The Wholesale Markets in Birmingham shut down a month ago, Friction Arts documented the last year of the markets, and created a performance based on that work for a closing celebration.
I was asked to get involved and I decided to respond the the carboot sales that used to run there every Sunday morning.
In 1991 I first started my life in projection by buying old slide and film projectors from car boots and the Rag Market in Birmingham, without that resource of cheap redundent technology I would never have started my career, that has led into working all over the world, making visuals installations.
I returned to some of the methods I used when starting, hand painting slides and 16mm film, I also replaced the high wattage lamps with LED light sources, which allowed me to do things that would have been impossible because the heat of tungsten light sources, such as slowing the 16mm down to 2 or 3 frames per second.
Joining me on the journey was Darren Joyce, a long time friend and collaborator, and part of the Modified Toy Orchestra, who created a sound scape from circuit bent toys, keyboards and effects also sourced from carboots.
This is a short extract of the piece, filmed before the show opened, we found an old cold store to create our psychedelic space.
Many thanks to Sandra and Lee of Friction arts for inviting us to play. http://www.frictionarts.com/