MAIN ABOUT INSTALLATIONS EXHIBITION
The Mindwalks concept was created by Tony Collier (Ant) as a means of continuing his creative life. Ant is a retired architect with a lifelong interest in the Arts. Sketches he made on walks were often the inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Ten years ago, Ant was diagnosed with the progressive condition Motor Neurone Disease and is now physically confined to a wheelchair, his breathing assisted by a mechanical ventilator. Creativity is very much involved with externalising the internal so anyone with a condition like Ant’s can only operate creatively through collaboration with someone who understands the situation and who is sensitive to the ideas to be expressed. The original installation and films were developed by Ant in dialogue with Kate Green collaborating with an editor, Jack Miller. The project was both innovatory and experimental. It was difficult at the outset to see how it would turn out, nevertheless it generated extraordinary interest with distinguished artists, medical professionals and a wide audience with some travelling 200 miles to view the works. Subsequently they were successfully shown in 2 other locations. The creative development centred on an iterative process of exchange and dialogue to recreate the ideas and vision of Ant’s walks. Working with Kate, who explores walking in the rural landscape as an artistic medium, established the basis of the creative dialogue for the work to date. The next stage is to broaden and deepen the ideas and practise to include new participants and extend the range of artist involvement. Process The process is developing as we expand our range of contacts with filmmakers, artists and individuals keen to participate as Mindwalkers. The aim is to provide a means of creativity for individuals who depend on working in partnership to realise their creative ideas. This will result in a significant archive of work involving high quality artistic output developed through this experimental iterative process. The following dialogue illustrates the origins of the project which we are now looking to take on to another level. Ant: I’ve painted and drawn all my life but although I can no longer move my body or hands, I’ve felt very strongly that I had to find other ways to be creative. I walk in my mind. I’m not simply lying or sitting in bed recalling a memory. I’m actually walking the path and route in my mind, experiencing the act of walking and observing what’s around me. For me, it’s a very real walk which is sometimes quite long; other times very short. For example, I do pass the cotton grass on Cnicht. I do stand and experience the great open vistas which in many respects are closely related to my paintings. I used to wash thin layers of colour over hot pressed paper or on canvas to create a sense of space and depth. How have you created these interpretations of your Mindwalks? Ant: We work very much in collaboration. Each of us contributes to the development of the project. The Mindwalk is generated in my mind and at the outset it is very much a narrative, so the words and the development of the haikus and any prose is developed by myself in an iterative process with Kate. Kate interprets the Mindwalk by going on the walk with camera and audio equipment so the dialogue between us is critical, with Kate creating the audio-visual material -supported by Jack who provides the technical side of editing. Simply put, the Mindwalk and words come from myself, the audio-visual material and creative presentation comes from Kate. These are integrated on a collaborative basis over a series of sessions. Kate: I felt it was imperative that the visual material I had recorded on the walks was presented through a series of layers; not only to reference the traditional composition of paintings (and place Ant’s own paintings within that tradition) but also to position the Mindwalks within the context of Ant’s daily life. Projecting the films on to 3D objects has the ability to transform film into an immersive experience much nearer to the space that Ant aspired to in his paintings and to the space that I feel on a walk. With the help of Jack Miller as editor and technician I was able to achieve the transmission of this concept into each individual film, and then further develop the installation around the finished pieces. I tried to work in a different colour palette and tone for each walk, so that all four Mindwalks possessed a distinctive aesthetic.
Invitation to participate This is an evolving process and I’d love to hear from anyone interested in working with us, or contributing to the dialogue. At present, I (Ant) am working with filmmaker, Pip Heywood on a new work. I am also exploring experimental ideas with sound sculptor, Rie Nakajima and with other filmmakers. I am also talking to a range of people from different cultures and backgrounds both with conditions like mine and artists who are keen to participate in the creative process. Achieving successful funding applications will be critical to any major new developments. Please do contact me at iwalkinmymind@gmail.com
MINDWALKS I WALK IN MY MIND
Anthony Collier - Concept
Kate Green - Audio, Visual & Installation
IWALKINMYMIND@GMAIL.COM
MAIN
ABOUT INSTALLATIONS EXHIBITION
The Mindwalks concept was created by Tony Collier (Ant) as a means of continuing his creative life. Ant is a retired architect with a lifelong interest in the Arts. Sketches he made on walks were often the inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Ten years ago, Ant was diagnosed with the progressive condition Motor Neurone Disease and is now physically confined to a wheelchair, his breathing assisted by a mechanical ventilator. Creativity is very much involved with externalising the internal so anyone with a condition like Ant’s can only operate creatively through collaboration with someone who understands the situation and who is sensitive to the ideas to be expressed. The original installation and films were developed by Ant in dialogue with Kate Green collaborating with an editor, Jack Miller. The project was both innovatory and experimental. It was difficult at the outset to see how it would turn out, nevertheless it generated extraordinary interest with distinguished artists, medical professionals and a wide audience with some travelling 200 miles to view the works. Subsequently they were successfully shown in 2 other locations. The creative development centred on an iterative process of exchange and dialogue to recreate the ideas and vision of Ant’s walks. Working with Kate, who explores walking in the rural landscape as an artistic medium, established the basis of the creative dialogue for the work to date. The next stage is to broaden and deepen the ideas and practise to include new participants and extend the range of artist involvement.
Anthony Collier - Concept Kate Green - Audio, Visual & Installation
Process The process is developing as we expand our range of contacts with filmmakers, artists and individuals keen to participate as Mindwalkers. The aim is to provide a means of creativity for individuals who depend on working in partnership to realise their creative ideas. This will result in a significant archive of work involving high quality artistic output developed through this experimental iterative process. The following dialogue illustrates the origins of the project which we are now looking to take on to another level. Ant: I’ve painted and drawn all my life but although I can no longer move my body or hands, I’ve felt very strongly that I had to find other ways to be creative. I walk in my mind. I’m not simply lying or sitting in bed recalling a memory. I’m actually walking the path and route in my mind, experiencing the act of walking and observing what’s around me. For me, it’s a very real walk which is sometimes quite long; other times very short. For example, I do pass the cotton grass on Cnicht. I do stand and experience the great open vistas which in many respects are closely related to my paintings. I used to wash thin layers of colour over hot pressed paper or on canvas to create a sense of space and depth. How have you created these interpretations of your Mindwalks? Ant: We work very much in collaboration. Each of us contributes to the development of the project. The Mindwalk is generated in my mind and at the outset it is very much a narrative, so the words and the development of the haikus and any prose is developed by myself in an iterative process with Kate. Kate interprets the Mindwalk by going on the walk with camera and audio equipment so the dialogue between us is critical, with Kate creating the audio-visual material -supported by Jack who provides the technical side of editing. Simply put, the Mindwalk and words come from myself, the audio-visual material and creative presentation comes from Kate. These are integrated on a collaborative basis over a series of sessions. Kate: I felt it was imperative that the visual material I had recorded on the walks was presented through a series of layers; not only to reference the traditional composition of paintings (and place Ant’s own paintings within that tradition) but also to position the Mindwalks within the context of Ant’s daily life. Projecting the films on to 3D objects has the ability to transform film into an immersive experience much nearer to the space that Ant aspired to in his paintings and to the space that I feel on a walk. With the help of Jack Miller as editor and technician I was able to achieve the transmission of this concept into each individual film, and then further develop the installation around the finished pieces. I tried to work in a different colour palette and tone for each walk, so that all four Mindwalks possessed a distinctive aesthetic. Invitation to participate This is an evolving process and I’d love to hear from anyone interested in working with us, or contributing to the dialogue. At present, I (Ant) am working with filmmaker, Pip Heywood on a new work. I am also exploring experimental ideas with sound sculptor, Rie Nakajima and with other filmmakers. I am also talking to a range of people from different cultures and backgrounds both with conditions like mine and artists who are keen to participate in the creative process. Achieving successful funding applications will be critical to any major new developments. Please do contact me at iwalkinmymind@gmail.com
IWALKINMYMIND@GMAIL.COM
MINDWALKS I WALK IN MY MIND
The Mindwalks concept was created by Tony Collier (Ant) as a means of continuing his creative life. Ant is a retired architect with a lifelong interest in the Arts. Sketches he made on walks were often the inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Ten years ago, Ant was diagnosed with the progressive condition Motor Neurone Disease and is now physically confined to a wheelchair, his breathing assisted by a mechanical ventilator. Creativity is very much involved with externalising the internal so anyone with a condition like Ant’s can only operate creatively through collaboration with someone who understands the situation and who is sensitive to the ideas to be expressed. The original installation and films were developed by Ant in dialogue with Kate Green collaborating with an editor, Jack Miller. The project was both innovatory and experimental. It was difficult at the outset to see how it would turn out, nevertheless it generated extraordinary interest with distinguished artists, medical professionals and a wide audience with some travelling 200 miles to view the works. Subsequently they were successfully shown in 2 other locations. The creative development centred on an iterative process of exchange and dialogue to recreate the ideas and vision of Ant’s walks. Working with Kate, who explores walking in the rural landscape as an artistic medium, established the basis of the creative dialogue for the work to date. The next stage is to broaden and deepen the ideas and practise to include new participants and extend the range of artist involvement.
Kate Green - Audio, Visual & Installation Process The process is developing as we expand our range of contacts with filmmakers, artists and individuals keen to participate as Mindwalkers. The aim is to provide a means of creativity for individuals who depend on working in partnership to realise their creative ideas. This will result in a significant archive of work involving high quality artistic output developed through this experimental iterative process. The following dialogue illustrates the origins of the project which we are now looking to take on to another level. Ant: I’ve painted and drawn all my life but although I can no longer move my body or hands, I’ve felt very strongly that I had to find other ways to be creative. I walk in my mind. I’m not simply lying or sitting in bed recalling a memory. I’m actually walking the path and route in my mind, experiencing the act of walking and observing what’s around me. For me, it’s a very real walk which is sometimes quite long; other times very short. For example, I do pass the cotton grass on Cnicht. I do stand and experience the great open vistas which in many respects are closely related to my paintings. I used to wash thin layers of colour over hot pressed paper or on canvas to create a sense of space and depth. How have you created these interpretations of your Mindwalks? Ant: We work very much in collaboration. Each of us contributes to the development of the project. The Mindwalk is generated in my mind and at the outset it is very much a narrative, so the words and the development of the haikus and any prose is developed by myself in an iterative process with Kate. Kate interprets the Mindwalk by going on the walk with camera and audio equipment so the dialogue between us is critical, with Kate creating the audio-visual material -supported by Jack who provides the technical side of editing. Simply put, the Mindwalk and words come from myself, the audio-visual material and creative presentation comes from Kate. These are integrated on a collaborative basis over a series of sessions. Kate: I felt it was imperative that the visual material I had recorded on the walks was presented through a series of layers; not only to reference the traditional composition of paintings (and place Ant’s own paintings within that tradition) but also to position the Mindwalks within the context of Ant’s daily life. Projecting the films on to 3D objects has the ability to transform film into an immersive experience much nearer to the space that Ant aspired to in his paintings and to the space that I feel on a walk. With the help of Jack Miller as editor and technician I was able to achieve the transmission of this concept into each individual film, and then further develop the installation around the finished pieces. I tried to work in a different colour palette and tone for each walk, so that all four Mindwalks possessed a distinctive aesthetic. Anthony Collier - Concept
Invitation to participate This is an evolving process and I’d love to hear from anyone interested in working with us, or contributing to the dialogue. At present, I (Ant) am working with filmmaker, Pip Heywood on a new work. I am also exploring experimental ideas with sound sculptor, Rie Nakajima and with other filmmakers. I am also talking to a range of people from different cultures and backgrounds both with conditions like mine and artists who are keen to participate in the creative process. Achieving successful funding applications will be critical to any major new developments. Please do contact me at iwalkinmymind@gmail.com
IWALKINMYMIND@GMAIL.COM
The Mindwalks concept was created by Tony Collier (Ant) as a means of continuing his creative life. Ant is a retired architect with a lifelong interest in the Arts. Sketches he made on walks were often the inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Ten years ago, Ant was diagnosed with the progressive condition Motor Neurone Disease and is now physically confined to a wheelchair, his breathing assisted by a mechanical ventilator. Creativity is very much involved with externalising the internal so anyone with a condition like Ant’s can only operate creatively through collaboration with someone who understands the situation and who is sensitive to the ideas to be expressed. The original installation and films were developed by Ant in dialogue with Kate Green collaborating with an editor, Jack Miller. The project was both innovatory and experimental. It was difficult at the outset to see how it would turn out, nevertheless it generated extraordinary interest with distinguished artists, medical professionals and a wide audience with some travelling 200 miles to view the works. Subsequently they were successfully shown in 2 other locations. The creative development centred on an iterative process of exchange and dialogue to recreate the ideas and vision of Ant’s walks. Working with Kate, who explores walking in the rural landscape as an artistic medium, established the basis of the creative dialogue for the work to date. The next stage is to broaden and deepen the ideas and practise to include new participants and extend the range of artist involvement.
Kate Green - Audio, Visual & Installation Process The process is developing as we expand our range of contacts with filmmakers, artists and individuals keen to participate as Mindwalkers. The aim is to provide a means of creativity for individuals who depend on working in partnership to realise their creative ideas. This will result in a significant archive of work involving high quality artistic output developed through this experimental iterative process. The following dialogue illustrates the origins of the project which we are now looking to take on to another level. Ant: I’ve painted and drawn all my life but although I can no longer move my body or hands, I’ve felt very strongly that I had to find other ways to be creative. I walk in my mind. I’m not simply lying or sitting in bed recalling a memory. I’m actually walking the path and route in my mind, experiencing the act of walking and observing what’s around me. For me, it’s a very real walk which is sometimes quite long; other times very short. For example, I do pass the cotton grass on Cnicht. I do stand and experience the great open vistas which in many respects are closely related to my paintings. I used to wash thin layers of colour over hot pressed paper or on canvas to create a sense of space and depth. How have you created these interpretations of your Mindwalks? Ant: We work very much in collaboration. Each of us contributes to the development of the project. The Mindwalk is generated in my mind and at the outset it is very much a narrative, so the words and the development of the haikus and any prose is developed by myself in an iterative process with Kate. Kate interprets the Mindwalk by going on the walk with camera and audio equipment so the dialogue between us is critical, with Kate creating the audio-visual material -supported by Jack who provides the technical side of editing. Simply put, the Mindwalk and words come from myself, the audio-visual material and creative presentation comes from Kate. These are integrated on a collaborative basis over a series of sessions. Kate: I felt it was imperative that the visual material I had recorded on the walks was presented through a series of layers; not only to reference the traditional composition of paintings (and place Ant’s own paintings within that tradition) but also to position the Mindwalks within the context of Ant’s daily life. Projecting the films on to 3D objects has the ability to transform film into an immersive experience much nearer to the space that Ant aspired to in his paintings and to the space that I feel on a walk. With the help of Jack Miller as editor and technician I was able to achieve the transmission of this concept into each individual film, and then further develop the installation around the finished pieces. I tried to work in a different colour palette and tone for each walk, so that all four Mindwalks possessed a distinctive aesthetic. Anthony Collier - Concept Invitation to participate This is an evolving process and I’d love to hear from anyone interested in working with us, or contributing to the dialogue. At present, I (Ant) am working with filmmaker, Pip Heywood on a new work. I am also exploring experimental ideas with sound sculptor, Rie Nakajima and with other filmmakers. I am also talking to a range of people from different cultures and backgrounds both with conditions like mine and artists who are keen to participate in the creative process. Achieving successful funding applications will be critical to any major new developments. Please do contact me at iwalkinmymind@gmail.com
IWALKINMYMIND@GMAIL.COM