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Didn’t expect that did you?” What Joel Gethin Lewis (one half of Hellicar and Lewis) yelled out when he took to the stage.
(Joel Gethin Lewis, October Campfire) 1
campfire storytellers 2012
David Rowan, Editor, Wired Magazine
Kinetica Art Fair, Kinetica Museum
Adrian Boot, Photographer
Michael Lawrence, Former Global Editor, Reuters News
Laura Jordan-Bambach, Creative Director, D&AD White Pencil Peace Ambassador
Ian Tilton, Photographer
Dennis Bovell, Reggae Pioneer, Producer
Goran Tomasevic, Photographer, Photojournalist
D&AD White Pencil Awards, Peace One Day Exhibition
Kam Star, Games Developer, Founder of Digital Shoreditch Festival
Sunrise Awards 2012
Sunrise Awards 2012, Jeremy Boxer, Director of 2012 Vimeo Festival
Sunrise Awards 2012, Mikey Please, BAFTA Winning Animator
Little White Lies Magazine, Cover Artwork Exhibition
Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer, UK Design Council
Matt Black, DJ, Producer (Coldcut), Co-Founder Ninja Tune Records
The Summer Cookout & Sunset Awards 2012
The Design Council Challenges Exhibition
Ben Hopper, Photographer
New Digital Realities, Enda Guinan, Joel Gethin Lewis and Bruce Ferguson
S.W.O.R.D.S, Glitch Bitch Video, ditto tracks
Forms, Cultural Olympiad, Davide Quayola, Artist Memo Akten, Artist
Ben Kelly, Designer
Introduction to our third collection of Campfire stories. A flavour and archive of the remarkable journey we have taken over the past twelve months. Here it is – our Campfire 2012. Of course this isn’t Campfire, anymore than your Facebook profile picture is “you”. This Compendium, engrossing as we hope you’ll find it, is a snapshot of our Campfire 2012. To get the full picture you need more information – a lot more information. That’s why we designed Campfire to be what it is – a way of storytelling across as many different platforms as we can get our grubby paws on. Yes, it’s fun to play with video and apps, blogging makes sense, and who wouldn’t want their own radio station? But the point of all this exploring and activity is that it gets us closer to the full picture. Because the story you get from someone stood in front of hundreds of people isn’t the same as the one you’ll hear in the intimacy of a sprawling radio interview over a bottle of wine or two. One is no more “true” than the other - but add them together and they are far more than the sum of their parts. We’ve been very lucky with our Campfire speakers – and we’re proud of their calibre. But I’m also proud that we’ve created a space where they feel the
safety and freedom to share in the incredible way that they do. I genuinely never know where each speaker will take us, and there’s a joy in that for me. Every month some brave soul comes into a pretty unorthodox environment and agrees to tell us their tale. And every month I’m astonished by the stories that unfold. There’s always a moment when I think, “I wish such-and-such had been there to hear that.” And then, because of all the hard work our team puts into capturing that magic moment, I can send “such-and-such” a link, and it’s like they were. So please enjoy this snapshot of Campfire 2012. If you’d like to dig a little deeper, you can visit our website and watch the videos, or listen to the radio interviews, or find us on Facebook and have a whiz through the pics. You could even come down on the third Thursday of any month and see for yourself. And remember - if you find something that interests you, pass it on, or let us know. Because stories aren’t just made to be told, they’re made to be shared. Tom Bolton Head of Editorial Photography: Toby Wolf
Welcome to the third Compendium of our Campfire storytelling adventure. Welcome one and welcome all – whether you are a regular or a first timer – thank you so much for your support. Thank you for the love of “YES”.
Campfire is a simple idea... On the third Thursday of every month we invite those with a tale to tell to come down and tell it at The Lighthouse, our wonderful studio, to a room full of like-minded people. No appearance fees. No admission fee. Open to all. And as the sun sets, something extraordinary happens. We gather, we share a glass, a bite to eat, make new friends and meet old ones… and so another story begins. But that’s only a part of the delight of these special nights. We blog about them, curate a gallery on our ditto doors, produce radio shows, film the event, and broadcast everything across our sites and apps. Then each year we archive the whole kit and caboodle with love and affection in this Compendium. And what wonderful stories we have shared this past twelve months. Campfire is entering its fourth year of stories, pictures, words and sounds for us to share again. One night a month when “something magic happens”. So thank you one, and thank you all for the tremendous privilege we all feel here at ditto in hosting Campfire. Thank you to our wonderful storytellers, thank you to our audience. Thank you all for the power of “YES”. Without it we wouldn’t be here. Please enjoy our Compendium, crafted with passion and care. Our journal of the journey. Our almanac of the positive. For the love of “YES”. Good people doing good things. Michael Wilson Founder & Creative Director
Future gazing with the Editor of Wired magazine
Words: Jez Smadja Illustration: Toby Haynes
The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. Those ten simple words were projected in large letters on the screen behind David Rowan, revered editor of Wired Magazine, as he took centre stage for our twenty-fifth Campfire and possibly our best attended to date. The words belong to William Gibson, of course, author of Neuromancer and much else besides. And what they were intended to mean, we suspect, is that certain individuals – the inventors, the programmers, the visionaries blessed with startling foresight, and the technologists squirreling away in their labs – have already invented the future. Now they’re just waiting for the rest to catch up. It’s a description that also applies to Wired Magazine (tagline – The Future As It Happens) who’ve been on the forefront of the technological revolution for almost 20 years (in digital years, that’s an aeon). And we like to think it also applies to ditto. Ahead of the curve is where we’ve perennially found ourselves, and that’s exactly where we intend to remain, especially if we follow some of the ideas that David Rowan entertained us with during the course of his enthralling talk. On a subject which needed little rehearsal for this seasoned guest speaker, David proceeded to explain the ways in which technology has changed human behaviour, and gave us a glimpse of the world of start-up billionaires, maths geniuses and web gurus who are boldly going where no man has gone before. By way of introduction, David showed us a clip from the film 1999 A.D. Released some 45 years ago, it predicted with unnerving accuracy 21st century ‘push button’ phenomena such as internet shopping. What it failed to predict was the sexual revolution, and a world where women no longer needed their husband’s credit card to pay for their shopping – but you can’t be right about everything.
David then undertook to be our humble guide to the future, accompanying us on a tour at the speed of light through DNA-based social networking, social commerce, mobile payments, 3-D printing and some of the issues surrounding web privacy (what has elsewhere been referred to as our ‘digital soul’). It was a truly global trip, taking in rural Kenyans using their phones to send money, Russian billionaires creating location-based dating services via mobile, and European P2P lending websites. The pace of technological change over the past few decades has been truly astonishing. Things that used to take our breath away as children watching Tomorrow’s World, today we take for granted. Inevitably, it is the youngest generation who are the first to embrace the potential of new technology, as David explained to the audience. Teenagers today will probably be doing jobs with titles that haven’t been invented yet. For the rest of us, it’s a case of keeping abreast of each new wave of change – probably by reading Wired.
Upstairs the motion graphics studio The Darkroom created a miniature installation of their enormous light shows, which they take all around the world. They were also projecting images from our beautiful 2011 Compendium, hot off the press, a copy of which everyone who attended Campfire got to take home with them. With so much going on, and a VIP cast of past and future Campfire speakers in attendance, this was a sensational start to 2012 and it will take some beating… Who would have thought, when we began our journey at ditto three years ago, that we’d reach this point? The future may not be evenly distributed, but it is most definitely here, you can be sure of that.
The night was further enhanced by the exceptional art that was on display in our gallery space. Kinetica Art Fair is a yearly show dedicated to kinetic, electronic and robotic art. As a prelude to their 2012 show taking place in London this February, we featured a selection of Kinetica installations, including a dyspeptic antique typewriter (it’s the literary equivalent of a barrel piano) which clacks out reams of abuse for being consigned to the scrapheap of technology. There was also a piece called Robot Birds, which are mechanical birds made of broken mobile phones. Each has a unique phone number, and when you call it, the bird flaps its wings and coos electronically. The creators Neil Mendoza and Anthony Goh were around the ditto offices all day and we were glad to make their acquaintance.
Left-top: David storytelling at Campfire Left-Bottom: Campfire audience Right-top: Wired logo Right-bottom: Futuristic projections from The Darkroom
Kinetica Art Fair Exhibition Produced by Kinetica Museum and focusing on electronics and robotics, the Kinetica Art Fair brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world. Kinetica aims to actively encourage the convergence of art and technology, providing an alternative platform to static traditional forms of art such as painting and sculpture. Between 2006 and 2008, Kinetica hosted six major exhibitions at its original museum space inside Old Spitalfields Market. Having outgrown the space, the inaugural Kinetica Art Fair was held in 2009 at Ambika P3 in Marylebone. Since then Kinetica has continued to champion artistic innovation of all kinds globally, exploring the complexities between scientific developments and the human condition.
Left-page: ‘Tunnel View’ by Hans Kotter Top: ‘Robot Birds’ by Neil Mendoza & Anthony Goh Middle: ‘Pony’ by Tim Lewis Bottom: ‘Liquid Space 6.0’ by Studio Roosegaarde
Ian Tilton has been there to capture some of the most seminal moments in modern music. But hanging out with rock stars and divas can take its toll. Sometimes it means losing your favourite hat to Duff McKagan Words: Tom Bolton Photography: Ian Tilton
Taking a look through some of Ian Tilton’s amazing photos of the great, the good, the bad and the mad of the world of rock bands, you might find yourself asking, “how on earth did he get that shot?” Kurt Cobain in tears post show. That shot of Ian Brown with an orange in his mouth. Morrissey live and louche on stage. Moments of intimacy, insight and privilege.
February’s Campfire with Ian answered that question eloquently – within moments of beginning his talk, Ian unwittingly made it all very clear. Patently, he is not simply a gifted photographer, he is also a very nice man. That may sound trite, but it could well be the key to his success. Ian is a nice man, and people trust him. That’s why he gets those shots of superstars with their guard down, because they know he’ll look after them. As a result, and as he explained to a captivated Campfire audience at The Lighthouse, Ian has photographed and toured with some of the biggest names in the business. He’s been there, done that, got the tour t-shirt and then some. Let’s face it – if you’ve partied with Guns and Roses, you know you’ve partied. Another key element to Ian’s astounding success has been his ability to discover the next big thing before they hit and go supernova. And so it was with The Stone Roses, a band that meant so much to so many, and that Ian had unparalleled access to in their early years. In fact it was Ian who drew Ian Brown’s signature monkey face from him that first time – a natural, spontaneous moment of levity, as can be seen from the laughter etched on Jon Squire’s face in the background. With The Stone Roses back together, Ian will soon be publishing his extensive collection of photos of the band in a book titled ‘Set in Stone’, which is certainly worth a look for all Roses fans. The evening saw tales of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, of booze, tour buses and very friendly fans, plus millionaire rock stars with a penchant for other people’s hats. But Ian also shared his own personal story, away from the limelight. The deafness that had such a huge affect on him in his teenage years, and the revelation that was the physical experience of music, then eventually, hearing aids.
In keeping with the kind of person he is, Ian is now a qualified councillor, and works with various marginalised and vulnerable individuals, helping them in a multitude of ways. There’s still up-and-coming bands, and the theatre photography, but life’s a little calmer now. He’s had his tough times, and his moments high on the hog with awards and accolades. But most of all Ian has succeeded in marching to the beat of his own drum, if you’ll pardon the pun – listening to the voice within himself, and trying to do the right thing. And that in itself is a true indicator of success.
Top: The Stone Roses Middle: Morrisey Bottom-left: Brett Anderson (Suede) Bottom-right: Iggy Pop
“Uncle Jim was a hero to me.” But uncle Jim wasn’t really uncle Jim. He was the lodger at my grandparent’s house. He was a permanent fixture in my life, and we shared a unique bond; founded mainly on mickey-taking. Made out of wood and decorated with a snooker table on top, Jim’s jewellery box contained his tacky gold chains and necklaces. It was his way of showing that an Orphan from Barbados had come good.
I met Bob as a Christmas party 18 months ago. He’s a minister at my local Unitarian church and we really clicked. We read similar books, and have a great passion for life and philosophy. Bob is very practical and believes in walking the walk. He was a prolific union leader and he now helps asylum seekers and organises parties for disadvantaged kids.
We either learn things by taking time to be aware of how the world really works, or we learn things the hard way and get burnt. For me honesty always comes through in the end. Things are always changing and as soon as I think I’ve got life sussed it turns it around. There’s always stuff to deal with in the world and we’re always battling. I battle more when I’m selfish, but that’s when I get really hurt.
Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing
Queen Tie Your Mother Down
Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now
The stone roses Second Coming
Paul Weller Wild Wood
“The poncho gives me power.” I started wearing ponchos after my wife persuaded me to start going to festivals again. However, there was one place in Manchester, a vintage clothing store, that sold them – and they only stocked them in winter. In good faith I ordered a dark poncho. One week later my poncho arrived. It was bright orange.
“Will you solidify Anglo-American relations and give me your hat?” Those were the diplomatic words of Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. On tour with the legendary rockers in Texas, we passed a fantastic cowboy shop on the road. Wanting to bag myself some rawhide accessories, I got up in the early morning and walked two and half miles to procure myself a white cowboy hat. I initially resisted Duff’s advances for my leathery chapeaux, but I eventually capitulated, trading it for Duff’s rare Jack Daniels Field Tester. But Duff didn’t have the coveted hat for long either; during the gig frontman Axl Rose nicked it off his head.
Ian Tilton Exhibition No stranger to the tour bus, rock photographer Ian Tilton has captured some of the most iconic rock bands on film: The Smiths, New Order, The Happy Mondays, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Oasis, Morrissey and Bjork. However, he is perhaps best known for the iconic image of Kurt Cobain crying backstage on Nirvana’s European tour, and coaxing those monkey face, orange in the mouth shots from Ian Brown of the Stone Roses.
Celebrating 20 years as a rock and theatre stage photographer, Ian is releasing his book ‘What The World Is Waiting For’. Filled with photographs that span an incredible career, the book displays Ian’s uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time. www.iantilton.net
Left-page: Kurt Cobain Top: The Stone Roses Bottom: Slash (Saul Hudson)
STIR IT UP When you produce Marvin Gaye, you better make sure you produce the Marvinettes too. The British reggae pioneer and acclaimed producer looks back at an incredible career and on to the future. Words: George Ryder Illustration: Toby Haynes
Not a story but a revelation
That’s how Dennis Bovell began his Campfire and it turned out to be exactly that. In front of a packed Campfire, fuelled by Irish stew and Guinness, Dennis began his tale. Ironically Dennis nearly didn’t come to Campfire at all. He was wearing earplugs when ditto alumni and previous speaker Ashley Beedle first propositioned Campfire to him in a club. Over the thumping bass Ashley shouted “Campfire! Campfire!” Dennis lip-read it as “Mien Kampf! Mien Kampf!” which is probably not the best way to attract a reggae pioneer. But fortunately Ashley persevered, and brought Dennis onboard. What struck the audience on the night was how humble and ‘normal’ Dennis is. No airs or graces, just a relaxed genial man in navy jeans and a pink polo shirt; which is remarkable considering how much he’s achieved in a towering career. The lack of attitude, not the ensemble. Dennis spoke of his early years, his school opposite Wandsworth Prison from which Ronnie Biggs escaped, his friendship with keyboardist Nick Straker, and how he used to crouch in
his bedroom, watching Westerns, one headphone on, the other ear listening out for the creeks of his father coming up the wooden stairs. Moving on, Dennis turned the audience’s attention to the projection screen of an early Top of the Pops appearance (those were the days weren’t they). Referring to his performance live with Janet Kay on vocals, Dennis instructed the audience to watch out for her high note. And it was truly extraordinary – in pitch, timbre, and duration. Even more astounding, however, was what followed, as Dennis hit that self same note, getting as close as nature allows a man to. It was an unexpected, entertaining, and enlivening moment – much like the man himself. Ever self-effacing, Dennis regaled the audience of an epic guitar dual with John Kpiaye. Each claimed to be the rightful successor to Jimi Hendrix, and Dennis made his case, hands and fingers ripping into a Satriani-like air guitar solo, trading licks in a musical battle royale. Unfortunately for Dennis, moments into Kpiaye’s first run, he realised he was seriously out-gunned, and duly announced himself herewith to be “the bass player”. The eclectic nature of Dennis’ producing career was evident, from The Slits to Edwin Collins’ ‘Never met a girl like you before’. On the latter’s first release it
rocketed to number one – in Belgium. It’s only because of Dennis’s judgement and tenacity that it ever got the recognition it deserved, with him forcing through a second release, bringing that classic riff beyond the borders of the Benelux nations. But as a yardstick for Dennis’ talents, he produced none other than the legendary Marvin Gaye (who’s also big in Belgium). Marvin wasn’t the most orthodox producing experience for Dennis, who described him as “a character”. Rather then be in the studio, Marvin elected to retire back to his hotel bedroom and let Dennis ply his trade. When our guest speaker returned to Marvin’s Queensway abode he put the mix on the tape recorder and awaited the great man’s reaction. “I can’t hear Marvin!” he shrieked. What Marvin was referring to was his lead
vocal. The 20 odd backing vocals (also Marvin) were of course ‘The Marvinettes’. Oh to have been a fly on that particular wall. As ever though, Campfire is also about visual storytelling, with the ditto doors perfectly on song, featuring an exhibition from Adrian Moot, one of Britain’s most celebrated reggae photographers. ditto felt honoured that artists of Dennis Bovell’s and Adrian Boot’s calibre would say “yes” and join us on our Campfire journey. When there’s Irish stew, beer, great art and reggae, it’s very hard not to have a good time – but the key ingredient was, and always will be: good people. And that’s Dennis and Adrian to a tee.
Top-left: Matumbi in the Top 40 charts Top-right: Matumbi ‘Music in the Air’ album cover Top: Matumbi photographed by Adrian Boot Bottom: Black Beard ‘Strictly Dub Wize’ album cover
“I’m fascinated by the fact that turned upside down, Barbados is the only other landmass that looks like Africa.” Also Barbados dominates the Caribbean cricket scene, with 8 out of the 11 West Indies team being Barbadians.
“He was instrumental in the invention of the solar panel and before he passed away, he supervised the solarisation of the Gerkin.” My uncle Professor Oliver St Clair Headly was also a Barbados scholar in both physics and chemistry (to qualify you have to come first in the subject on the whole island). He was Dean of the Science Faculty of the West Indies, and such was his influence, a scholarship was created in his name.
This police officer stood with his hand on the bible, and swore in court that he’d seen me cause affray. A police officer was stabbed in a nightclub where I was performing and I was accused of inciting the clubbers against the police by shouting on the mic “get the boys in blue!” I spent 6 months in prison before my appeal acquitted me after 2 days.
Louisa Marks Caught You In A Lie
Dennis Bovell Barbados Island Of Love
MATUMBI After Tonight
Janet Kay Silly Games
Dennis Bovell . Roots Symphony
“I love the guitar simply because to play it, you have to tune it.” As a child, my uncle didn’t even allow me to touch his guitar unless I sang the open tuning. At first I was a sceptic towards electronic tuning devices (he laughed his head off when he first saw one), though I have to concede that for concert pitch, it’s by far the most reliable method.
“Its strings have a recognisable brilliance.” One of the most famous pianos and a favourite of mine.
Top-left: Aswad Middle-left: Dennis Bovell Bottom-left: St. Pulse Top-right: Tosh Middle-top-right: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Middle-bottom-right: The Slits Bottom-right: Bob Marley
The Reggae Boom Exhibition Curated by Dennis Bovell & Adrian Boot Adrian Boot is one of Britain’s most celebrated music photographers, capturing acts as diverse as Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols. Also his book ‘Reggae Explosion – the Story of Jamaican Music’ has been recieved to critical acclaim. Chief photographer and curator, Adrian has worked for NME, The Guardian, The Times, Melody Maker and The Face. Urban Image, his stock images agency, contains his personal archive and the incredible work of other photographers of the music scene, with a special focus on reggae. This exhibition was curated especially for the ditto doors by Adrian to accompany Dennis’ Campfire, showcasing his images, partners and collaborators from his photography agency, Urban Image. Below: Coxone Sounds
Required Evading kidnappers, tanks and rockets while on the phone to your wife. Former Global Editor of Reuters News, Michael Lawrence knows how to tell a story
Words: Michael Bonnet Design: Sofia Velez
It was as Michael Lawrence recalled being the subject of a kidnap plot, thwarting him from re-entering war-torn Iraq, that it dawned on me: this polite and down to earth man I’d spoken to on a number of occasions, had experienced significantly more than most. It happened again when he mentioned an impassioned debate he’d had with the Turkish Prime Minister about the definition of a terrorist. And again recounting a meeting with the US top brass in Iraq, uncovering a hugely significant change in American military operating procedures. It’s testament to Michael Lawrence the man that the former Global Editor at Reuters does not announce himself with fanfare. But as his Campfire talk proved, don’t let his modesty fool you. Tracing a narrative through his journalism career, from copy boy on a Sydney afternoon newspaper to global news editor meeting Popes and Presidents, Michael’s story focused less on his numerous personal achievements and more on the transformations that have taken place in the media. And as someone whose reporting career began on a typewriter and progressed to issuing social media guidelines for thousands of journalists worldwide, there can be few better placed to comment on this subject. A key theme throughout his talk was the importance of community journalism. Michael recounted that while working for 2GB radio in Australia, the station’s coverage of a local flood was heavily reliant on information provided by
listeners. This was an early example of what would contemporarily be called ‘crowdsourcing’; dispelling the myth that such practices are a 21st century phenomenon. He compared this to The Tuscaloosa News; an Alabama based local newspaper, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Covering the story of a deadly local tornado, staff at the paper used social media in combination with traditional reporting to provide real-time updates and help locate missing people. Michael’s point was clear: despite great flux in the industry, the principals and purpose of quality journalism haven’t changed, even if the tools and techniques have. The night was not without poignancy. Michael spoke of the numerous conflicts he helped cover whilst at Reuters. His memories of the Iraq War and its aftermath were particularly emotive, paying tribute to his colleagues for whom the assignment would prove to be
their last. For those in the audience like myself who’ve never been near a conflict zone, hearing the perils involved in reporting news from such an inhospitable location was both an eye opening, and harrowing experience. Throughout his story, Michael was always at pains to point out how fortunate he has been to work with such talented staff, one of whom, photojournalist Goran Tomasevic, was exhibited downstairs on the ditto doors. As Michael said, “Goran tells a better story with one click than I could do with 2,000 words”. The evening was rounded off with a lively Q&A, with many of the enraptured audience keen to hear Michael’s views on the future of journalism in the Internet age. It was just left for ditto to thank Michael, an engaging speaker, esteemed journalist and gentleman, for a privileged insight into the sharp-end of global news reporting.
Left-top: Michael talking at Campfire Left-middle: Michael meeting the Pope Left-bottom: Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson talking on LBC Radio Top: The Tuscaloosa News which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting Bottom: Footage of Reuters journalists coming under fire from the US military
“I really felt the energy and electricity, a place I thought only existed in celluloid.” Going to the Big Apple changed my life. I was a young man working at the City Morning Herald and I had yet to experience the world. I was sent on an assignment to cover British Oxygen’s acquisition of Airco and to interview the CEO. It was a whole three hours before I decided I wanted to make it my home.
“Don’t let them know they hurt me.” John Sattler was a rugby league player in the 60’s and 70’s for South Sydney. Two minutes into the 1970 final against Manly, he was punched twice by a giant of a man. It smashed his jaw in three places and he lost six teeth. Nevertheless, he played the entire match as captain and they won the game. Afterwards he went to hospital and his jaw was wired-up for 14 weeks.
“I learned more from him about how not to behave than anyone else in the world.” I followed the wrong path for a while and I’m sorry to anyone who encountered me during that period. I succumbed to his charm and humour, and allowed myself to do things in a senior position I shouldn’t have done.
Cold Chisel Cheap Wine
Frank Sinatra New York New York
Bill Conti Gonna Fly Now
Isley Brothers This Old Heart Of Mine
George Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue
“It may have been one of the best things to happen to me because prior to that I thought I was invincible.” Before I left Australia, I broke my back in a horrific parachuting accident and was millimetres from being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. As part of the recovery, I was put in a back brace from hip to neck, which I would call the most miserable 4 months of my life. I contemplated throwing it into the harbour, but I kept it to remind me how lucky I was.
“It’s cynical and witty, has dubious morality and ethics, and is a wonderful movie.” A prisoner is to hang for murder as politicians try to prevent a reprieve for their own political mileage, while an editor attempts to get the last interview. Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, this classic piece of 1940 celluloid is a satirisation of the tabloids where there are no rules.
Goran Tomasevic’s photographs invite us to reflect on a raw reality we usually choose not to see. This powerful show, which accompanied Michael Lawrence’s Campfire, gave all who attended the chance to appreciate a personal selection chosen by the award-winning photojournalist. In 2011 Goran won the coveted Reuters’ Photojournalist of the Year prize; the third time in his career he has received this prestigious accolade. Goran has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, including: Reuters’ Picture of the Year in 2008, China International Press Photo Award (CHIPP) for News in 2004, the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Portrait and Personality Award in 2005, and the 2009 SOPA Award of Excellence for News Photography.
Born in Belgrade, Goran’s talents came to the attention of the world in the nineties, as he documented the conflict that swept across former Yugoslavia. He was one of the few journalists to remain in the Kosovan capital of Pristina during the NATO bombing. After shooting the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in 2003, placements followed in Jerusalem and later Cairo. He is currently based in Nairobi where he works as Reuters’ East African Chief Photographer. Following conflicts for half of his life and facing danger every other day, Goran is accustomed to working in extremely difficult conditions, demonstrating the passion, talent and courage that make him one of the best photojournalists in the world. www.blogs.reuters.com/goran-tomasevic
With designs on creating “The biggest tech festival in the world” – the driving force behind Digital Shoreditch doesn’t think small Words: George Ryder Illustration: Toby Haynes
Digital Shoreditch / Kam Star
City meets Digital Shoreditch May’s Campfire was the preview of the massive Digital Shoreditch festival. The Lighthouse was turned into a mini trade fair, showcasing the latest products from some of the most innovative tech companies around. Loud conversation punctuated the air as the standing audience rubbed shoulders as they waited, the seats having been taken long before. With additional widescreen televisions having to be provided for the packed Lighthouse, the 29th Campfire was one of the most successful ever.
Digital Shoreditch looks sure to live up to Kam’s vision of becoming one the world’s most innovative and talked about tech festivals.
There was good reason for it to be, as not only was the event an evening of tech innovation in its own right, it was also the launch of Digital Shoreditch, which is primed to become Europe’s biggest tech festival, showcasing products and ideas from lean start-ups to established tech behemoths. Already doubling in length from last year to two weeks, it takes place in Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Brick Lane, combining the areas’ vibrancy and diversity, with unquestionable calibre. Speaking of calibre, it does not get any higher than that of host Michael Lawrence, the former Global Editor at Reuters. He introduced the first presenters of the night – British Telecom’s Jappy Takhar, Head of Product Innovation, and Apu Mitra, Head of Sales, to talk about iTrader. This was something of a second coming for Jappy and Apu, having been previous speakers at Campfire. They spoke of their own journey with ditto, undergoing a Dragon’s Den-like experience to pitch to the BT board about iTrader – their vision to couple and aggregate all communication channels, including trader video, chat and text. iTrader has gone on to be a phenomenal success, becoming BT’s largest margin product. Apu’s advice for budding start-ups was clear: “Have energy, be bold and be proud.” Next came Dorian Selz, co-founder of Squirro, a powerful social media and content aggregation tool that harvests information across the web and delivers it in context to any device. Dorian delivered the mind-boggling statistic that 90% of all information in mankind’s history has been created in the last 2 years – and we spend 66% of the time researching and re-finding information we already had. Dorian performed a live demo that showed the power of Squirro, using ditto as an example, showing the ditto blog, Twitter and Facebook feeds in a single view. The audience was highly impressed and no doubt this is one red squirrel we are going to see more of.
Top-left: Kam talking at Campfire Top-right: alex demonstration
There is a common maxim that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Often we hear talk of the ubiquity of the internet and the continuous technological advancements. But the reality is that millions are being left behind in this technological revolution. As co-founder Andy Hudson explained, alex is an easy to use operating system that aims to end the digital divide, empowering the elderly and disenfranchised. It is designed to be able to run on old PCs, meaning that once redundant hardware is given a second life. What the users of alex want to do is to stay connected with family and friends through email and/or Skype, and to share photos, music and video in a safe environment. They don’t want to download complex programs or get gobbledegook error messages, they just want to do the basics, and alex enables them to do exactly that.
This message was vividly brought home by alex co-founder, Harry Drnec, who asked the audience to raise their hand if they were de facto tech support for someone in their family. A sea of hands (including my own) were raised. As well as empowering those who have difficulties with computers, it may also relieve us from being 24 hour tech support professionals! Then it was time for Kaveh Memari, Founder & CEO of Renew, and CTO Alexandros to present the Renew Pods. Chances are you have already seen the digital recycling pods in and around the City of London. Sleek and debonair, the pair showed their vision of taking digital interaction to the global major cities, displaying their innovative use of the ‘outernet’, changing canned content into live data. Kaveh spoke of wanting to break the perception that Renew is just another advertising venue, releasing software developer kits for third parties in order to create as yet unthought of apps. The endless possibilities of Renew were highlighted with a video showcasing how a smartphone could connect to a pod with the user completing a crossword in real-time. Not something you can do on your everyday commute! Last, but certainly not least, Kam Star took to the stage, the founder and driving force behind Digital Shoreditch. Kam is obviously a very bright man – as evidenced by his swift realisation of his difficult position in-between the audience and their drinks! But joking aside, Kam transmitted his incredible energy and ambition for his brainchild. From May 21st to June 1st 2012, each day of the festival will have a different theme, consisting of: Inspire, Innovate, Career, Capital, Identity, Jam & Hack, Growth, Next, Brands, Summit, Open Houses and Play. Already garnering attention from the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Telegraph, Digital Shoreditch looks sure to live up to Kam’s vision of becoming one the world’s most innovative and talked about tech festivals. As ringmaster Michael Lawrence wrapped up proceedings with aplomb, the chairs were swiftly cleared for Martyn Ware, founding father of seminal electro outfit The Human League and 80’s legends Heaven 17, to provide the beats to get the next stage of the party started. The night was the perfect appetiser to the forthcoming festival. It was also an amazing insight into what it takes to innovate within technology; the energy, enthusiasm and charisma of those involved. ditto would like to thank NEC for the use of their television screens, and offer a poorly pronounced merci beaucoup to the students of Gobelins University who were magnifique in helping to run the night.
“It is an amazing thing you could only dream of when you were born.” The Internet started before the Internet with bullet board systems and JANET. It has had a remarkable transformation on humanity, a beacon of knowledge and vestibule of videos of cats doing the funniest things. It astounds me the amount of connections it has brought, how broad our world can be and how you can find just about anything.
“Standing on the shoulders of giants.” Not so much the inventor, but the collator. He unified the laws of motion and we wouldn’t be here today without him. And as an added bonus, we have a great story about apples too.
AKA Alexander the Terrible. In my eyes, he’s one of the biggest villains to have ever lived. He set back humanity hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Rage Against the Machine Killing In The Name
Aphex Twin Analogue Bubblebath
Infected Mushroom Killing Time
Madonna Like a Prayer
“It’s almost like a window into the limitless world.” The iPad as a bridging device where regardless of age, whether the user is a toddler or pensioner, they can work it out all the same. In fact, my daughter’s first words were: “Where’s the iPad.”
“My nearest and dearest.” A photograph of my nearest and dearest comes third in my list of essentials.
How does she do it? Voted one of the 30 under-30 leaders in IT by industry leaders, the Creative Director, lecturer and peace ambassador shows us how itâ€™s done. Oh, and she can do taxidermy too!
Words: George Ryder Illustration: Toby Haynes
Enthusiastic and tattooed with bright pink hair is not how one imagines your average existentialist. Neither do you expect proponents of Camus to be cheery optimists, but that’s what Laura Jordan-Bambach is. In what was the 30th Campfire, Laura spoke to a captivated audience about her beliefs, passions and motivations. For Laura, life is about taking the bull by the horns and doing it for yourself. That’s how she sees existentialism – a positive philosophy that gives complete control over your own person. It empowers people because responsibility lies on our own shoulders. Or in Laura’s words, “We’re fucked if we don’t do it for ourselves.”
This page: Top: Laura talking at Campfire Bottom: Dare magazine Right page: Top-left: Peace One Day logo Top-middle: EA Battlefield 3 Game Top-right: D&AD Pencil Awards Bottom-left: CANNT Crufts poster Bottom-right: CANNT Fessions poster
Laura transmits a great energy when she speaks, and to do what she does requires bucket loads of it. Not only is she Creative Director at Dare, but she’s also co-founder and Director of SheSays (an international volunteer organisation to encourage more women to take up digital creative careers), founder of CANNT (the London based alternative to Cannes) and ambassador of the D&AD initiative White Pencil.
This year’s White Pencil was a competition for students to provide images to help promote Peace One Day, a campaign to have a global ceasefire for one day. The incredible entries hung on the ditto doors, ranging from the harrowing photos of war-injured, bloodied fountains, to the unsettling sight of Hitler and Stalin sharing a joke. As Laura spoke of Peace One Day, it became clear that this is an initiative with growing momentum. Supported by such celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Jude Law, its goal is to make Peace One Day as famous as Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Laura showed how the message was being spread from Peace products such as Peace Soap (the nice kind of cleansing), concerts (at the exact same time as Laura talked, a Peace One Day concert was being held in Londonderry with acts such as Pixie Lott) and even through the medium of video games. As a self-confessed gaming nerd, a common misconception is that first person shooters do not aspire to peace. This is incorrect, they do. It’s just that peace is achieved by killing all of the enemy. But
I was taken aback by the originality and ingenuity of the collaboration with popular multi-player shooter Battlefield 3. Teasing gamers with in-game messages about an upcoming ceasefire, it will mimic the Christmas Day Truce of World War I, where for one day gamers will lay down their M-16s on a scarred battlefield for a game of EA FIFA football. A welcome change of pace from the usual aligning the crosshair of a grenade launcher with an opponent’s face. As Laura’s talk came to an end, I realised it was one of the most philosophical Campfire’s we’ve ever had. She’d spoken on how the tale of Sisyphus was one of optimism because he never killed himself, but kept on pushing the giant boulder up the hill, and the need for integrity in everything we do. Her final words where a poignant call to arms that Jean-Paul Sartre couldn’t have put better himself.
Do some fucking stuff
“Brash and playful, cyberfeminism was a proper movement with a manifesto.” I was first inspired by my father who gave me the sticker, “sometimes the best man for a job is a woman”. I was attracted by the Australian version of the movement which was far more fun than the European.
“I know this is totally lame but I have a totally awesome family.” I come from a family of high achievers. My sister works with Aboriginal culture helping to analyse the effects of government policy, and my brother owns a tech company that helps different government systems communicate with each other.
“It is a laziness to accept the status quo.” There is nothing I hate more than people riding in the passenger seat of life. That and the Australian politician Tony Abbott, who is an evil, evil, evil man. Life is about driving forward, trying to do the right thing, trying to be as accepting as possible. I hate people who don’t give a shit.
Z.N.S. Einsturzende Neubauten
Amanda Blank Something Bigger, Something Better
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult A Daisy Chain For Satan
The Pixies I’ve Been Tired
The Cramps Let’s Get Fucked Up
“Being a Goth in 40-degree heat in Sydney – that takes commitment.” And factor 30 sunscreen. What I love most is the way Goth’s embrace acceptance and openness.
“Because without it you’re nothing.”
White Pencil Exhibition D&AD exists to inform, educate and inspire those who work in and around the creative industries. The annual D&AD Awards are recognised throughout the world. Their Education Department is committed to supporting and nurturing creative professionals throughout their careers, be they in agencies or galleries, corporate cathedrals or working on a corner of the kitchen table. Their Student Programme provides a vital link into industry for emerging talent. And alongside all that, D&AD runs a year round programme of events and lectures across the UK and internationally. A new award from D&AD, the White Pencil aims to promote creative ideas that change the world for the better; ideas that demonstrate the ability to influence real and positive change in the world. The White Pencil was launched in 2011, and the ditto doors were privileged to host the best of the inaugural year’s student work in what was D&AD’s 50th year.
Above: ‘Mission Possible’ Peace One Day postcards
Each time the competition runs, D&AD will partner with an organisation or pressing global issue chosen by the members and set a brief, challenging the creative community to use their skills to solve global problems that touch everyone. In 2012 the White Pencil partner was Peace One Day. Over the last 10 years, Peace Day has been proven as an opportunity for life-saving activities and action by individuals worldwide. For Peace Day 21 September 2012, Peace One Day is calling for and working towards a day of ceasefire and non-violence – the Global Truce 2012 campaign. www.dandad.org/dandad/white-pencil www.peaceoneday.org
Top: 1/365 by Bianca Wendt with Jonathan Ellery
Bottom: 21z September Peace Day poster
Online Film & Animation Festival Guest Speakers Jeremy Boxer & Mikey Please
ditto & Norwich University of The Arts present
Sunrise 2012: An Online Film & Animation Festival featuring the work of NUA graduates The fourth year of dittoâ€™s Sunrise Film & Animation Festival saw the highest standard of entries weâ€™ve seen. The future of British film and animation is bright indeed.
Sunrise 2012: Industry Speakers
Jeremy Boxer Jeremy Boxer is Creative Director and Festival Director of the ‘Vimeo Festival + Awards’. He has vast experience working in the industry, having been involved in the digital filmmaking world for over 15 years. He became Head of Programming for the Final Festival in 2006, and between the end of RESFEST and his arrival at Vimeo in 2010, he was co-creator of the award winning ‘221B.sh’ for the launch of Warner Brothers’ Sherlock Holmes franchise and has worked with clients as diverse as Tribecca Film Festival, K-Swiss, Nike, PlayStation, Art Alliance, NYU and Royal College of Art. As a filmmaker his award winning film ‘The Last Supper’ travelled to over a dozen festivals including Sundance, and as a cinematographer he shot over 40 short films. He graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Top: Jeremy talking at Campfire Middle: Still from ‘The Last Supper’ Bottom: Vimeo Festival + Awards logo
ditto were honoured to have industry speakers of such an incredible pedigree – a BAFTA award winner and a Creative Director who launches Hollywood blockbusters. They shared their insights with a riveted audience.
Mikey Please Mikey’s talent was spotted early on in his career, gaining commissions from Virgin, Rough Trade, Ninja Tune and Universal Records, which funded his Masters at London’s Royal College of Art. There he made a short film called ‘The Eagleman Stag’, which premiered at the ‘2011 Sundance Film Festival’, won a BAFTA and awards from SXSW, Seattle, LA and Chicago International Film Festivals and the AFI. Mikey continued his commercial work with a short for Nike and directing part of the Grammy nominated album film ‘9 Types of Light’ for the Brooklyn based band, TV on the Radio. Mikey’s prominence has continued to grow. He was awarded a 3 month fellowship in Tokyo by the Japanese Center for Cultural Affairs in early 2012. And during this time, he developed the script for a new short film, Marilyn Myller. He is also working on a feature with Film Four and Warp Films.
Top: Mikey talking at Campfire Middle: Still from ‘The Eagleman Stag’ Bottom: Still from ‘9 Types of Light’
Words: George Ryder
July saw our fourth annual independent online film festival return to its roots at The Lighthouse. The aim of Sunrise is to promote and provide a platform to aspiring directors and animators. The official selection is made from undergraduates and postgraduates from Norwich University of the Arts – one of the most respected film and animation institutions in the country. The Lighthouse was filled with budding film talent, the atmosphere a mix of anticipation and excitement. With industry leaders and press present, the students had their own sense of Oscar drama. ditto is all about collaboration. Without the help of our friends and partners, Sunrise wouldn’t be the success it is. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the NUA course leaders: Suzie Hanna – Chair of Animation Education, Sarah Hamilton – Director of Marketing, Keith Bartlett – Assistant
Principal (Quality and Research) and Dean of Media, Liam Wells – Course Leader: BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production, and Jodie Wick – Course Leader: Animation. Further thanks goes to: Norwich Evening News 24, BBC EAST, East End Film Festival, Empire magazine, Little White Lies, Beakus and Air Post. And a massive thank you to all the NUA students for the time and effort it took to produce those inspiring creations. Sunrise wouldn’t be possible without you! To view all the Sunrise entries check out www.ditto.tv/sunrise
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David Stafford ‘Lost & Found’ “I’ve always favoured strong visuals in my films in order to try and sell the feelings and emotions that are taking place on screen. ‘Lost and Found’ is about Rosie, an orphaned daydreamer who stumbles across a wallet. Believing in fate and wanting to do the right thing, she follows the clues in the wallet in hope that they will lead her to the owner.
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I was fortunate to have an incredible team with me as well as a huge wealth of knowledge, expertise and
resources from NUA at my disposal, without which my dream would have never have become a reality. The support and confidence of winning the ditto Sunrise festival has really helped to drive me forward and to try to achieve the best in my work.” David is looking forward to a busy 2013 with multiple projects in various stages of production. davidstafford.tumblr.com
Alex Searle ‘What Is Animation’ “I’ve has always had a great passion for drawing. ‘What is Animation?’ is a character-driven animation featuring cameo performances from a series of vox pops’ interpretations. It is packed with many different styles to show off just a few of the wonderful techniques that make up the world of animation.”
Alex has now gone on to find work at several animation studios and even had the pleasure of getting to work alongside Andy Gent, director of ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’.
The Entrants 2012
Adrian, The Agoraphobic Adrenaline Junky by A. Jackson
Anubis by Christine Campbell
Cat Craze by Stephanie Brandl
Cyberspace by Ben Harding
I Promise, For You by Kirsten McInroy
I Used To Love You by Anna Raymond
Plans In My Head by Barney Nott
Second Chance by Sophie Graves
The Old Bag by Jack Masterson
The Smell Of The Smoke Hit Me First by Will Nobes
Extraordinary. From flying origami swans to the adventures of a Parisian frog escaping the clutches of a hungry chef, 2012â€™s Sunrise pushed the boundaries of imagination.
Around The Block by Liam Clark
Bon Voyage by Alex Casells
Hammers by Jack Spelman
Hank by Marcus Whinney
Life Through The Lens by James Daniels
Lost & Found by David Stafford
Something To Remember Me By by Jessica Waterhouse
The Color Room by Simrat Bhachn
The Very Small by Laura Flood
What Is Animation by Alex Searle
Little White Lies Exhibition
Little White Lies is a bi-monthly, independent movie magazine that features cutting edge writing, illustration and photography to get under the skin of cinema. Because movies donâ€™t exist in a vacuum, Little White Lies ventures beyond the boundaries of the big screen, exploring the worlds of music, art, politics and pop culture to inform and illuminate the medium they love. Bold, beautiful and unique, LWLies is a magazine on a mission â€“ to reshape the debate across the movie landscape.
Paul Willoughby Paul Willoughby is a graphic artist, the Creative Director of film magazine Little White Lies and a co-founder of creative agency The Church of London. The exhibition showcased the work of Paul Willoughby, John Romita Jr, David Carson, Joe Wilson, Michael Gillette and Geoff McFeteridge curated by ditto. www.littlewhitelies.co.uk
Cover Illustrations 1: ‘Attack The Block’ by Joe Wilson – Mar/Apr 2011 2: ‘Let The Right One In’ by Paul Willoughby– Mar/Apr 2009 3: ‘Ché’ by Paul Willoughby– Jan/Feb 2009 4: ‘Black Swan’ by David Carson & Paul Willoughby – Jan/Feb 2011 5: ‘Tron Legacy’ by Paul Willoughby – Nov/Dec 2010 6: ‘Drive’ by Michael Gillette – Sept/Oct 2011 7: ‘Romance and Cigarettes’ by Paul Willoughby – Issue 5 8: ‘Volver’ by Paul Willoughby – Aug/Sept 2006 9: ‘Shame’ by Paul Willoughby – Jan/Feb 2012 10: ‘Kick-Ass’ by John Romita Jr. – Mar/Apr 2010
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Summer Cookout & Sunset Award Ceremony 2012 Sun, BBQ and great music. With over 50,000 votes, ditto’s independent online music festival is going from strength to strength
ditto’s monthly Campfires are always unique affairs, each event in the series a once-off opportunity to share insight with some of London’s most interesting people. However, once a year we mix things up even more, fire up the barbeque and throw caution to the wind: on the third Thursday of August this year, ditto’s annual Summer Cookout arrived.
Left: Fire dancers Top: Stilt performers Bottom: ‘Two many T’s’
The Cookout gives ditto and friends an opportunity to get to know each other in a more informal setting than the regular Campfires, and this year was no exception. Dr. Clive’s Circus troupe amazed the 200 plus crowd with stilts and contortionist performances, adding more colour and vibrancy with animal-print body paints. The sumptuous smells of sizzling sausages and burgers on the barbeque contributed to the laid back atmosphere; the ready flow of Pimms and Mojitos didn’t hurt here either. An incredible exhibition featuring some of Ben Hopper’s finest photography set the scene, delivering a breath-taking backdrop of more circus performers, captured in the middle of some truly astounding acrobatics.
Around 8.30pm, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies called order. We had convened to celebrate the phenomenal success of this year’s Sunset digital music festival – ditto shining a light on young London’s musical talent. Attracting over 190,000 online votes, the winners of the public vote and the critics’ choice were truly representative of London’s musical future. With an internship at Fossil Studios, subscriptions to Computer Music magazine and goodie bags from Ninja Tunes up for grabs, competition was fierce amongst the applicants, which in turn resulted in some truly astounding music being presented. Mark Anthony Quiapos won the Public vote, clocking in an astonishing 50,358 votes, while Sygnet was the well deserved winner of the Critic’s Choice award, with her song ‘Did You See?’ With the prizes handed out we could get on with the business of having a rip-roaringly good time. Dr. Clive’s Circus finished their portion of the evening with an amazing fireshow, and Hip-Hop/Beatbox duo ‘Two Many T’s’ entertained with their raucous, witty musicality. A fantastic night was had by all, and the night truly reflected ditto’s ethos: Good people doing good things
Sunset 2012 is ditto’s second annual independent online music festival - shining a light on London’s new music talent The sister festival of Sunrise has gone supernova. With a massive 193,074 votes we generated almost four times 2011’s total. And this year saw even more entries from some of London’s most esteemed music academies: London Academy of Music Production, Garnish School of Sound, Subbass, SAE Institute London, Islington Music Workshop, SSR London, Music Everything, Roundhouse, Point Blank, London Music School, Alchemea, London School of Sound and Platform Sunset 2012 provided a truly diverse selection of sound from some of London’s most exciting new acts. From thumping electronica to heartfelt folk, the selected 12 entries wowed us here at ditto. We are always proud to facilitate fresh new music and we would like to thank our partners Fossil Studios for providing a one week internship for the winners, Computer Music magazine for offering magazine subscriptions and Ninja Tune for the goodie bags. Sunset – real music from real people
Words: George Ryder
Distant Memories by Bastien Gascoin
Cant U Get Out Of My Head by Jack Haigh
My Way Out
by Carlos Miret
by Mark Anthony Quiapos
Vodka and Redbull
by Dragg Aka Sean S
by Mr J
Put Me On
by Eugene Mihailov
by Patrick Channon
The Ensembly Line, Synchronize
Did You See by Sygnet
Ben Hopper Exhibition Ben Hopper is a London-based photographer known for his portraits of dancers, circus artists, musicians, and risqué nudes. His current project, ‘Naked Girls with Masks’, was previewed at ACT ART 8 in July 2010 where it was widely praised. Ben took up photography full-time late in 2007, having become disillusioned with his restrictive career. Ben’s early photographs were snapped up by publications all over Europe, and highly respected Australian magazine Kurv published Ben’s photos in an exclusive issue. His work began to feature in global publications as diverse as European circus magazines ‘Zirkolika’ and ‘Kaskade’ and fashion/culture magazines such as ‘Supersweet’, ‘Anglomania’ and ‘Bizarre’. Ben is currently in-house photographer for ‘Bête-Noire’ and ‘White Mischief’ and has forged close relationships with many of London’s alternative performers. The characters he has met have become close friends – many of them appearing as subjects in his imagery. Ben was recently commissioned by the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC) to photograph at Circa Festival (Auch, France). He also started working with The Roundhouse in 2012, and his many other clients include fashion designers, musicians, design and architecture firms and nightclubs. Ben has begun creating a new body of work. Edgier and bolder, he is questioning mainstream culture, identity, and sexuality. The ditto doors exhibition showcased the talent of Ben Hopper and was curated by ditto. www.therealbenhopper.com
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design es m i T e h t of From saving lives to helping the elderly, the Chief Design Officer at the Design Council has big ambitions for UK design. Words: George Ryder Illustration: Ecole de lâ€™image, Gobelins
Mr Bowles. He was my senior school CDT teacher. As I presented him with my blue perspex clown clock, we both knew he wouldn’t be seeing me next term. Unlike Mat Hunter, I’ve never been good with my hands you see. He can remember every single CDT teacher he’s ever had, still uses the desk he crafted when he was 14 and was part of a school team that set about building a hovercraft. Sadly, it never got finished, but the photograph of its skeletal pine frame was impressive nonetheless. One thing we did have in common at school was that we both did whatever we could to avoid playing rugby. For Mat, it was so he could spend more time in the workshop. My motivations were a little less noble. Never the biggest in my year group, I developed a severe aversion to being steamrollered by the fat kid who’d finally found a sport he could be good at.
It’s edifying to know that in this digital age, Mat still uses the same skills and tools that he learnt in school. In a Campfire where every seat was filled with friends, newcomers and budding designers, Mat projected a real intelligence and passion about design – how it affected his own life, from birth to the present, and to the future of his predicted longevity of 80 years. Looking at what he’s achieved, it’s no surprise that he’s risen to Chief Design Officer at the Design Council. Mat spoke about the pioneers of design, the decline of UK manufacturing and the pitfalls of graduating in a recession. He showed of us a video of himself in 1995, showcasing the new user-friendly way of making calls on a mobile phone. On the two-toned black and orange screen, 1995 Mat scrolled through an address book of names. Revolutionary at the time, it is something so seemingly obvious that we take it completely for granted. It’s incredible to see how things have progressed, and not just Mat’s hairstyle.
Design wasn’t about making humans better interact with technology, it was making humans better interact with each other – through technology.
But joking aside, the work the Design Council is currently undertaking is astonishing. Normally, I associate better design with outcomes such as a more ergonomic kettle; but Mat is using design not just to change lives, but to help to bring joy to those lives, and in some cases even save them. The Design Council Challenges are curbing violence in hospital wards, preventing the spread of superbugs and helping to improve the quality of life of those who live with dementia. All of which were detailed and showcased on the ditto doors. A glorious example of ‘The Design Council Challenges’ is the ode fragrance device, which helps those afflicted with dementia to remember to eat. It emits the scent of food at prescribed intervals to stimulate the user’s appetite. It’s been so successful that users are not only eating well, but returning for second helpings and gaining their weight back. Apparently the Bakewell Tart scent is particularly effective. The audience was obviously inspired by Mat’s passion because it was the longest Campfire Q&A session I’ve ever seen. Questions ranged from better products for the mainstream to whether Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, is good for the future of UK design. For me the most salient comment that Mat made was that “design wasn’t about making humans better interact with technology, it was making humans better interact with each other – through technology”. It was fascinating to see Mat’s journey and how the importance of design continues to grow. Mat cited George Bush Senior’s goal for design back in the day was that every American be able to program their VCR. It’s a reassuring feeling to know that Mat has set the bar just a little higher for the UK.
Left page: Top: Mat talking at Campfire Bottom: Dementia Dog Right page: Top-left: League of Meals Top-right: Ode fragrance device Bottom-left: Buddi Band
“The drums are the most primal things.” The drums are wired deeply into me. Unlike the guitar, I don’t even have to think about playing them. I have a geek drummer knowledge where I can name the drummer on pretty much any given track. My favourite is Stewart Copeland from the Police because of his rich style and inventiveness. As for the pearl drumkit, it’s something I bought on ebay which always rocks the party at weddings.
“RIP, always a hero.” Bill was my mentor. Inventor of the laptop, he was co-founder the IDO and went on to become Head of the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. He tragically died of lung cancer this year and was the visionary who brought social scientists into design to better understand what people want.
If you ever literally always stick to what you did last time and don’t in any way ask the question ‘how we can do this better?’ – then you die.
Pete Moore Asteroid
Run – DMC Perfection
Van Morrison In The Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Nat King Cole O Tannenbaum
Plan B Ill Manors
“My wife reminds me of my poor judgement, buying an old European manual car in San Francisco.” I originally bought it for $2,000 from a friend 6 months after I arrived in San Francisco. The gearbox was knackered and you couldn’t leave it in reverse gear, making parallel parking on a slope somewhat tricky. But even so, my wife and I have great memories of the car, driving it up and down the coast. To this day, I’m amazed it didn’t blow up.
“It’s mesmerising, comforting and warming.” It was my wife Harriet who brought sunsets and roaring log fires to our relationship. Paradoxically, my love for a fire stems from it not being designed. Some things just are, things that you can’t edit.
The Design Council Challenges Exhibition
Design Bugs Out The Department of Health, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and the Design Council challenged the UKâ€™s design and manufacturing community to design and prototype new hospital furniture and equipment that will help to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs).
Living Well with Dementia The Design Council in partnership with the Department of Health has funded and supported the development of five innovative new design solutions to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.
Independence Matters Independence Matters is a joint collaboration between the Technology Strategy Board and Design Council to support the development of great consumer services for later life.
Reducing Violence and Aggression in A&E According to the National Audit Office, violence and aggression towards frontline hospital staff is estimated to cost the NHS at least ÂŁ69 million a year in staff absence, loss of productivity and additional security.
New Digital Realties
Words: George Ryder Photography: The Darkroom
Lights! Cameras! Action! PrickImage, Joel Gethin Lewis and The Darkroom project the most illuminating Campfire ever
Crumbling buildings, sex-charged rock stars and a projector man that looked like a Ghostbuster. It wasn’t your normal Campfire. With The Lighthouse filled to the proverbial rafters and a pinkhaired dancer straight off the set of Blade Runner, PrickImage, Joel Gethin Lewis and The Darkroom regaled the audience with high tales of success and failure, complete with a visual extravaganza. First up were PRICKIMAGE, the duo of Shaun PrickImage and Enda Guinan who specialise in projecting digital imagery into 3D spaces. They came with quite a pedigree, having already worked with BBC Radio 1 and The Chemical Brothers. And it was they who brought along the Ghostbuster – a man with a mounted projector with a Kinect attached (minus the beige jumpsuit). This contraption is their Walkabout Projection technology, enabling dazzling manipulations of light and patterns on foot. Sadly no pink streams of electric plasma emanated from his black backpack. Which is a shame because it would have been in keeping with the entire night. But with all the lights going off it’s best that we don’t let the streams cross. Safety first. PrickImage then spoke of how playfulness is central to their philosophy, and having already amazed audiences
in stadiums, clubs, and across fashion and film, their next challenge is to take their visual sorcery to the dinner table (surely the best episode of ‘Come Dine With Me’ ever). “Syphilis! Didn’t expect that did you”. Neither did I when Joel Gethin Lewis (one half of Hellicar and Lewis) yelled it out when he took to the stage. I’m pretty sure he was just testing the mic, but I can assure you that yelling out a random STI is a definite attention grabber. Joel is a unique speaker, demonstrating searing honesty and acerbic wit, founded on strongly felt principles of truth and open collaboration. He talked of his work with Coca Cola and Maroon 5, and while the rest of the band was fine, having a lead singer that had a pathological compulsion to inseminate any sentient being was not always conducive to
the cause (Joel did not confirm whether he did in fact have “moves like Jagger”). He spoke of failing faster; when at a Massive Attack concert the computer had a, er… massive attack, with both hard drives failing, leaving him to control the lights with only the space bar. However, his work goes beyond entertaining, to helping children with dyspraxia that supposedly have no capacity for creative output. Joel quickly proved that perception wrong. His project Somantics had children creating beautiful kaleidoscopic bird-like forms through multi-tap technology, and even spontaneously collaborating to create a ‘face’ that registered and displayed specific emotions. Next was The Darkroom, displaying levels of optical illusions that Weta would be proud of. The New Zealand outfit are masters of projection mapping onto large buildings – whether its cars flying out of a country house or a “psychedelic action adventure dome film” with a prominent Japanese artist. When Bruce Ferguson was asked what inspired him to get into projection mapping, it was when he saw what others were doing and thought, “that’s shit”. And most things are when compared to the Darkroom’s ‘The Three Stars of Christmas’ display on the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid. It crumbled away to reveal a toy factory complete with dancing gingerbread men before an eruption of fireworks topped off the incredible spectacle. To conclude the talk, Bruce and DJ D-Man combined for an incredible eruption of light and sound in what was a sneak preview of their audio-visual collaboration. However, the sensory feast was not over. The ditto doors were showcasing the amazing imagery of Forms (a collaboration between Memo Akten and Davide Quayola). Using advanced computer software, they capture the unseen relationships of athletes in motion, visualising a beautiful flow of shapes created by summersaulting gymnasts, divers and pole-vaulters. It perhaps best summed up a Campfire, where it was the pictures, not words, that stole the show.
Left page: Top: The Darkroom, Feliz Navidad, Madrid Right page: Top: Hellicar & Lewis Middle-top: PrickImage Wrigleys Middle-bottom: Hellicar & Lewis, Coke 24hr music Bottom: The Darkroom
Forms Exhibition Inspired by the works of Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton, Forms is a series of studies on human motion that visualises unseen relationships by artists Memo Akten and Davide Quayola. The source for the study is footage from the Commonwealth Games and the process of transformation from live footage to abstract forms is exposed as part of a interactive multi-screen artwork. The video installation has been exhibited at the National Media Museums â€™In The Blink of an Eyeâ€™ Exhibition, and sat alongside classic images by photographers as diverse as Roger Fenton, Richard Billingham and Oscar Rejlander. www.memo.tv/forms www.quayola.com/selectedartworks/forms
The DJ and record label founder cuts his way through the mainstream Words: George Ryder Illustration: Toby Haynes
Rats on cocaine, game theory and religious experiences with Krishna. Not the usual speaker agenda. But it all could have been so different for Matt. He could have been a government scientist at GCHQ. But luckily that was not meant to be, and for that we have to thank, in part, LSD. Dr Who has had a profound impact on Matt Black. You can tell because he looks and moves like a Time Lord. His alternative ensemble of Asian type jacket thingy (sorry, but I never wrote for Vogue) and auburn bouffant hair gives an impression of an unconventional man with an air of intelligence and distinction. It was actually the Dr Who intro sequence that first inspired him as a child and fate would have it that he would remix the modern day version. Matt spoke of the art that had influenced him, from German electro pioneers Kraftwerk to the science fiction novels of Philip K. Dick such as ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ to Walt Disney’s masterpiece of animation and music ‘Fantasia’. Ultimately, Matt sees art as a way to “catalyse evolution”. Matt is clearly a super smart guy. He’s written game theory simulation, and talked about Richard Dawkins’ the ‘Selfish Gene’ and the “complex shit” that accompanied it. The clever clogs even studied at Oxford University too. There he met life-long friends and smoked a lot of weed. It was at this point he fell in love with American hip-hop and dedicated himself to the art of scratching. Jacking in his job as a computer programmer, Matt moved to Spain. It was from the reaction of the people in the clubs
that he knew he was on to something good. Returning the talk to English shores, he spoke of the rise of Coldcut, from the astute business decisions of marking up the price of ‘Paid in Full’ to £15 (the usual price for a record was £4), gracing the front cover of NME and producing the smash hit and global chart topping ‘The Only Way is Up’. But it was on the way back of a tour of Japan with Norman Cook that Ninja Tune was created. And he singled out manager Peter Quickie as a major contributor to its success. Before entering the music industry Peter specialised in selling organic cheeses. Clearly Wensleydale and breakbeat have more in common than meets the eye. He highlighted the major experiences in his life: the birth of his son, getting married, reconciling with his father and a moment of spirituality with Krishna. Matt didn’t say anything; he just looked into the distance and sighed… Matt’s talk was complemented by a world first, the ditto doors playing host to the premier showing of his art; a selection from his first book ‘Light Motives’. Intrigued by the connections between sound and vision since the start of his career, his computerised work conveyed multiple techniques and displayed a journey, not just of the artist but of technology as well. As Matt’s Campfire drew to a close, the audience had been treated to the story of a man whose competitive fire still burns and is as steadfast as ever to protect the integrity of his music. I’ll sign off with the words that Matt himself so eloquently espoused.
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“I absorbed this book and it was the start of my passion for science.” When I was a child I fell ill with the flu. Tucked up in bed, my father gave me a maroon coloured chemistry textbook filled with pictures of Bunsen burners and flasks. I believe that many formative experiences are built around illness, and the fever burnt the book into me.
“He completely rewired me and was an essential nutrition that formed me.” It was a real blow when I heard that he’d passed. I met him once during the photo-shoot for the cover of ‘Blues and Soul’ magazine. I was struck by his star quality, but whether it was because of his charisma or because I loved his music so much, I’m not sure.
“For trying to squeeze the funk out of an 8 year old.” She’s undoubtedly long dead and I shouldn’t vilify her, but I will anyway. When I was ordered to the front of class to play my homemade maraca, I rattled a syncopated beat. “No!” she shouted, “Just do a straight beat!” She stands for all the teachers who don’t inspire, but instead try to make children conform.
Temperance 7 ChiliBomBom
Elton John Rocket Man
Grandmaster Flash Wheels Of Steel
Timothy Leary You Can Be Anyone You Want This Time
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
“It was when Grandmaster Flash’s ‘Adventures on the Wheels of Steel’ came out, using scratching to make a collage – that really blew our minds.” While studying biochemistry at Oxford University, my sister gave me a joint and it opened my eyes. Purchasing a record box from Boots, me and my posse proceeded to throw parties where hip-hop and funk where on the musical menu.
“The symbol of unification of opposites.” When I was asked to encapsulate the dynamic between mania and depression, and creativity and editing, the image of the ancient Egyptian bug came to mind. For me, life is about the unification of opposites, and without their opposites, things are essentially meaningless.
Light Motives Exhibition Matt has gained increasing renown and respect for his innovations in multimedia, audio and audiovisual software such as DJamm, VJamm, Coldcutter, Playtime, Liveloom and the Granul8 granular video synthesiser. Along with pioneering digital scratching, he developed custom performance and composition hardware such as the AV xFade mixer. He has given talks on the history and future of audiovisual Art and related topics, whilst also continuing to gig, DJ, VJ, record, develop software and bridge the worlds of club culture and Art. In 2011-12 he designed and masterminded the iOS app Ninja Jamm, Ninja unes first music app, and has other apps in development. Matt has been fascinated by creating images with sound and light, and exploring how the two can be related since childhood. ditto was proud to present this collection of images featured in Matt’s first book, ‘Light Motives’, covers 1988-2012. From early 3D renders via video feedback to real-time granular image synthesis, it illustrates aspects of the digital revolution, and the ways in which music production, sampling and DJing have influenced the visual creative process. His stated ambition is to “create art, music and spiritual technology to blow the minds of the entire planet and catalyse the advancement of cooperative stategies”. www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2876852
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GLITCH BITCH The debut single from S.W.O.R.D.S WORDS: Tone Davies
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MICHAEL WILSON DIRECTOR TONE DAVIES PRODUCERS ANDREW CHETTY/POPPY SEEKINS EDITOR TONE DAVIES ART DIRECTOR PHILLIP LONG FEATURING ANDREW FITCH DAN MARSH SOFIA DISGRACE ANDY ROBINSON RICHARD COER DE LION II DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN LOVELL SOUND SIMON MORRIS ORIGINAL MUSIC S.W.O.R.D.S Filmed on location in London ©2012 ditto film http://sharetheexperience.tv/ditto Soundtrack available on ditto tracks
How do an unknown and unsigned band get noticed? ditto applied their own methodology to this age-old problem. 1. Sign S.W.O.R.D.S to ditto Tracks 2. Shoot an ‘argumentative’ video 3. Get nominated for ‘Best Music Video’ 4. Get interviewed and play live on the radio 5. Play a warm-up gig in London 6. Rehearse 7. Do more interviews 8. Play single launch gig and release single 9. Party 10. Film EVERYTHING and let the world know (Steps 4-10 lasted for four days in July 2012)
The video for ‘Glitch Bitch’ was shot on location over two days in London. One day in Islington and one day in a disused warehouse in Limehouse (we later found out that we missed Alex Clare filming ‘Too Close’ at the same location by a few days). To stay true to our creative brief, we enlisted actors Andy Fitch and Dan March, along with burlesque queen, Sophia Disgrace, to play our key roles as well as hitting up Andy Robinson (DJ for ditto’s radio show ‘Mum’s Old Vinyl’) for the evil henchman role. After shooting the video (and being nominated for ‘Best Music Video’ at the Independent Television Festival in Los Angeles), the Dublin based band played their first ever London shows to promote the release of ‘Glitch Bitch’ on our very own label, ditto Tracks. With hard work and hard partying on the menu, London was set to take on a brand new light. They arrived in London on a Tuesday morning to find a new Twitter account and Facebook page, heading straight for Reprezent FM’s studio in south London for a live performance and interview. The band played a well-received 6-song set before giving their first UK live on air interview. Twitter numbers swelled.
The band were followed by ditto film intern Kyle, who was tasked with filming everything. Footage from the live set was posted online, helping to advertise the warm-up gig and single launch party. Next it was into the rehearsal studio, followed by a few well-placed interview sessions with ditto’s editorial intern Helen in Camden Town. They hit The Bull & Gate in Kentish Town for their London debut with an after show party at the nearby Shebeen. The footage from the gig was edited and uploaded to their social media outlets – enticing newfound fans of the band to get involved. S.W.O.R.D.S then recorded a podcast at The Lighthouse between rehearsals and photo-shoots in the run up to the single launch gig. Launch day came on the evening of ditto’s 31st Campfire. The band headed to the legendary Hope & Anchor to hit the stage once occupied by the likes of Joy Division, The Damned, U2, Ian Dury and The Stranglers. S.W.O.R.D.S played a 14 song set to a sell-out crowd. The band impressed, as they secured the services of SBTRKT’s sound engineer for the evening. The gig roared with energy and encored with ‘Glitch Bitch’. As soon as they were off-stage they gave another interview to Reprezent FM’s ‘La’ to tie up their week of PR before they dived into the after show party. The results speak for themselves: • 2,500 online views of S.W.O.R.D.S material as a result of the video/ single launch • 423 twitter followers • 675 Facebook likes
All images are stills taken from the video for ‘Glitch Bitch’
ditto becomes a part of history 2012 saw ditto’s cultural work reach the highest accolade, becoming part of the V&A archive. For the museum’s British Design 1948-2012 show, which celebrated the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ to the present day, they chose the legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda to represent design for the entire decade of the 80’s. Voted the most famous club in the world by Newsweek, The Haçienda was one of the landmarks of the acid house era and helped symbolised what would be known as the ‘Madchester’ years of the 80’s and early 90’s. It’s inclusion in the exhibition was to reflect the impact of street and counterculture on British design. As part of the exhibition and coinciding with The Haçienda’s 30th anniversary, ditto had the honour of creating the video for the track ‘All Along the Dotted Line’ a collaboration by The Photo Kid (aka Ben Kelly, architect and designer of the Haçienda and founder of one of the UK’s most respected interior design practices in BKD ), and Godley & Crème. ‘All Along the Dotted Line’ marks Ben’s first foray into moving images. Recorded 30 years earlier and not previously released, the track reflects some of the political tensions of the time such as the miners’ strike, and the title signifies the signing away of your life. The video showcases his trademark style of stripes and perforations, and depicts some of the key moments of his life, ranging from his obsession with country gates to raving clubbers (not to mention the sporadic appearance of a fire extinguisher which was also one of the musical instruments used to create the track). To watch ‘All Along the Dotted Line’ visit: http://www.ditto.tv/dottedline
Left Page: Stills taken from ‘All along the dotted line’ This Page: Top: Ben’s Haçienda member’s card adapted for ditto’s website Middle: The V&A Haçienda exhibition Bottom: Kevin Godley and Lol Creme
Words: George Ryder Animation: Ben Blease
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