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Artist, filmmaker and creative director of digital media for narrative environments

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> Foreign Logics
CD-rom collaboration with the writer Bernard Cohen. The tourist's experience of language is of mistranslations, words overheard and partly comprehended, language used too fast or stretched out so slowly that the beginning of a sentence disappears as it’s end approaches. We remember places for their (instantly judged) feel of love or threat. The tourist irrevocably owns all visited destinations. Bickerstaff and Cohen make them available for recall in ten remnant words - from which emerge half-memories, recent and ancient legends, foreign logics and a game of Pong. Commissioned by DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency
> Tourism
CD-rom collaboration with the writer Bernard Cohen. Tourism is a CD-rom that evolved from the initial development process that eventually lead to another CD-rom project, Foreign Logics. The tourist's experience of language is of mistranslations, words overheard and partly comprehended, language used too fast or stretched out so slowly that the beginning of a sentence disappears as it’s end approaches. We remember places for their (instantly judged) feel of love or threat. The tourist irrevocably owns all visited destinations.Commissioned by DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency
> Gilt
Gilt is a collaboration using photographs and videos by Chris Wainwright and an interactive construct by David Bickerstaff. It has at it's core, a morphing sequence of light sources derived from banks, state buildings, and centres of power throughout the world. From this central sequence it is possible to move into a series of quick time movies that further explore the issues surrounding power, public and private space and the architecture of finance.
> The Cistern
The Cistern comprised of a touch-screen computer, with video and sound, located in a disused toilet cubicle in a Georgian bath. Here the viewer explores a macro landscape of bodies and dilapidated rooms by touching and dragging their finger across the computer interface while an orchestration of voices, found water and machinery sounds emanate from the surrounding walls and across the ceiling. With each touch they perform a navigation, exploring the digital space.Commissioned by DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency and Bath Festivals Trust
> Chanzo
CD-rom. If you have never been to Tanzania, then the only understanding or personal experience you have of Tanzania is that realised through anecdotal stories told by past travellers and tourist media. In Chanzo, a collection of impressions are compiled from text, images, and sounds gathered from advertising, books, and the internet, forming a personal journey that is presented back to an African audience for discussion. Commissioned by the British Council, Tanzania and exhibited at The National Museum of Tanzania.
> The Big Idea
Artistic minds are like open books, littered with the residue of past and future adventures. The Big Idea takes a light-hearted look at the influences, frustrations, and distractions that engages the creative mind in the pursuit of expression. The Big Idea CD-rom was made to accompany the exhibition 'BOOK' curated by David Bickerstaff which showed specially commissioned installation pieces by 4 artists - David Austen, Neil Miller, Mark Wallinger and Daphne Wright.'
> Bitblood Baby
Using the 'game' format as a metaphor, Bitblood Baby deals with questions of genetic intervention by creating a hypothetical system for baby construction. The viewer has an opportunity to construct their own child through a series of multiple choices which are governed at first by a visual selection of facial 'bits'. These 'bits' reveal a nine point description of your potential child which you are asked to accept or reject. Name your child and view others as choices need to made. Made in collaboration with Julian Bromley (sound) and Paul Whittington (programming)
 
> White Space, Black Mark
This site experiments with the notion of mark-making in digital space. The code has spacial parameters which have been altered and edited to perform tasks such as repeating, randomising, distorting and looping. The uniqueness of movies comes from altering marks or drawings embedded in the programme and endless spacial values. The works exhibited here have minimal interactivity and have been adapted from open source actionscripts that allow artists who are not expert programmers to devise new forms of notation and kinetic expression. < play >
> Angels Dancing on the Head of a Pin
An experimental internet piece commissioned by DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency for their Click Forward (2) programme at Video Positive 2000 in Liverpool. Curated by Giles Lane from Proboscis, Click Forward (2) examined the notion of "online film" or the online "cinematic experience". The original work was conceived as a linear loop that mixed the recollections of paranoid psychzophrenics with the banal conversations about domestic technology by the Apple Macintosh text-to-speech characters. It is very difficult to show the original experiment online, so this is a second version of 'Angels Dancing on the Head of a Pin', which has been constructed for smooher download. < play >
> Cistern
This site was produced in association with an installation at the Old Royal Baths in Bath, UK. It shows a process of mapping that uncover text and symbols. These lead to found sounds and distant voices telling stories of water, cures, miracles, spiritual experiences, pleasure and pain. Gossip, myths, architecture and science are some of the elements that go to formulate the experience and show the presence of the past in the future. Commisioned by DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency and The Bath Festival Trust. < play >

> Tabernacles of Love
WARNING: All the material on this site has been adapted from pornographic resources which some people may find offensive...but on the contrary, those parts of body that seems to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty - (1 Corinthians 12:22-23).This site looks at the mechanics of pornography on the web and challenges the particular graphic style they employ with moral dilemmas and quotes from the Bible shown as script error warnings. < play >

> Ubiquity
Ubiquity aims to create a city space which is defined through a series of words, symbols and images offered to the immigrant browser. These maybe prescriptive, prohibitive, or informative, couched in more or less explicit and codified ideograms, (road signs, maps, guides, advertisements, etc), or sometimes in ordinary, audible language. The city space is formed by the traveller catching only partial snapshots, piled hurriedly into his/her memory only to be recomposed in the account he/she gives of them. Programming by Andi Freeman at Deepdisc. Commissioned by The Laboratory at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and Artec. < play >
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