This Saturday 10th of February the Vortex Museum will have its second physical pop-up in the architecturally beautiful old and renovated building of Leicester Adult Education in the heart of the city. These events host a myriad of different projects and expand the awareness of unique heritage concepts, expose to the public and pursue further growth with collections, museums and archives of all sizes, types and points in their journeys. For Vortex it's a place to speak with people about the growing (and still developing) museum and try things out; to build further community, engagement and communication on different fronts and for me as the curator and creator to have the opportunity to make a digital project, one assumed to be exclusively online, into a totally physical one and be in essence a preview of what it is to come. The event has allowed the consideration of what more the Vortex Museum could become and the methods and platforms it can be presented and represented.
I will be part of the DocPhoto8 exhibition organised by Documentary Media Centre starting this Monday 8th December at 2:30pm and on until Friday. I'm installing a super-sized photo grid, instant film, showing a small example of my developing AI visuals and the Watercolours series. Head to the CapCow Instagram for more updates and check out some of me making my selections below (also me discovering an accidental infinity mirror) and maybe I'll see you there next week!
As well (!) in conjunction with next week's event I've launched on Etsy to sell prints of Captain Cowboy work. I'm beginning with the Watercolours series of 14 prints available in two sizes and made to order on beautiful textured HahnemÃ¼hle Photo Rag paper from The Print Space in London. Shipping internationally. Have a gander for Christmas!
The developing museum jauntily slid into the inaugural Saturday Heritage Fair just over a week ago, held at the Adult Education College (Leicester) organised by the Documentary Media Centre and the inimitable John Coster. It was there that I and the Lord Mayor discussed a German Drinking Songs CD and I learnt from her unexpected knowledge of bad German 80s song covers of "Schlager". I also met a woman who told me she'd practiced the ancient discipline of ninjitsu, a memory awakened and admission to me after seeing the Mystic Arts of the Ninja book on display, and something I honestly thought might be too much as I contemplated the weekend ahead as I travelled on the bus from London to the Midlands to take part... turns out it wasn't. Amazing. This is part of what I'm looking for in this large new CapCow project; ephemeral meetings, re-thinking and remembrances. The main goal of attending the fair was not getting "feedback" as the museum grows towards its full inception but having conversations with people around the pieces and trinkets that spanned from the 1930s, flying through lots of the 70s, 80s and 90s and see what it evoked in people. This then informs, inspires and possibly guides me in the continued construction and thinking of the new museum. Some of the words that come to mind that I want the museum to encapsulate are: unique, offbeat, modern, design, throwback. It was rewarding and eye-opening to put my thinking and philosophies out there, seeing people's faces as they pondered and picked things up handling them. Long conversations about old cinema and pro wrestling were had, and a really successful busy fair right from 10am until it closed in the mid-afternoon. Delightful, informative, enriching and useful.
Behind the scenes from a photography test, as the museum ideas, design and production constructs.
Last weekend going over notes for the museum and relaying that to what I was deciding to take to this inaugural Saturday Heritage Fair. The central book is Cinema Posters of the 60s.