Scheduled Programming on Culture Colony?
19th March 2011
While Culture Colony is still in the planning stages for it's own regular arts magazine programme two 'Platform Members' have started to create content with the aim of broadcasting on Culture Colony at regular scheduled dates.
Working in parallel with their Platforms on Cuture Colony, PayneChristie and MOMA Wales have made the first programmes that, it is hoped, will work interactively with the people who join their platforms.
The MOMA Wales Interviews with Mavis Nicholson started over a year ago with a pilot programme featuring an interview with painter David Tress. Now, with momentum growing on the Culture Colony web site, a second interview has been conducted. This time with artist Stephen West who will have an exhibition of sculptures and drawings at MOMA Wales from the 4th of April called 'Caru Cwn - Love Dogs (and other creatures)'. It is expected that another two interviews, conducted by Mavis Nicholson, will take place soon.
PayneChristie have produced a more left field arts magazine programme called 'Standing on the Edge'. This programme contains clips from Culture Colony video's wrapped by film they shoot at a specific grid reference on a map. Episode 1 comes from SN7493, an iced over lake. We see Sam Christie in a wet suit getting into the lake and breaking the ice. The first frames of the programme are filmed under the ice. Could breaking through the ice be a metophorical vehicle for Culture Colony itself? Could locating Culture Colony clips within a video specifically located to a definite physical place signify that Culture Colony is both a virtual and physical experience?
You can read as much as you like into the antics of Tom Payne and Sam Christie as they explore the landscape in their own peculiar way. It's going to be an interesting journey following this arts series on Culture Colony. Episode 2 is about to be filmed - the map has been found and a grid reference decided.
Sam Christie prepares the camera
Pete Telfer from Culture Colony said ''Arts programming has virtually dissappeared from our television schedules, especially regional programming where the impact for the artist is most beneficial. During the 90's the arts were well served on television but the trend has moved away from regular magazine programmes on all three channels in Wales to a few intermittent documentaries. The 'reality' show is now the cultural content of the television''. For it's part Culture Colony is planning a more 'traditional' type of arts magazine programme and Pete went on to say "We don't imagine we can replace television, but we do think we can provide an alternative where the artists themselves can be in control of how they are represented to a public - rather than through the middle men of tv producers and directors who might have different agendas to the artists intention".
Stephen West on screen.
Culture Colony has welcomed the developments from PayneChristie and MOMA Wales who have begun uploading regular content to the site even before Culture Colony has done it itself. Although there are still some functions that need to be added to Culture Colony, and we hope to have these in place soon, this idea of regular programming is where the potential of Culture Colony can be best seen as this arts web site makes the move from being a peer to peer experience, like other existing sites, and develops into areas of broadcasting that will attract a wider general public. This will genuinely offer an alternative place for cultural content to anyone wishing to access it and give subscribing artists opportunities to share their ideas among a wider audience from all backgrounds.
Watch this space!
Also See -
Llyn Conach gallery
MOMA Wales platform
MOMA Wales profile
Stephen West profile