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Aleksandra Mir

Aleksandra Mir

Website design & build with Content Management System.

Alekdandra Mir commisioned The Useful Arts to help take her old, self built, flat HTML website which had long been managed by her assistant, and create something that was consistent, clean and thoroughly interlinked that she could manage herself. The resultant website provides comprehensive documentation of 19 years of her work.

"This website is my Cadillac", Aleksandra Mir.

http://www.aleksandramir.info/

The Floating Cinema Boat

The Floating Cinema Boat

Broadcasting System + Cinema Space

Following from The Useful Arts involvement in developing the website for the 2011 Floating Cinema Website we were invited to advise on the setup of the equipment for the new Floating Cinema to provide A/V equipment for film presentation and providing live internet streaming from the boat.

The Useful Arts developed a bespoke webcam, GPS tracking and multi-camera streaming solution that could be used on the boat. We worked closely with the commisioners UP Projects, architects Duggan Morris , artists Somewhere and the boat builders at Turks Shipyard, from the initial concept for the boat through the design and build of the boat to make sure the systems were well integrated into the fabric of the boat.

The technology on the boat was integrated into the Floating Cinema website, also developed by The Useful Arts

http://floatingcinema.info/

Recent, and not so recent, work

Earlier this week I put live a new website for Jaywick Escapes, a film by long time collaborators somewhere.

In doing so I realised I've been really busy for the last year, but seemingly have nothing to show. I've been working on a few bigger projects which will be launching shortly, and have been all consuming. Along the way I've been doing lots of updates to existing client sites, and I've manged to fit in some small new projects as well.

First of all I've failed to mention the Floating Cinema website in my news, even though it's lurking in my portfolio, which though now past will be making a return later this year. Since then I've also produced an updated version of Colchester Inn for Public Works was created, complete with an in exhbition interactive for the Knick Knack Cloud component that allowed people to hear stories by swiping the knick knacks over and RFID reader; a portfolio site for film editor Adam Mufti; a portfolio site for artist Rebecca Rendell; done an exchange of services produce a promotional website for my friendly heating engineers, A1 Boilers, who saved me from a cold winter two years in a row; created a petition website to help Aleksandra Mir put Freddie on the Plinth; and finally, created a music download site for experimental musicians Squares and Triangles.

Amongst all that production work I've been working with Cornerhouse and Grizedale Arts on getting them up and running with a live HD Video streaming setup as a part of the Arts Council's 'Broadcast Project' research initiative into how arts organisations can use high end video equipment to broaden their audience reach. And working on these other big projects, and a couple of others that didn't quite make it ... yet.

So not had much time to keep this website updated.

published 2012.03.23

Recent, and not so recent, work

Earlier this week I put live a new website for Jaywick Escapes, a film by long time collaborators somewhere.

In doing so I realised I've been really busy for the last year, but seemingly have nothing to show. I've been working on a few bigger projects which will be launching shortly, and have been all consuming. Along the way I've been doing lots of updates to existing client sites, and I've manged to fit in some small new projects as well.

First of all I've failed to mention the Floating Cinema website in my news, even though it's lurking in my portfolio, which though now past will be making a return later this year. Since then I've also produced an updated version of Colchester Inn for Public Works was created, complete with an in exhbition interactive for the Knick Knack Cloud component that allowed people to hear stories by swiping the knick knacks over and RFID reader; a portfolio site for film editor Adam Mufti; a portfolio site for artist Rebecca Rendell; done an exchange of services produce a promotional website for my friendly heating engineers, A1 Boilers, who saved me from a cold winter two years in a row; created a petition website to help Aleksandra Mir put Freddie on the Plinth; and finally, created a music download site for experimental musicians Squares and Triangles.

Amongst all that production work I've been working with Cornerhouse and Grizedale Arts on getting them up and running with a live HD Video streaming setup as a part of the Arts Council's 'Broadcast Project' research initiative into how arts organisations can use high end video equipment to broaden their audience reach. And working on these other big projects, and a couple of others that didn't quite make it ... yet.

So not had much time to keep this website updated.

published 2012.03.23

Designing With Children

Designing With Children

Following previous work with Sheffield University School of Architecture The Useful Arts were recommend to help a group researching children's involvement in architectural projects create a developing database of projects to illustrate how children can be involved in design works.

The design is based around a stack of cards which works across desktop and mobile devices to allow users of the database to browse through and filter the projects in a quick and easy way.

http://www.designingwithchildren.net/

Read Aloud

Read Aloud

Interactive Museum Installation & Website Design & Development.

Read Aloud is an Installation created for the launch of the New Media Collection at The National Media Museum, Bradford, UK. An idea by Ross Phillips, The Useful Arts were responsible for the design and build of the full technology system to facilitate this ambitious idea.

The project highlighted the Internet's ability to facilitate collaboration on large efforts by engaging visitors to the museum to contribute to recording an video book. Each book was split into a number of lines which the visitors could then perform in a booth built in the museum. The video was then uploaded to the corresponding website for the project in realtime. The resultant book reading could also be viewed in the gallery and foyer of the museum.

The Useful Arts designed and developed all of the software to facilitate all of this interaction to work seamlessly with no support for gallery attendants, amasing a huge database of video clips which were stitched together in realtime to perform the readings of the book in the gallery.

The accompanying website allows visitors to browse through all of the videos or to search for their own clip. A responsive design approach was taken to make the website easily accessible on mobile phone, allowing for users to immediately interact with the website and their video clip following it's recording.

http://www.readaloud.info

Jaywick Escapes

Jaywick Escapes

Website Design & Development with Content Management System.

To promote Somewhere's feature documentary The Useful Arts created a single page site that used photographs from the film to illustrate the transition of the story in the film. The site also uses repsonsive design techniques to present a more mobile friendly version of the site.

http://www.jaywickescapes.com

Matthew Shipp, Paul Dunmall, John Edwards, Mark Sanders @ The Vortex 08/09/2011

Shipp, Dunmall, Edwards, Sanders

After the previous night of Matthew Shipp and Evan Parker, which was unexpectedly dissapointing, this evening was incredibly refreshing. Perhaps too much so at time, the intensity with which the quartet pounded forward left them with little time to explore the subtle interactions they could have with each other. Inbetween the frenetics all too brief fragments of duos shone out, illuminating the interactions between each instrumentalist, which were often lost in the rest of drive forward - not that they were not there, just lease easy to discern.

This clip catches the last few minutes of the second set. 

published 2011.09.09 updated 2017.06.26

The Wire

The Wire

Website Development with CMS and E-Commerce.

The Useful Arts were commisioned to help The Wire take their existing website, along with 7 years of data posted into their previous CMS, and upgrade it to a new, more dynamic, format. The new site gives them more control over how content is featued and interlinked, improves the quality of their content management system, and provides an overhauled shop system. The new site serves as a starting point for the future development of The Wire's online development, allowing them to update and adapt more quickly.

I continue to work with The Wire on an ongoing basis updating and improving their website with extended functionality and design refinements, including retrofitting a responsive design onto the site.

Graphic Design by Ben Weaver

http://www.thewire.co.uk/

Trio Cutty Sark - Lunching Laughing Learning

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Trio Cutty Sark - Lunching Laughing Learning

I've not actually been listening to this lately, but when I first came across it in 2004 I was really taken by cut up the narrative through it, the snippets of conversation pasted together, the place, the references.

Today I had a meeting, and I was reminded of it; I believe I may have been in the space the two gents featured in this track were lunching, laughing and learning in.  

I'm not sure if this came out anywhere else, but I came across it in Issue No.1 of Vibro - the Inside Out Issue

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