Experimental ‘Mixed Tape’ Video Evening

On Wednesday evening (23 August) at the gallery we had a trial run of a format for an evening of sharing video clips from YouTube (could be from other sites, but YouTube has the playlist facility).

This is the playlist that was prepared before the evening, if you wanted to look.

The idea we have had is that instead of watching things on individual devices by yourself, watching with others gives another dimension. People laugh at the same points, you can discuss things that come up, you see things you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. There could be themed evenings on a particular topic. Or like this one an eclectic mixture of things that the audience may not have seen and may find interesting.

The test evening was to try out equipment. Getting a good sound quality is important if you are listening to music. By the end of the evening we had a working set up that sounded good, but there were lots of cables all over, so that still needs some working out.

The projector and internet worked well. From a practical point of view it would be better to set up the projector as a ‘second monitor’, so that one screen can be used to cue up other extra videos suggested by the audience while one is playing. These could be added to the playlist while it is running.

Other things to note: You do have to be ready to skip adverts and alter the volume because the levels vary between videos.

What name could we give to these evenings? Any suggestions?

Scene 1: The army sets out

An experiment in story telling with a ‘frame of puppets’.

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Part of the development of the puppet theatre the gallery

This crude experiment is the first stage in the development of a scrolling background in the puppet theatre. It has established a traditional method to create illusion of movement while the figure remains stationary. It will form part of our introductory sequence to the opening of the talking head theatre.

Rob Gordon talks about the Pub Philosophy Movement

Groups are meeting in Machynlleth and Dolgellau to talk about philosophy. Why not here in Barmouth?

Rob Campbell has run philosophical discussion groups at various locations since 2000 and is currently facilitating a group at The Stag Inn, Dolgellau and at Cafe Glas, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, as mentioned in the video. His website with contact details is here: http://www.alltogethermusic.co.uk/about-rob.html

Lawrence and Bernard mess around

A thank you to all the friends who celebrated the recovery of Bernard’s clarinet.

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Penny Gibbons from Towyn talks about setting up her new studio

Retired teacher begins new life

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Puppet Parade through Barmouth, Part 2

Part of the Puppet Carnival 19/20 September 2015 organised by St John’s Hall Gallery. Second stage of the parade on the Saturday.

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Large Dragon Parades Around Talbot Square, Barmouth

Fabulous dragon puppet made by Sue, parading through the square on 20 September 2015 as part of the Puppet Carnival organised by St John’s Hall Gallery.

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Puppet Parade through Barmouth, part 1

Part of the Puppet Carnival 19/20 September 2015 organised by St John’s Hall Gallery

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John Ruskin Visits Barmouth Puppet Carnival

On the weekend of 19/20 September 2015 St John’s Hall Gallery hosted a Puppet Carnival, which we hope will become an annual event.
Why John Ruskin?
The Guild of St George was founded by John Ruskin on the Rock in Barmouth in 1871. He wished to establish a community to promote the well being and happiness of working men and to prevent them from slipping into beggary/poverty. See: http://ift.tt/1V5Loc2 for more info.

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