helenic: (inspiral)

The Memory Glow lantern installation for the Planet Angel X-Party continues apace. Here's the blurb in case you missed it. And a sneak preview picture! )

Our 'studio' has been relocated from the living room of [personal profile] bard's house (many thanks to him, [livejournal.com profile] strongtrousers and [profile] cyrus_ii for putting up with us imposing for quite so long) to my parents' new house in Chigwell, because it has All The Rooms and my parents are lovely. We're not used to being close enough to do this kind of favour for each other. It's marvellous and I'm immensely grateful for it.

So today, Niamh and I are moving into one of my parents' spare rooms for a week, so I can devout my every spare waking hour to finishing decorating lanterns without leaving my cat abandoned and starving in Tottenham. It's going to be a bit strange being away from my comptuer and commuting to OG from there, but it's the only option. This would be massively easier if I had a studio, or a bigger house, but while I'm still earning my fortune I'm really lucky to have parents who are willing and able to help out.

As well as the inevitable last-minute finishing-the-lanterns crisis, entirely unhelped by [livejournal.com profile] bluedevi's and my chronic perfectionism, at the moment I'm trying to untangle a whole heap of last minute logistical crises. The lantern-making workshop we're running on the night is now sorted in terms of designs and materials. The LEDs for the installation have been ordered and we've got a plan for how and when we're going to rig them. [livejournal.com profile] bluedevi and I will head to the venue on the morning of the Party to spend the day rigging and getting everything right (and dealing with the inevitable last minute things going wrong). We're running the craft table until midnight and (I think!) have the rest of the evening off to party and enjoy ourselves :) Then we're staying on Saturday morning to de rig, and we have a tentative plan for where the lanterns go after the Party.

But we're stuck on how to get them there. This isn't really a last-minute panic - we've known all along that we didn't have a transport solution, and were relying on Planet Angel to help out. But various options have fallen through, and we're getting to the stage of Desperately Asking Everyone We Know On The Internet. Hi, internet! We can offer free tickets to the Party, petrol money, pints of your favourite tipple and probably more - if there's something you'd like in return just ask and we'll see what we can do :)

There are twelve lanterns of varying sizes. Half of them are stackable cuboids and cylinders; a few are awkward round shapes. Three of them are BIG round shapes - the biggest is 3ft across. It's a bit tricky because they're bulky and fragile (although very lightweight) so ideally we are looking for someone with an estate car or people carrier.

At the moment they're in Chigwell in Essex, at my parents' house. We need to get them from there to the Colosseum in Vauxhall on the morning of Friday 27th so we can rig the installation. We know they just about fit in a car because [profile] strongtrousers drove them to Chigwell, although it'll be a tight squeeze and there won't be space for passengers.

Now there are two ways of doing this...

If someone is able to drive to Chigwell on Friday morning, we'll help you pack the lanterns into the car, then you drive to Vauxhall while [livejournal.com profile] bluedevi and I get on the tube (carrying the biggest two/three lanterns by hand if necessary) and meet you at the venue. Easy!

However, we know that most people are working during the day Friday ... so if necessary we can do the journey in two stages.

If anyone is able to drive up to Chigwell on Wednesday or Thursday (in the evening maybe?) and drop the lanterns off somewhere in South/Central London a bit closer to Vauxhall, we can leave them there until Friday morning and then collect them in a cab to take them to the venue.

So... is anyone able to help out with the driving? And if you don't drive, do you have a house within affordable cab distance of Vauxhall where you could store our lantern project for a day or two next week?

Thanks so much in advance to anyone able to volunteer. We are A Bit Stuck so any help you could give would be massively appreciated.

helenic: (inspiral)

A couple of weeks ago I did facepainting at Planet Angel for the first time since December last year. I had a moment last week when I was saving [personal profile] olithered's photos of our Glastonbury installation to my hard drive (I still lament the loss of mine, but it is excellent to have some at all). I opened my "art" folder, looked for the "2009" subfolder, and realised that I hadn't created one yet. I hadn't done a single artwork so far this year.

Facepainting at Angel reminded me of that. Everyone commented how long it's been since they've seen me; it was the first time I'd worked it this year. I went to the Party in March with Denny, but wasn't crewing, and working Planet Angel is like working Glastonbury: a completely different and more rewarding experience, albeit on a smaller scale. The break was good for me, though. When they invited me to come back (due to a long story which resulted in the regular facepainter being forcibly ejected and told never to darken their doors again) I managed to negotiate shorter hours - 11pm-3am rather than 10pm-5am- with [livejournal.com profile] cyrus_ii taking the second half of the night from 2-5am. This made the whole experience far more pleasant for everyone; I didn't get over-tired, bored and cranky with the punters I was painting, and I got to dance and see people, and it was lovely.

It was a good weekend to go back, as loads of friends were there I hadn't seen in ages: [livejournal.com profile] anarquistador, back from Australia for a couple of weeks for the first time since he went home over year ago; [livejournal.com profile] bluedevi, [livejournal.com profile] innocent_irony who I hadn't seen since the Stonehenge rite we went to for [personal profile] bard's 30th; [livejournal.com profile] tephramancy who has been hermitting the last couple of months, and Laura WINOLJ, who is my ongoing unrequited PA girlcrush, and who I hadn't seen since the last time I was there. After I finished working, it was lovely to sit out in the garden with the girls, also including [livejournal.com profile] steerpikelet and her friend Jenny: all awesome women from completely different areas of my life, none of whom I see often enough. We smoked and gossiped and laughed and talked about some surprisingly intimate and difficult things, and it was affirming and brilliant.

The other thing that made that Planet Angel particularly fantastic was the music. I kept walking through rooms just as a classic tune was coming on. After I'd finished working I wandered into the Meltdown Room just in time for some happy 90s anthems that just made me bounce and grin like a loon; I caught Cellardore's Adagio for Breaks as I was heading out of the crew area through the Funky Room, and had to stop and dance to it. Then I decided to head out and find my people in the garden, so I went back to the crew area to get my jumper. As I came down the steps, laden with my bag and outdoor clothes, Cellardore was playing his filthy drum and bass Baker Street mix, and I just dumped my coat on the edge of my dancefloor and started skanking like a loon; he segued straight into his Tubulur Bells mix, even dirtier than the one before, like some sort of fantastically feel-good nostalgia session. After that finished I decided to keep going and get outside, but as I stepped into the Ibiza Bar an extended d&b remix of Faithless' Insomnia came on, so once again I dumped all my stuff on the floor and threw myself into it with abandon.

Cellardore's stuff isn't available for sale yet, but he's signed to Acidic Records (run by some friends-of-friends) and there should be something released soon. I adore everything I've ever heard him play. It's driving, filthy, melodic, bass-led mixes of classical and breaks and jazz and just, he explodes genre and the rhythms make your brain fizz and your heart jump and your blood sing; it makes me want to dance and laugh and punch things and close my eyes and cry, all at the same time. I have spent most of today streaming his stuff on repeat. Listen for yourself, let me know what you think.


Dec. 17th, 2007 09:53 pm
helenic: (leaning against wall)

I have a ticket to Planet Angel for NYE, but I'm thinking twice about going. The last few times I've been to Angel I didn't enjoy it that much, mostly because the mood of the crowd seems to have changed. The crowd is younger, drunker, pushier. I don't feel as comfortable there as I used to, and I'm anticipating that NYE will be even more touristy than usual.

Besides, my lovely [livejournal.com profile] romauld is working all evening behind the bar at the Pembury, and for far less money I could spend a few hours with him drinking good beer and playing games and listening to the live blues band they have booked. They have a late licence, so I can stay as long as I like before heading to a houseparty to get it ready for when the Angellers return. It's going to be cheaper, less hectic, less far away and less of a commitment than Angel. If I'm not having fun, going somewhere else will be much easier.

Would anyone else be up for seeing in the New Year at the Pembury? [livejournal.com profile] elise was talking about joining me, but lovely as her company is, I'm not sure how much of a party it'll be if she and the barman are the only people I know there. If I can collect a small group of people who aren't keen on the idea of midnight on a dancefloor, it'll make my decision much easier :)

helenic: (TG; dancing; glowy 2)

I never got the chance to write up the Happening Kristen and I did at Planet Angel in August. It was disappointing and successful in different ways. During the performance itself, it felt very strongly as if we were failing to achieve what we'd hoped. )

Except - afterwards, when we got home and I saw the finished paintings side by side in the dawn sunlight, all I could think was wow. They were - beautiful. I'd had no idea how bright they were. Vast, sunny swathes of colour swooped and soared across both canvasses, all in euphoric shades of pink and orange and blue. The name of the club was represented in images of a planet on one canvas and an angel on the other. A huge blue-purple dragon dived across the top of the picture, patterns streaming in its wake. I stopped and stared at the paintings for about ten minutes, realising that however uncomfortable and disorienting the experience had been at the time, we'd succeeded in our aim: we'd taken the Planet Angel vibe and put it onto canvas. And it was beautiful.

Because we'd stopped painting an hour earlier than we'd intended to, and because the paintings were going to be exhibited at K~nesis, Kristen and I talked to the Planet Angel organisers and agreed that it would be within the spirit of the event to do additional work on the paintings afterwards. The live painting experience was a kickstart, an inspiration, even if it didn't feel like it at the time; we then took the ideas we'd sketched in colour and ran with them. The two resulting paintings are tidier and less chaotic than the originals. We firmed up the structure of the composition, added more imagery. The underlying shape and tone of the two paintings was preserved, but re-imagined, turned into something new.
Works in progress: the paintings during and immediately after the live performance )

And the finished pieces:

Planet Angel I and II
Diptych; acrylic on two canvasses, each 32" x 40"
by Kristen Clatworthy and Helen Lambert
(click on each image to enlarge)

Not for sale
3 limited edition runs of 50 prints of available to order. Prints of each canvas should be ordered separately.

Some favourite things about these:
- The way each canvas stands alone as a balanced composition, but when you put the two together the shape and focus of them is completely transformed
- The fact that the planet and the angel are split between the two canvasses, framing the composition, and each with a mirror in its own half (the blue sphere to the planet, the eagle to the angel).
- The greater dragon head emerging from the background of the canvas on the right, to balance the two smaller dragons on the left; with its huge fiery eye and great blue snout, blowing flames beyond the smaller green dragon. This happened completely by accident, or else our instincts were more tuned in than our conscious thoughts :)

helenic: (TG; dancing; glowy 2)

Interactive Art? It doesn’t get better then this
Written by Pete
Tuesday, 24 July 2007

We love the mix of Art and Music, it’s a great way for people to express themselves and being creative is healthy we reckon... 

As you know, at the Party we always have the huge fluro painting canvasses for everyone to contribute to but we like to push the boundaries and this month we’re going one step further!

For the Happening this month, we’re pleased to present Helen and Kristen painting live in the Funky Lounge from 1am until 3am! They’ll be creating 2 or more separate works of art during the evening which are to be shown at an exhibition later this month.  The really cool thing is that everyone has a chance to contribute!

A sketchpad will be available for those with an idea for the paintings... Draw it out and Helen and Kristen will pick the best ideas that work with the theme, and paint them! Cool.

The paintings will be completely unique and probably a first ever, we can’t wait to see how they come out!

The canvasses will be shown at an exhibition by Helen and Kristen running at the Foundry from 21 Aug-2 Sept (with launch party on 22 Aug!) you can find out more about the exhibition and their work here.

That last link is to the shiny new K~nesis website, which was created last night with the help of my wonderful [livejournal.com profile] dennyd. Everyone should come to Planet Angel anyway, because it's the friendliest, most positive and creative trance club in London, but this month (that is, the Friday a week tomorrow) you should DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY come, because:

1. [livejournal.com profile] mr_magicfingers is leaving the country immediately afterwards and it's your last chance to bounce around with him and smother him in hugs;
2. These two girls are going to be doing LIVE PAINTING, which is a completely new thing they've never done before, and is the most excitingest awesomest thing ever;
3. I heard a rumour that they're going to be wearing teeny bikinis and UV bodypaint and very little else.

If you still aren't convinced, here's the blurb from our new website:

Planet Angel is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide inclusive, inspiring, safe environments where like-minded people can create, participate, connect and have fun. It hosts a monthly trance clubnight in South London - the Party. Its ethos is strongly creative and interactive; each Party features craft workshops, painting and poetry walls, and participants offering bodypainting, massages, and other contributions. One unique element of the party is the wide variety of performances, or 'Happenings', which take place at various times through the night. In the past these have included live music, storytelling, juggling, and dance.

Helen and Kristen will be doing a live painting performance at the next Party, on Friday August 10th. During this they will produce an improvised collaborative artwork inspired by the Party environment. The artwork's composition and subject matter will be unplanned and spontaneous; they will respond intuitively to the music and energy of the party to create a single large-scale painting over two or three large canvases. The look and feel of the painting as it develops will alter the vibe of the room, sparking an interaction between the artwork and its social environment. A sketchpad will be available for partygoers to make suggestions and contribute to the creative process.

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