On Saturday 9 February, with the raising of 3 glasses of whisky, we launched the latest addition to the ongoing evolving collection of developments for the project we call TRANSIT.
We wanted to approach the construction of this video as a collaborative flexible project, so lots of the development happened online via Google Docs, alongside the regular meetings. This way we could continue to add ideas, bang thoughts around, and share provocations of how we thought the visuals could take shape.
After a day of filming raw band footage we came to the idea to crowd-source a choir for a specific section in the song. We created a call-out to interested people, and then waited for the responses to return to us. We collected twelve home-made clips in total, from as far afield as Sweden, Czech Republic, Okinawa, France, Australia, Auckland and Invercargill. We received more footage than could be actually be used but we loved what was sent, and we hope you are all happy with what we have done with your contributions. The actual graft work was all John, we were simply the unhuh?folk, the what if? folk, the how about? folk.
John, we want to say, “Huge thanks and gratitude for your willingness, patience and inspiration”. Thanks also to Mark Leong for helping out with the space for the filming of the band.
THANK YOU to the following for contributing to the crowd sourced section:
- David Edwards
- Tao Well
- Maurice Priestley
- Jo Davidsson
- Steve Dean and the Neuro ward staff
- Los Black Dog
- Chris Rankin
- Hilary Binder
- Katrena Kemp
- Shaun Helmsley
- Eric Boros
- Marylise Frenchville & Ildiko
- Emitir Snake-Beings
- Blair Jones
- Simon Hartman
- Paul Harvey
While trawling through that old cardboard box in the top of the cupboard, the one that I call Archive, I stumbled across a disc containing most of sterile’s first performance at the Czech venue Vrah in 2005. Vrah is reportedly one of the oldest eastern punk European squats, and is in the town of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. Discovering this disc again is a wonderful find. I had forgotten how good the quality of the video was. So, utilising some slick imovie skill the following clip was compiled for you pleasure. (If the person who filmed this see’s this, please contact me so I can credit you properly)
It was an astounding tour, the quality of the audio on the disc is brilliant, and it was a thoroughly engaging evening. It was brilliant to find these two songs in their entirety, Krashenbanger’s Return, and Flash and Exposure. It was a stirling line-up at this show.
The next clip was inspired in part from finding the previous disc, AND that were were making a presentation for the ICOT Conference, an international conference on thinking. Our presentation is mostly around the development of the album Transit, the thought processes around re-imagining, design, planning, and taking opportunities. In part of the presentation we need a few minutes to change, so we created the following video. This is a (not complete) video compilation of the last 12 years in a five minutes clip. We based it on the original video for the song Hulagu, from our first album of the same name, made by video artist Mike Heynes (see below).
The original Hulagu video by Mike Heynes
This clip was made by someone from Hamilton, thanks to who ever you are. It’s a short presentation of our chat to the song Pop Sickle at the recent Hamilton Fringe Festival 2011. The afternoon consisted of a 90 minute walk through conversation, discussing the content of the lyrics, some relation to the art, a potted historical context, and then a few tunes were played.
There is some rumour circulating that we won an award for our afternoon artist talk, we’ll let you know when we know.
Here’s a cut up from the Transit album launch party @ the Russian Frost Farmers in March. For Hamilton punters, it’s a glimpse of what’s coming your way.