MARIAM REZAEI AND GRAHAM PATTERSON
Saturday 28th March 2015, 12pm to 4pm
Watchtower Gallery, 79 West End, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2HE
An audiovisual workshop with Composer & DJ Mariam Rezaei and Visual Artist Graham Patterson at the Watchtower Gallery in Berwick. Mariam worked with participants to explore a range of turntablist techniques including scratching, beat juggling and mixing on turntables. Whilst Graham's visual processes included creating images and mark-making on clear film as well as ‘re-mixing' archive photographic slides & cine film using a variety techniques.
Participants used basic faderless skratching (baby, fades, swipes, rubs, tears, patting, trills) and fader skratches (transformer, forward cutting, reverse cutting) as musical palettes. Working with Graham’s live visuals, Mariram improvised to create an ever-altering soundtrack. The roles reversed with audio taking the lead and Graham's visuals responding to the live improvised music.
Techniques included adding or subtracting layers from film using a variety of 'collage' techniques. Film was lacquered with varnish & spray paint to add texture and colour, coloured with ink and marker pens, bleached & scratched to reveal layers of purple, cyan and magenta within the film emulsion right through to the clear film base. A variety of hole punches can also be used to cut out shapes in the film. The new compositions were projected using vintage slide & cine projectors onto an array of centrally positioned papers.
Commissioned by Northumberland Arts Development.