Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection transferred to the University of Malta

EDAU Collection, UCLAN, Preston: 2004-2018

I am pleased to announce that the Film and Video Artists’ Study Collection, formerly located in the Electronic and Digital Arts Unit (EDAU) at the University of Central Lancashire has recently been transferred to the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta in Valletta.

Once it has been catalogued and restored, it will once again be made accessible for scholarly research.

Climbing Mt Ishizuchi in the Autumn

Sunset on Mt Ishzuchi, Oct 4th, 2018. (Photo copyright Meigh-Andrews)

On October 4th I climbed the series of four chain routes to reach the summit of Mt Ishizuchi in Ehime Prefecture, Japan recording the sounds and images of my ascent with a 360 degree video camera. The panoramic images and sounds of the mountain landscape I have recorded will be used to develop an immersive video and sound installation which reflects my fascination with the cross-fertilization of Eastern and Western aesthetic sensibilities, both for the landscape and its tradition in art and for the intersections between nature and technology, which has been a major theme in my work for many years. The completed installation will premiere during March 2019 as part of my forthcoming solo show “The Sky is For All” at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge.

Crowd funding for new installation project

A section of the climbing route on Mt Ishizuchi, Japan.
Photo by Athena Lam

Climbing Mt. Ishizuchi, a Sacred Mountain and the highest peak in Western Japan

I am currently developing a new installation project which will involve making a high-definition panoramic video recording of my ascent to the shrine at the top of Mt Ishizuchi, one of Japan’s Seven Holy Mountains. It will take approximately 3-4 hours to climb up the perpendicular rock face making use of a trail of heavy iron chains.

Part of the route showing climbing chains
Photo by Athena Lam

I will be recording my climb with a Garmin VRIB 360 camera which has two ultra-wide angle lenses to capture a complete sphere of high-resolution video and audio of the entire surrounding view. The panoramic images and sounds of the mountain landscape recorded during the autumn season will be used to develop an immersive video and sound installation which seeks to reflect my fascination with the cross-fertilization of Eastern and Western aesthetic sensibilities, both for the landscape and its tradition in art and for the intersections between nature and technology, which have been major themes in my work for many years. The UK version will be exhibited in my solo show The Sky is For All at the Ruskin Gallery in the Cambridge School of Art in March, 2019.

The project will be mainly self-funded, but I am also seeking support via crowdfunding.

Link for further information on this project

Current Project: “Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)”

My most recent installation/sculpture is now completed. Here are some test images taken today in the Benham Project Space.

Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)”, 2018.

Detail: “Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)”, 2018.

Detail “Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario), 2018

“Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)”, 2018.