This Sunday is the launch of our community garden, a digital online space that the Unearth collective, that I'm a member of, has been working towards throughout most of 2023 and now unveiling at the start of the new year. Through months of developing conversations in meetings spanning the globe from the UK to United Arab Emirates to various North American locations including New York, with art modes of: graphic design, film, collage and photography, we have built towards a virtual installation facilitated using Figma.
The next step of our journey will come to pass beginning with a live panel discussion this Sunday 28th January with all involved (see poster below). It takes place at noon US CST time, 6pm GMT UK time and 10pm in UAE. We will celebrate and discuss the digital garden, our processes and work that comprises the virtual installation. You can RSVP by clicking the button below and join us on Zoom. In addition to the beginning of this new phase of Unearth and the collective is the new podcast show. You can listen to the trailer below in the Spotify player and follow for ensuing episodes.
My core outcome from my time spent with the collective was my film Spirit. It became clear as the artists with me included and organisers of the collective, also artists and creatives, became friends that part of my learning was going to be on the collaborative nature of reflection as a group in our discussions on how our work was progressing and manifesting; as well as for me, making my film with my fiancé who performed the leading role in it. Segments of the film are included in the installation, as is a behind the scenes video of us filming in the summer. The full film, to be completed with further care on and time on colour grading and sound will release in 2024 and be submitted to open calls and film festivals. Last year I also started using Gencraft for AI illustrations and some of my early imagery is part of our virtual collage of work. For newer AI visuals and narratives I'm playing with, head to the CAPCOW Instagram.
What a delight and curiosity it was and is to work with people from around the world, connected by technology (which we often castigated as such a negative part of society) yet it affords us the opportunity and privilege to all work together and build something. To contrast, I simultaneously collaborate with artists so far away but make my central contribution of the film with the person who I sleep next to. In essence the "heart space" as we coined it, brings people closer. It will be great to share some of that with others. [There's a sneak peek of the Figma installation below.] RSVP below and see you Sunday.