These films are made during 1 to 4 day residencies and have taken place in VAI's artspace at St Mary's at the Quay, Ipswich, for Sideshow, Nottingham, at the Foundling Museum, London, as part of the Stoke on Trent arts festival Axis 08 and at DCP in San Francisco. The central idea of the project is that the process of film making is out of my immediate control.
The project involves introducing self powered automata and camera carrying devices into a space. The 'actors' are usually also clockwork and battery power automata cobbled together from bits and pieces. These creatures seldom perform as expected, breaking, failing and surprising in turn. The ensuing films are always highly local and contingent relying almost totally on whatever is to hand.