March Surrealist Games evening

Coming up on Friday 20th March, step out onto another Surrealist journey. Come along at 7:30pm to the Gas Gallery, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth. Who knows where you will end up?

For a more detailed view of Surrealism in Wales, including the activities at the gallery, please pick up the latest issue of Planet Magazine and read the article by David Greenslade, one of Wales’ foremost poets and Surrealists. Read an excerpt from the article.

Friday 20th March 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth


Gwella launch – Nexus website

On 21 October 2009, we held a launch to announce the new Nexus website for enhancing learning through technology, as well as our other Gwella activity:

Nexus is part of the Gwella projects undertaken by AU, and we are using the site to pull together the various threads of the projects. It includes case studies of good practice in e-learning, annotated resources, news items, good practice guides, and more.

It is a joint product of the E-learning Team at Aberystwyth University. We hope you like it!

Surrealist and Conceptual Art activity Jan-Feb

Hi there!  Lots of activity on the site and off for the past month.

The symposium on performance and philosphy provided much food for thought. It was held at the National Library of Wales, featured an array of international and local speakers, and was sponsored by PSi Performance & Philosophy Working Group, Supported by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies’ Centre for Theatre, Performance and Philosophy.  Fantastic!  I hope that Lone Twin will return to Aber and put on a performance, as it was a bit of a teaser just to hear them talking about it.

Lots of activity on the Surrealist Games section, including a synthesis of Da Vinci and Ernst plus circus skills – see the conceptual piece Decalcomania Writ Large (could probably not be implemented in its current form, but there are some other options).

In/Out of the Box videos from the 27 November 2008 Showroom performance have been mounted, thanks to thispace.

A few more ideas in the real notebooks … if the Synesthesia activity works well, there is scope for doing a 4-way synesthesia performance with improvision in word / dance / music / image.  But I need to take it one step at a time, see if it works in a smaller, less formal context.

I’ve been doing some painting of more postcards from the bottom of the ocean, but they haven’t been photographed for the web yet.  Maybe this weekend.

Gutted that the animation workshop session on Monday this week was cancelled due to snow.  I was ready to construct the ineedart piece using live roses to be  Rrose’s signature piece.  Hopefully next week.

Blubyrd was brilliant last night at Open Platform at the Arts Centre.

Showroom was brilliant last week as usual, just getting better and better. Just one of many high points was Ralph Colmar‘s video of Bristol, based on something like a poetry version of exquisite corpse.  He’s one of the artists in residence at the Aberystwtyh Arts Centre.

And…please do go to the Studio for their opening 27 February 2009 at 19:00. See websites for thispace and ::the studio:: for more info.


View of Aber

To get a feeling for what Aber looks and feels like, please see the information on the DIVERSE conference site.  The DIVERSE conference will be held in Aber in summer 2009. Click Aerial Video of Aberystywyth for a 3-minute video showing Ynyslas, then the town of Aber followed by the campus and student life scenes. Think ‘helicopter tracking scenes’.

The University’s photo gallery also has some nice images, although the colour does seem to be a bit ‘enhanced’ in a few of the sunset images. I especially like Alfresco Dining on North Parade.

a taste of Aber life

 To give you a taste of life in Aber, I will share some links to local food-related items. 

Basically, Saturday in Aber means making my loop through the market if it’s on (every other week or ‘fortnightly’ as they say in the UK), and a pass through these various shops to pick up what I need for the week. 

Some nice things in season at the moment are the freshest possible brussels sprouts on the stalk, and ingredients for Mary’s Magic Mixed Mash, which can include red carrot, white carrot, parsnip, swede (a kind of turnip) coarsely mashed, then add in onions and maybe garlic sauteed in butter. Add more butter and nutmeg if desired and either serve or make in advance, put in a casserole and heat in the oven before serving.

Not much is left to get from the real supermarket….