Les Yper Sound’ E.P, 1967.