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2011 was quite busy for the Somewhere girls...The year was dominated by the unexpected delight of the Floating Cinema, working for the first time with the wonderful Up and Studio Weave Architects. The transformed barge became a summer hit (well, unless it was pouring with rain) and travelled as far as the canals would allow it with great films, performances and talks. It was a time to (occasionally) despair at the technical meltdown a cinema on a boat can produce, and also to meet some longstanding heroes such as Iain Sinclair and Richard Mabey, and to screen some rare artists films and doc gems. The website - by our longterm collaborator Dorian Fraser-Moore is a delight and very clever too BTW. We remain in deep negotiation to bring the Cinema back for 2012 - wish us luck.
We also showed some work relating to our ongoing pedigree cat project at the Beijing International Design Triennial and the Wellcome Trust in London. We got involved with the brilliant Doc Alliance, where you can now download our first film Bata-ville, and our installation Home-made Heroes was returned home after a marathon 9-year international tour by the Barbican! We had a few almost-rans with nice collaborators public works and we made that and hope we can work together in the future tho' twas not to be this time round.
2012 holds some big stuff - the premiere (we don't know where or when but watch this space) of Jaywick Escapes, our third documentary film, and then we'll be releasing it on Download and DVD. Perhaps a 2012 Floating Cinema ?! Some nice smaller stuff too is happening - kicking off with a January screening in Manchester by the fabulously-named Loiterers Resistance Movement of our first film, Bata-ville, on January 26th at the Manchester Metroplitan University. If Karen has the technology she might do a Skype Directors Q & A after.
The Finnish Institute is revisiting our 2002 webcast TV swansong in a new publication that re-contextualises artists' TV ten years later and in the Youtube / iPlayer world we now inhabit. We are also welcoming an American intern to our desks in 2012, so all our pencils will be sharp and our diaries well organised.
There's also apparently some big sports thing happening right by the garden (What Will the Harvest Be?) that we designed in East London, so that's no doubt going to bring a few more visitors and gardeners our way during what will be our third harvest there.