Melioramentum in the Lanes


SPRIGGS’ MAD FIELDWORK PACE: LONDON AND CORNWALL 14 TO 28 SEPTEMBER

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Draw Me Home Live-art. « Melioramentum by Jonathan Polkest

 

Draw Me at Home Live-art’s Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic Artist Fair 100 « Melioramentum by Jonathan Polkest.


Thanatoscopic phenomenology with Mischa Twitchin by Jonathan Polkest

The Thanatoscope being fitted for Scenographer Mischa Twitchin

 

Thanoscopic revelations being programmed

Phenomenology of Perception

from the preface to the Phenomenology of Perception;
I cannot conceive myself as nothing but a bit of the world, a mere object of biological, psychological or sociological investigation.I cannot shut myself up within the realm of science. All my knowledge of the world, even my scientific knowledge is gained from some experience of the world without which the symbols of science would be meaningless. The whole universe of science is built upon the world as directly experienced, and if we want to subject science itself to rigorous scrutiny and arrive at a precise assessment of its meaning and scope, we must begin by reawakening the basic experience of the world of which science is the second order expression. Science has not and never will have, by its very nature the same significance qua form of being as the world we percieve, for the simple reason that it is a rationale or explanation of the world…Scientific points of view, according to which my existence is but a moment of the worlds, are always naive and at the same time dishonest, because they take for granted, without explicitly mentioning it, the other point of view, namely that of consciousness, through which from the outset a world forms itself round me and begins to exist for me. To return to things themselves is to return to that world which precedes knowledge, of which knowledge always speaks, and in relation to which every scientific schematization is an abstract and derivative sign-language, as is geography in relation to the countryside in which we have learnt beforehand what a forest, a prairie or a river is.
Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

preparing the body of the Thanatoscope from selected timbers

preparing the body of the Thanatoscope from selected timbers

To build the Thanatoscope from hardwood was to continue the traditions of the instrument and clock makers at the turn of the last century and before, hardwood is valued for its stability and unlike metal it is imbued with the “naturalistic attitude” of objectivity through seasons of steady growth, immersions and susceptibility to seasonal fluctuations, coldness, heat, wetness, dryness through the moderating parameters of its being a former tree, imbued with manyfold influences and deep seated characteristics which extol discernible aesthetics by simply existing.
Although hardwood is stable, the inside of the Thanatoscope would be painted with a reflective Gesso Sottile made from hide glue and Cornish China Clay and the outside would be dyed with a black stain obtained by collecting Ink Fungi after being covered in Irish Flax.

Designing the Thanoscope

Designing the Thanoscope

 

Designing the Thanoscope

Designing the Thanoscope

 

Thanatoscope being constructed and assembled

Thanatoscope being constructed and assembled

Materials that recall their existential genesis, described by Merleau-Ponty as the Logos of the aesthetic world, he understands the term ‘aesthetic’ in the original Greek sense of aisthesis, meaning primary mode of experiential expression which embraces both perception and imagination.

Fitting heat exchange receptacle for light source to the Thanoscope

Fitting heat exchange receptacle for light source to the Thanatoscope

 

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

 

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

Thanoscopic experiments with living people

 

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

 

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

 

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

Thanoscopic experiments with living people

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

Thanoscopic experiments with living people

 

Thanoscopic experiments with living people

Thanatoscopic experiments with living people

 

Mischa Twitchin adjusting the spectral vicissitudes of the Thanatoscope

Mischa Twitchin adjusting the spectral vicissitudes of the Thanatoscope

 

Preparing the Thanatoscope for specially prepared screens of glass and wax.

Preparing the Thanatoscope for specially prepared screens of glass and wax.

 

Preparing the Thanatoscope for specially prepared screens of glass and wax.

Preparing the Thanatoscope for specially prepared screens of glass and wax.

 

Preparing the Thanatoscope for specially prepared screens of glass and wax.

Preparing the Thanatoscope for specially prepared screens of glass and wax.

 

Sensitizing by Transferring the emulsion onto the waxed screen

Sensitizing by Transferring the emulsion onto the waxed screen

The hand of Phenomonology

The hand of Phenomonology

 

The hand of Phenomonology

The hand of Phenomonology

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Melioramentum Killip

Caliban beyond the stage

Cover jacket of the Things that changed other things

Page one of Things that changed other things, a sketchbook project that is archived by the Brooklyn Art Library ,who allocated broad themes hence the clunky Things that changed other things, specifically;unspecific more absolute generality wherein the fiction of history as a fixed datum is bashed into a more user friendly prospect. Focusing upon the mournful but oblique looking stone-lined cockpits that would appear each autumn from beneath the dying bracken on the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall. These kilns or Kelp Pits have a pragmatic history that seems hellbent on refuting any humanistic element. Surely such long suffering landscape features have more to reveal than being a handy place for a childs game or even a seabirds nursery, used sometimes in what may seem defamatory as a barb-e-que by the serendipitous tourist.

Map of Tolls Island Ynys Tolmaen, Pelistry /Pwlystreath

Maps layered and fused

The Kelp Pit, subject of School natural history rambles and picnics on uninhabited islands ,

is imbued with an array of socio historical strands that lead to many further questions. Starting on The Isles of Scilly we see an early development in Soda Ash making , introduced from Brittany with whome The Isles of Scilly and Cornwall were much more favourably aquainted than the heavy handed Landlords  of English Monarchy. A Mr Nance whose name would stem from Nantes, Brittany was licenced by the afformentioned authority to burn Kelp in the manufacture of Soda Ash on Gwynynys :White Island, (Blessed Island) and Tean Island. to this day the “local” name for the inhabitants of St.Martins Island is Gynyk, dialect is rapidly being transformed by mass media and relocation but this would appear to be poetic link as well as a potentially informative one. The remaining Kelp Pit evidence on Scilly is scant compared to the former activities popularity, one perfect example on the island of Gugh, some on Samson Island, some on White Island and some on Tolls Island, they seemed less valued than the bronze age antiquitaries of which there were and are, so very many excellent and unique examples. The socio historical connections with Kelp Burning are generally centred on the the widely accepted inhumane clearances of the Scottish peoples, who like their Cornish counterparts were forced to leave their homelands and resettle in the colonial margins that had been acquired by the very authority responsible for their eviction. Kelp Burning was, it seems a cash crop situation that bought actual money into the equation as opposed to subsistence of farming and fishing which provided food and shelter, possibly some other tradeable materials but Kelp was bought for cash, it involved the whole family and although licencing was imposed by the English , it seemed to be a way out of the cyclic seasonally dependent existence. Writers like Quiller-Couch attempted to romantice Kelp Burning by transforming the act of burning a six hour bonfire into a ritualistic ceremony with pagan attributes, this treatment was clumsy as I believe there are real connections of  gnostic and sacred history with Kelp Burning, the alchemical act of transforming an elemental feature such as seaweed into a chemical to be used in the process of textiles, linen bleaching, aniline dye manufacture, early photographic chemistry, medicines like Iodine and later alginic acids in foodstuffs and manufacturing processes.

The Seaweed Gathering Communities

Scillonian Kilpers

Scillonian Kilpers

Scillonian Kilpers

John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse

Tolmaen Ynys

Tolls Island Kelp Pit

Scillonian Kilpers

Scillonian Kilpers

From Scilly to Nailsea Glass

From Scilly to Nailsea Glass

Sketch Book Notes

Sketchbook notes

Sketchbook Notes
Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes
Sketch Book Notes

Sketch Book Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

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Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Sketchbook Notes

Bristol Glass

Bristol Glass

Bristol Glass

Bristol Glass

Basquelands

Basquelands

Pwlystreath

Pwlystreath

White Island Gwynynnys Blessed Island

White Island Gwynynnys Blessed Island

Seaweed Islands

Seaweed Islands

Andrew Pears of Mevagissey

Andrew Pears of Mevagissey

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303 Grand
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The Sketchbook Project: 2011

Bristol Glass

Bristol Glass

Telegraph Tower Isles of Scilly observer

Telegraph Tower Isles of Scilly observer

Telegraph Tower Isles of Scilly observer

Telegraph Tower Isles of Scilly observerField Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Field Sketchbook

Endpapers

Endpapers

Finnesterre mon amour

Finnisterre mon amour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Kelp Pit; "Killipit" retraced in woolen yarns by Jonathan Polkest in a small painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Home live Art & Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100

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Rook Lane Arts : Event Details – Exhibitions, Entertainment, Community Events and a Wedding Venue in Frome, Somerset

Draw Me/Jonathan Polkest/David Partner at Rook Lane Chapel Frome

Draw Me/Jonathan Polkest/David Partner at Rook Lane Chapel Frome

The Portrait Making eventt at photographer David Partner's RooK Lane exhibition, Frome 25/07

The Portrait Making event at photographer David Partner’s RooK Lane exhibition, Frome 25/07

The Photographer David Partner invites you to experience the Tedna Ve  Camera Obscura and to sense the essential  physical and phenomenal aspects of capturing visual imagery with this basic device. David is showing his photographic portraits at Rook Lane Chapel in Frome Somerset, come and draw portraits with the aid of a camera obscura – all materials are free.

Draw Me/Camera obscura portraits Jonathan Polkest/ David Partner Rook Lane

Draw Me/Camera obscura portraits Jonathan Polkest/ David Partner Rook Lane Chapel Frome

David Partner Draw Me Camera Obscura portraits at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Frome

David Partner Draw Me Camera Obscura portraits at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Frome

Jonathan Polkest / Draw Me Camera Obscura Portraits Rook Lane Chapel Arts

Jonathan Polkest / Draw Me Camera Obscura Portraits Rook Lane Chapel Arts

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Frome with David Partner and Jonathan Polkest

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Frome with David Partner and Jonathan Polkest

Draw Me at Frome Rooks Lane Chapel Arts

Draw Me at Frome Rooks Lane Chapel Arts

Draw Me in Frome Rooks Lane Chapel Arts Jonathan Polkest/ David Partner Paris,London Frome

Draw Me in Frome Rooks Lane Chapel Arts Jonathan Polkest/ David Partner Paris,London Frome

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts with David Partner/Jonathan Polklest

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts with David Partner/Jonathan Polklest

Draw Me in Rooks Lane Chapel Arts, Frome with David Partner and Jonathan Polkerst

Draw Me in Rooks Lane Chapel Arts, Frome with David Partner and Jonathan Polkest

Draw Me in Rooks Lane Chapel Arts centre with David Partner/Jonathan Polkest

Draw Me in Rooks Lane Chapel Arts centre with David Partner/Jonathan Polkest

Draw Me portraits David Partner Paris London Frome

Draw Me portraits David Partner Paris London Frome

Catherine by Flora-Draw Me portraits Rooks Lane Chapel Frome / David Partner / Jonathan Polkest

Catherine by Flora-Draw Me portraits Rooks Lane Chapel Frome / David Partner / Jonathan Polkest

Er....Jonathan by Catherine, Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts/Paris London Frome

Er....Jonathan by Catherine, Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts/Paris London Frome

Flora by Catherine, Draw Me at Rooks Lane Arts Centre Jonathan Polkest/ Davi

Flora by Catherine, Draw Me at Rooks Lane Arts Centre Jonathan Polkest/ Davi

eDraw Me in Frome, Portrait making at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts Centr

eDraw Me in Frome, Portrait making at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts Centre

Draw Me portraits made in David Partners exhibition Photography in Paris London and Frome

Catherine by Perdi, Draw Me in David Partners Exhibition London. Paris, Frome

Catherine by Perdi, Draw Me in David Partners Exhibition London. Paris, Frome

Creative Licence whilst drawing portraits in David Partners Exhibition London Paris From

Creative Licence whilst drawing portraits in David Partners Exhibition London Paris From

Draw Me in Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre, Frome

Draw Me in Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre, Frome

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Frome, David Partners Photography Exhibition

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Frome, David Partners Photography Exhibition

Draw Me in Frome @ David Partners Photographic exhibition

Draw Me in Frome @ David Partners Photographic exhibition

Draw Me in Frome - David Partners exhibition of Photography

Draw Me in Frome - David Partners exhibition of Photography

Theresa Draw Me in the Rooks Lane Arts Centre Frome - photographic exhibition

Theresa Draw Me in the Rooks Lane Arts Centre Frome - photographic exhibition

Draw Me in Frome, Rook Lane Chapel Art Centre

Draw Me in Frome, Rook Lane Chapel Art Centre

Draw Me in Frome, David Partners exhibition

Draw Me in Frome, David Partners exhibition

Draw Me portraits made in David Partners exhibition Photography in Paris London and Frome
Draw Me in Frome. London Paris

Draw Me in Frome. London Paris

via Rook Lane Arts : Event Details – Exhibitions, Entertainment, Community Events and a Wedding Venue in Frome, Somerset.

Tedna Ve/ Draw Me in David Partners exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre

Tedna Ve/ Draw Me in David Partners exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre

Jonathan by Catherine, Draw Me at David Partners Photographic exhibition in Frome Rook Lane Art Centre

Jonathan by Catherine, Draw Me at David Partners Photographic exhibition in Frome Rook Lane Art Centre

A Great drawing of Jonny M by Leanie - Draw Me at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre

A Great drawing of Jonny M by Leonie - Draw Me at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts Centre in David Partners Exhibition Paris London Frome

Draw Me at Rooks Lane Chapel Arts Centre in David Partners Exhibition Paris London Frome

Draw Me at David Partners Photographic Exhibition in Rooks Lane Arts Centre Frome

Draw Me at David Partners Photographic Exhibition in Rooks Lane Arts Centre Frome

portrait making at David Partners photography exhibition in Frome

portrait making at David Partners photography exhibition in Frome

Portrait Making in David Partners Photographic exhibition in Frome

Portrait Making in David Partners Photographic exhibition in Frome

Portrait ,Making in David Partners Exhibition at Rook Lane Art Centre

Portrait ,Making in David Partners Exhibition at Rook Lane Art Centre

David Partners photographic exhibition in Frome/ Draw Me/Jonathan Polkest

David Partners photographic exhibition in Frome/ Draw Me/Jonathan Polkest

Beautiful Portraiture in Frome at David Partners Exhibition of Photography

Beautiful Portraiture in Frome at David Partners Exhibition of Photography

A great Drawing of Sid by Dave at Rooks Lane Art Centre Frome

A great Drawing of Sid by Dave at Rooks Lane Art Centre Frome

Portrait Making in Rooks Lane Chapel Frome

Portrait Making in Rooks Lane Chapel Frome

Portrait making at Rooks Lane Chapel Art Centre

Portrait making at Rooks Lane Chapel Art Centre

Portraiture at david partners photographic exhibition at rooks lane art centre

Portraiture at david partners photographic exhibition at rooks lane art centre

Curating underway during portraiture workshops at David Partners Photographic exhibition

Curating underway during portraiture workshops at David Partners Photographic exhibition

Portrait making in Frome

Portrait making in Frome

Portrait making in Frome at David Partners Photographic exhibition

Portrait making in Frome at David Partners Photographic exhibition

Portrait making in the Tedna Ve Drawing Installation at David Partners Photography

Portrait making in the Tedna Ve Drawing Installation at David Partners Photography

Portraits made in Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre at David Partners Exhibition

Portraits made in Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre at David Partners Exhibition

 ChapPortraits made in David Partners Photographic exhibition at Rooks LaneArts

ChapPortraits made in David Partners Photographic exhibition at Rooks Lane Arts

Portraiture at Rook Lane Chapel Arts during David Partners Paris London Frome Exhibition

Portraiture at Rook Lane Chapel Arts during David Partners Paris London Frome Exhibition

Portraits made in Rooks Lane Chapel Arts

Portraits made in Rooks Lane Chapel Arts

portraits in Rook Lane Chapel at David Partners Exhibition Paris London Frome..

portraits in Rook Lane Chapel at David Partners Exhibition Paris London Frome..

Portraits made at Rook Lane Chapel Arts during David Partners exhibition Tedna Ve by Jonathan Polkest

Portraits made at Rook Lane Chapel Arts during David Partners exhibition Tedna Ve by Jonathan Polkest

Portraits made at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre

Portraits made at Rook Lane Chapel Arts Centre

Portrait making in Rook Lane Chapel during David Partners photographic exhibition

Portrait making in Rook Lane Chapel during David Partners photographic exhibition

Portrait Making in Rook Lane Chapel Tedna Ve/Draw Me

Portrait Making in Rook Lane Chapel Tedna Ve/Draw Me

Portrait Making at Rook Lane Chapel Arts at David Partners photographic exhibition

Portrait Making at Rook Lane Chapel Arts at David Partners photographic exhibition

Portrait Making at Rook Lane Chapel Arts with Tedna Ve/Draw Me camera obscura

Portrait Making at Rook Lane Chapel Arts with Tedna Ve/Draw Me camera obscura

Portraits made in Rook Lane Chapel Arts with David Partners Exhibition Paris London Frome

Portraits made in Rook Lane Chapel Arts with David Partners Exhibition Paris London Frome

Portraits from Frome - Rook Lane Chapel Arts David Partners Exhibition

Portraits from Frome - Rook Lane Chapel Arts David Partners Exhibition

Portrait making in Rook Lane Chapel Arts

Portrait making in Rook Lane Chapel Arts


Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 Draw Me

Draw Me/Tedna Ve at Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic Artfair 100

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home live art The Sharing Picnic 100: Alternative Vehicle Parade & Cycle Ride
Some additional festivities and activities at Arnold Circus – none of these are neccessarily optical but suffice to say “sensational” in that they exist for the stimulation of which ever senses the author/audience/auter/voyeur cares to apply, eyes and ears are probably the hot favourites, fingers and other bodily bits are best used when stationary.
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The Sharing Picnic 100
The Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100, 18th July, 1pm-5pm Arnold Circus, E2,
The Sharing Picnic 100, produced by home live art in collaboration with The Friends of Arnold Circus, invites you to join in and celebrate the renovation and centenary of The Arnold Circus bandstand with: a grand community picnic, artists’ fair, music on the bandstand and 100 lap cycle ride & alternative vehicle parade.

The Sharing Picnic 100 Alternative Vehicle Parade, created by artists Francis Thorburn and Richard Elliott features a new vehicle, ‘Intransit’ created from a customised Ford Transit van powered by a spectacular hand-crafted wheel, which will be pushed round Arnold Circus by sixteen performers. Inspired by Henry Ford’s evangelical idealism and Werner Herzog’s ‘Fitzcarraldo’ the new vehicle comes close to Herzog’s characterisation of his struggle to drag a 320 steamer ship over a hill during the film as a ‘Conquistadour of the useless’. The parade will lead into the 100 Lap Cycle Challenge, where you are invited to register during the afternoon and ride your own bike, tricycle or rickshaw around Arnold Circus 100 times. The cycle challenge is organised by Tower Hamlets Wheelers,

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The Ministry of Alternative Transport

Artist Francis Thorburn, Ministry of Alternative Transport, specialises in outlandish, absurd, processional performances. Creating huge sculptural wheels and structures which are paraded through the streets, provoking delight, surprise and humour.
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Artist Richard Elliott’s alternative vehicles

Artist Richard Elliott, creates fascinating, ‘pimped up’ vehicles with elaborate sound systems, lights and upholstery. A red leather upholstered go-cart and a copy of the Lunar Vehicle create by NASA for driving on the moon (featured above), play with an elaborate set of rules, created from an internal logic suggested by the vehicles cultural history.

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Our Partners

The Sharing Picnic is produced with the support of: The A Foundation, The Albion, Arnold & Henderson, The Arts Council of England, Awards for Al, Bishopsgate Foundation, Calvert22, Canary Wharf Group, Cowling & Wilcox, Foodcycle, Friends of Arnold Circus, Garfield Weston, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Joule, The Live Art Develoment Agency, London Borough of Tower Hamlets Arts & Events, Spitalfields Music, St Katherine & Shadwell Trust.

The event is also part of Create 10 & The Big Lunch

Photo: 100 lap cycle ride by Richard Kearns

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The 100 Lap Cycle Challenge

Can you cycle 100 times round Arnold Circus? Join the cycle challenge with your own bike and get a beautiful commemorative badge. Register from 1pm, cycle ride at 4pm.

Photo: 100 laps cycle ride by Richard Kearns

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While in East London…see Dominoes the film

Why not combine the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 with a trip to see a film of the  Dominoes project, last year’s Create Festival commission by Station House Opera.

Screening at Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street at 11.30am on 18th July.
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How to get there

Arnold Circus, Boundary Estate, Tower Hamlets, E2 7JP.

Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street & Old Street,

Buses: 26, 35, 47, 48, 67, 78
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Et nos non inventimus ita “we did not invent this” – Ibn al-Haytham of Basra, scientist 965 – 1039.
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Several decades after Ibn al-Haytham’s death, the Chinese Song Dynasty scientist Shen Kuo (1031 – 1095) is known to have experimented with camera obscura and was the first documented to apply geometric and quantative attributes to it in his book of 1088 AD  the DREAM POOL ESSAY’S making references to an image of a pagoda projected onto a wall of a darkened chambre, he quotes from the MISCELLANEOUS MORSELS FROM YOUYANG by Duan Chengshi and posits the idea that the Pagoda image is invertred as being entirely due to the close proximity to the sea. Imaginative. In Britain in the 13th century Roger Bacon is recorded as being able to see the eclipse of the Sun with the aid of a Camera Obscura, describing the device as a safe method of viewing solar eclipses. Most people including me – had no notion of this “secret knowledge” being traded upon by civilizations and regions that are not famed or given due for such discoveries, Leonardo Da Vinci on the other hand is probably the most likely name to be commonly connected with Camera Obscuras as well as an experimental nod to artwork generally. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519 AD) describes the Camera Obscura in his CODEX ATLANTICUS. A title I knobbled for a poster at Redruth College of Art without having the faintest idea about the meaning thereof.

OCULUS ARTIFIALIS TELEDIOPTRICUS SIVE TELESCOPIUM by Johaa Zahn in 1685 contains diagrams and discriptions of both camera obscura and projectors using artificial light as the title implies several times over.

Fabien Nico at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 Artists Fair

Fabien Nico at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 Artists FairNico drew a portrait of Fabien at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 Artists Fair

A Very special portrait by Nasrat ; thankyou for participating with such a beautiful portrait

A Very special portrait by Nasrat ; thankyou for participating with such a beautiful portrait

Martina's drawing of Oliver deserves a caption "Whats he doing in there?"

Martina's drawing of Oliver deserves a caption "Whats he doing in there?"

Oliver drew Martina at the Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic july 18th

Oliver drew Martina at the Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic july 18th

Thaniza's drawing made during the artists 100 fair and sharing picnic at Arnold Circus

Thaniza's drawing made during the artists 100 fair and sharing picnic at Arnold Circus

The likes of Johannes Vermeer are speculated to have generated their detail in skillfully produced paintings via camera obscura’s, the term Camera Obscura was initially coined by German astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1604.

Tedna Ve/Draw Me at the end of another Ley Line by Jonathan Polkest

Tedna Ve/Draw Me at the end of another Ley Line by Jonathan Polkest

Line's portrait of Santil made at the Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic and Artists Fair

Line's portrait of Santil made at the Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic and Artists Fair

Tedna Ve / Draw Me with a cluster of curious potential portraitists

Tedna Ve / Draw Me with a cluster of curious potential portraitists

Sir Thomas Browne in his 1658 Discourse The Garden of Cyprus.

For at the eye the Pyramidal rayes from the object, receive a decussation, and so strike a second base upon the Retina or hinder coat, the proper organ of Vision; wherein the pictures from objects are represented, answerable to the paper, or wall in the dark chamber; after the decussation of the rayes at the hole of the hornycoat, and their refraction upon the Christalline humour, answering the foramen of the window, and the convex or burning-glasses, which refract the rayes that enter it.

One might be forgiven for misunderstanding but the prosaics inform.

Half a Dozen drawings on the wall of Marlow House Arnolds Circus

Half a Dozen drawings on the wall of Marlow House Arnolds Circus

A Portrait of Fox at the Arnold Circus sharing picnic and artists fair

A Portrait of Fox at the Arnold Circus sharing picnic and artists fair

The Velodrome Genius drawn at Arnold Circus

The Velodrome Genius drawn at Arnold CircusJo's double portrait made at Arnold Circus

Being whilst being drawn in the Tedna Ve drawing camera obscura temporarily erected in Arnold Circus London

Being whilst being drawn in the Tedna Ve drawing camera obscura temporarily erected in Arnold Circus London

On the occasion of the Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic and Artist Fair

On the occasion of the Friends of Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic and Artist Fair

David Hockney’s use of photography, particularly in his early portraits of friends and associates during the seventies helped him to recognize the difference between the traced line – what he terms “confident” – I would call insensitive or desensitized, publicly he identifies Warhol as the chief exponent of the “confident” line but I’m sure his own expertise in this is adequate even if his denial is a little shrill, I’ve no argument with Hockney, he’s taught me more than two Art Colleges without any contact whatsoever. Hockney says that after deliberating on certain portraits by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, he noticed this confident line- “One morning, studying and thinking – where have I seen that line before? And suddenly I realized, Thats Andy Warhols line” Hockney went on to talk about his supposition about Ingres use of the Camera Lucida, a prism on a stick, Hockneys idea’s caused quite a stir but the impact on the value of Art both the aquisitional and the cultural aspect is yet to be realized.

Paul draws Marie at the Arnold Circus Artists Fair - Picnic Share - Musical Extravaganza - Bike Race

Paul draws Marie at the Arnold Circus Artists Fair - Picnic Share - Musical Extravaganza - Bike Race

Hang on! I dont remember seeing such a worried man - oh its Paul by Marie!

Hang on! I dont remember seeing such a worried man - oh its Paul by Marie!

The alpha dominant in the social role subverted by the Tedna Ve Draw Me people drawing machine

The alpha dominant in the social role subverted by the Tedna Ve Draw Me people drawing machine

Gather, be drawn!

Gather, be drawn!

Paul the dashing Master of Ceremonies at Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic and Artists Fair

Paul the dashing Master of Ceremonies at Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic and Artists Fair

Paul being etched into the annals of historic moments at the Arnold Circus Artists Fair

Paul being etched into the annals of historic moments at the Arnold Circus Artists Fair

The Gaze has cultural meaning which is impossible to separate from the circumstance – Navaho People are taught not to look directly at another person during conversation.

Tom's drawing of a worried Bill

Bill Leslie curating the Wonder Wall

Bill Leslie curating the Wonder WallThe further adventures of Bill's Portrait by Tom

The celebrated Arnold Circus still gorgeous at 100 years old

The celebrated Arnold Circus still gorgeous at 100 years old

Tom’s drawing of a worried Bill

Drawn by Bill

Drawn by Bill

The eyes are probably the most openly romanticized part of the anatomy in art and literature, mythologized and eulogized but impossibly complex as a phenomena and a dynamic focus point, the term The Gaze is often referred to the work of portraits both photographic and drawn, the process of drawing is a time consuming process requiring a stillness in both the subject and the artist, unlike a glance or a peek, the Gaze is destined to haunt beyond the fripperies of flirtations or sound bites.

The portrait from Alishas attic by Jonathan

The portrait from Alishas attic by Jonathan

Janet by Charlotte at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Janet by Charlotte at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Marlow House Wonder Wall at Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic Artists Fair 100 birthday bike race and alternative vehicle parade

Marlow House Wonder Wall at Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic Artists Fair 100 birthday bike race and alternative vehicle parade

The inflection upon the controlling photographer now in the haTnds of the people!

The inflection upon the controlling photographer now in the hands of the people!

The eyes are possibly the defining visual characteristic of our relationship to each other, the importance of looking into the eyes of another, both a search for meaning and a surrendering or displaying, as in the “windows of the soul”,  the contrast between the surface and luminosity of the eye and the sorrounding facial characteristics through identities of human recognition and personal cognizant markers, verifying and understanding ourselves and our relationships.


Draw Me at Home Live-art’s Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic Artist Fair 100

image;Julia Artists StallHome LiveArt Draw Me at Arnold Circus

Home LiveArt Draw Me at Arnold Circus

The world famous setting of the Arnolds Circus, in the Boundary Estate is the location for Artists 100 Artfair with the A Foundation, Bill Leslie, The Albion, Arnold & Henderson, The Arts Council of England, Awards For All, Bishopsgate Foundation, Calvert 22,Canary Wharf Group, Cowling & Wilcox, Foodcycle, Friends of  Arnold Circus, Garfield Weston, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Joule, The Live Art Development Agency, London Borough of Tower Hamlets Arts and Events, Spitalfields Music and a part of Create 10 * The Big Lunch

The Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic is a great opportunity to visit one of the most historically fascinating locations in contemporary London, take a look around at some unique and creative artforms, performative and environmental, witness the thrilling 100 lap Art Vehicle rally around the circus with artists Francis Thorburn and Richard Elliot, check out Rock-ahula, Tatty Divine, search party and Society of Wonders, do these things and draw a portrait in the revolutionary sorroundings of the worlds first social housing.

Porraits made in the Tedna Ve Draw Me installation

Porraits made in the Tedna Ve Draw Me installation

Events run all afternoon 19th 07 2010

Charlotte and Charlotte and Jolie double portraits Jolie double portraits

Charlotte and Jolie double portraits

Thank-you Arnold Circus, Home-Live-Art, Bill Leslie and all the friends we made on the 18th of July 2010.

Two of the many Draw Me at Arnold Circus Portraitists who collaborated with us

Two of the many Draw Me at Arnold Circus Portraitists who collaborated with us

Sunday 18th was a very sunny and busy day in Londons Arnold Circus where the beautiful – and as far as I’m aware – unique raised “birthday cake’ wedding cake” or elevated bandstand creates a totally central feature, the scenographic idea that ascention, (walking up a hill) is a significant sacred influence, from the top of a Tor, a man-made-contrivance, the Tatlin Tower or a pyramid they all imbue the visitor with particular stimulus that infers or creates spiritual dimensions. Scenographically the top of the Arnolds Circus Bandstand acquires a peculiar form of light, one that reminds me of the light around the Penwith Peninsular as the sun and clouds conspire over the sea to fetch up the extraordinary set of changeable nuance.

Alfred Watkins, a key exponent in the science of Ley Lines and Geomantic Power wrote a most fascinating study on the subject of dragon lines or ley lines and includes the Arnold Circus in his reckoning of the network of geotropic magnetics running from Londons Strand Ley and another he terms as The Coronation Ley.

The fact that this raised oasis is sorrounded by the red brick mansion block housing of the boundary road estate increases the specificity of the location, the effect like all ascents is uplifting and the various streets become more plan like and unfolded and therefore more legible to the viewer, the structure of the bandstand itself feels post colonial in its rural Englishness, like a church lytch gate beneath which the widest global influences mingle and confer, music from many cultures and periods, foods and domestic comestables, games and conversations all conspire with this beautiful seaside light to create a most memorable experience. The fact that the mound is a construct formed of the rubble from the pre housing scheme slum gives further specifity to the consciousness of this place. Uplifting.

Sharing Picnic 100:Artists Fair, Janet

Sharing Picnic 100:Artists Fair, Janet

The Boundary Estate was opened in 1900 in Londons’s East End right on the boundary of Shoreditch, Hackney and the Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Estate was constructed from 1890 and as one of the earliest social housing schemes deserves recognition as one of the most significant elements in the heritage of Britain, you could say that the implications for the Boundary Estate, architecturally and socially far outstrip those of the many lauded stately homes that are deemed exemplars of creativity and social development.

Boundary Estate Arnold Circus

Boundary Estate Arnold Circus

Arnold Circus Portraitists

Draw Me Tedna Ve Portraitist at Arnold Circus

Draw Me Tedna Ve Portraitist at Arnold Circus

Tedna Ve - Draw Me in Arnold Circus

Tedna Ve - Draw Me in Arnold Circus

Tom

Tom

Bill Leslies drawing of Tom

Bill Leslies drawing of Tom

Draw Me at Arnold Circus Menbi

Draw Me at Arnold Circus Menbi

Draw Me in Arnold Circus

Draw Me in Arnold Circus

Draw Me/Tedna Ve in Arnold Circus

Draw Me/Tedna Ve in Arnold Circus

Draw Me Isabella in Arnold CIRCUS

Draw Me Isabella in Arnold CIRCUS

Vanessa - Draw Me/Tedna Ve in Arnold Circus

Vanessa - Draw Me/Tedna Ve in Arnold Circus

Rimon Draw Me in Arnold Circus

Rimon Draw Me in Arnold Circus

Natalies drawing of Sara in Arnold Circus

Natalies drawing of Sara in Arnold Circus

Natalie by Lara not Sara....sorry

Natalie by Lara not Sara....sorry

Sara by Ettiene drawn in the Draw Me/Tedna Ve in Arnold Circus

Sara by Ettiene drawn in the Draw Me/Tedna Ve in Arnold Circus

Ettiene is safe in Sara's hands as we can see...

Ettiene is safe in Sara's hands as we can see...

Jessica draws Carolina in the Tedna Ve Arnolds Circus

Jessica draws Carolina in the Tedna Ve Arnolds Circus

Carolina and Jessicas portraits in Arnold Circus Draw Me

Carolina and Jessicas portraits in Arnold Circus Draw Me

Jolie's drawing of Charlotte in the Arnolds Circus Draw Me

Jolie's drawing of Charlotte in the Arnolds Circus Draw Me

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Burgeoning archive documented by Carlos who also participated in the portrait making

A Growng archive documented by Carlos who also participated in the portrait making

Dee by Carlos at Arnold Circus

Dee by Carlos at Arnold Circus

Dee casts a magic spell of portrait genius

Dee casts a magic spell of portrait genius

Another Brick in a Wall

Another Brick in a Wall

Rebecca's drawing of Clova

Rebecca's drawing of Clova

Rebecca by Clova at Tedna Ve Draw me in Arnold Circus

Rebecca by Clova at Tedna Ve Draw me in Arnold Circus

Stella by Skye in Arnold Circus Draw Me

Stella by Skye in Arnold Circus Draw Me

Skye by Stella in the Tedna Ve/ Draw Me Booth in Arnolds Circus

Skye by Stella in the Tedna Ve/ Draw Me Booth in Arnolds Circus

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Time to leave the capsule if you dare

Time to leave the capsule if you dare

Thanks to Cowling and Wilcox for Papier D'Orange

Thanks to Cowling and Wilcox for Papier D'Orange

Richard draws Sara at the Draw Me in Arnold Circus portrait making event

Richard draws Sara at the Draw Me in Arnold Circus portrait making event

Sara's rendition of Richard at the Arnold Circus 100 Art Fair

Sara's rendition of Richard at the Arnold Circus 100 Art Fair

Portraits of the great participating artists in Arnold Circus

Portraits of the great participating artists in Arnold Circus

Julien draws Sofia or vica versa, great drawing!

Julien draws Sofia or vica versa, great drawing!

Ian draws an astonished Cisse at Arnold Circus on the end of a Ley Line

Ian draws an astonished Cisse at Arnold Circus on the end of a Ley Line

Daniel drew Katie at The Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 centenary artists Fair

Daniel drew Katie at The Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic 100 centenary artists Fair

Kate drew Daniel after patiently waiting in Arnold Circus Tedna Ve

Kate drew Daniel after patiently waiting in Arnold Circus Tedna Ve

Andrew drew Sarah in Arnold Circus

Andrew drew Sarah in Arnold Circus

Isabel's drawing in Arnold Circus

Isabel's drawing in Arnold Circus

Caro drew Isabel with her face paint too!

Caro drew Isabel with her face paint too!

A lovely drawing by Lara

A lovely drawing by Lara

Lucy's fabulous drawing of Linda

Lucy's fabulous drawing of Linda

Linda's great drawing of Lucy at Arnold Circus Home Live Art Sharing Picnic

Linda's great drawing of Lucy at Arnold Circus Home Live Art Sharing Picnic

Theresa's double portrait made in the Tedna Ve draw Me booth

Theresa's double portrait made in the Tedna Ve draw Me booth

Arias drawing in the Tedna Ve

Arias drawing in the Tedna Ve

 made in Arnold Circus Artists 100 centenary sharing picnic

made in Arnold Circus Artists 100 centenary sharing picnic

Alisha's portrait of Hannah - a great drawing

Alisha's portrait of Hannah - a great drawing

Hannah's portrait of Alisha in Arnold Circus Draw Me

Hannah's portrait of Alisha in Arnold Circus Draw Me

Portrait of Helen Davis made on July 18th at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Portrait of Helen Davis made on July 18th at the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

 Tedna Ve portrait installation in Londons Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Tedna Ve portrait installation in Londons Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Tiffany Charringtons drawing of Charlotte and her facepaint

Tiffany Charringtons drawing of Charlotte and her facepaint

Sadie's portrait of Katie in the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Sadie's portrait of Katie in the Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic

Portrait made in Arnold Circus Sharing Pic

Portrait made in Arnold Circus Sharing Pic

Lill by Kate at Arnold Circus Draw Me

Lill by Kate at Arnold Circus Draw Me

Arnold Circus Portraitists

The Tedna Ve – Draw Me Installation is simply a big box camera, one that the person who is being sketched and the person making the sketch can walk into.  The correct term is a Camera Obscura (chamber of darkness), usually employed as Landscape viewing device, the Tedna Ve is specifically employed for Portrature. Camera Obscuras  are optical devices that project an image of the sorrounding scenographic terrain and projects this image onto an interior wall, It is used for drawing and for entertainment and for teaching since it was one of the precursors to photography. Of course the Tedna Ve is fitted with a lens but the original design used a pinhole reproducing an upside down image but retaining the perspective and colour, the image – once projected onto paper, can be drawn into or traced to produce a highly accurate representation, I don’t encourage artists to fuss during the use of the Tedna Ve as the upside down drawing process encourages the pen to wander off alone from the projected image, putting a bit more of the artist into the portrait.

As a pinhole is made smaller so it produces a sharper image but this takes a while for normal eyesight to adjust to the low light image. The earliest mention beyond Cornwalls frontiers about camera obscuras is attributed to Mo-Ti (470BC – 390BC) a Chinese philosopher and founder of Mohism, Mo-Ti referred to the camera obscura as a “collecting plate” or “Locked treasure room” The Mohist tradition is unusual in Chinese attitudes because it followed principles of total logic.

Aristotle (384BC – 322BC) demonstrated a good understanding of optical principles in pinhole occlusion – an account of him viewing the crescent shaped light pattern made from the partially eclipsed Sun as it projected a beam of light through domestic utensils onto the floor – such accounts humanise the historical dimension whilst questioning the vale of obfuscation that sorrounds contemporary science and medicine.

In the 6th C. Byzantine mathematician and architect Anthemius of Tralles ( celebrated designer of the Hagia Sophia) is acknowledged for his familiarity and use of the camera obscura in a range of unspecified experiments. Certainly one of the first recorded makers of camera obscura’s was Abu Ali Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haitham, born in Basra (965 – 1039 AD) He was known in the west as Alhacen or Alhazen, and known to experiment in his book about optical science.

The Tedna Ve / Draw Me InstallationThe youngsters set too. Drawing at Arnold Circus London

The Youngsters Set Too! Drawing in the camera obscura installation with Jonathan Polkest

Although credited to Ibn al-Haytham ( Alhazen 965 – 1039, the analogy of the camera obscura was known to early scholars, accidental artists at various moments in history including Mozi or Aristotle.

Euclid describes the effect of the camera obscura in his demonstrations featuring the nature of light travelling in straight lines. Ibn al-Haytham was bestowed with modesty as well as intelligence in his statement :’Et nos non inventimus ita” lat ‘We did not invent this” my translation simply realizes the mans sense of discovery in that it is a natural phenomenon rather than a mechanical device or some adapted contraption, so rare to find a humanist approach among those who love the credit for the work of others.

Drawings made in The Tedna Ve by visiting artists and Jonathan Polkest

Drawings made in The Tedna Ve by visiting artists and Jonathan Polkest

I’ve a half a mind to write Ibn al-Haytham’s wise words on the side of the Tedna Ve box as a tribute to a modest genius.

Et Nos non inventimus ita - Ibn al-Haytham 965 - 1039 AD) We didnt invent this

Et Nos non inventimus ita - Ibn al-Haytham 965 - 1039 AD) We didnt invent this