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Project updates ..

There has been a bit of confusion regarding the location of our installation; another group of unit x also planned to take the window of Fred Aldous (facing Lever Street) and the window we planned on getting (one behind the photobooth) is not unavailable anymore. We had a disscusion with the owner, Mark; apparently another window that faces Lever Steet is still available for 2d work. The only thing is that it might be a bit repetitive because their work is quite similar to ours. Otherwise we could benefit from it as our work requires our viewers to stand back to see the hidden message; in theory the viewers would be looking from across the street which will then keep the viewers away from the other group’s work.

In the afternoon, we carried on with our installation and have finally threaded all the rows. We are meeting tomorrow again to put the rows together so it becomes the patchwork.


Phase 3 - Production is resumed

Today we are back on track with the production and it was a productive day at the workshop

2 good news have brighten up our day; the prints are finally ready to be picked up at the architecture block! Our fabric (with 3d illusion) print was also ready; it only needs ironing before we display it!

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Our first job was to number and cut out squares again to replace the faulty ones we made earlier. Since this is the 2nd time we are doing this, the production ran smoothly. We were unsure about the use of uhu as we didn’t want to mess the photos up again; in the end, we all agreed on the use of spray mount.

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In the afternoon, we split into 2 groups to drill holes onto our squres. Katie, Marta and I have finished drilling all the squares in the afternoon; whilst Rachel and Sammie were trying out connect the squares with wire. We agreed on the use of copper as it is the most malleable metal available at the workshop.


Getting pictures of ‘hipsters’ of the the NQ

Our initial idea was to take pictures of people of the Northern Quarter and to create a mosaic from them. Today, Katie and I were in town to get some pictures done for our work. 

We found it a bit awkward as we had to go up to strangers and ask for their permission to have their photos taken. Our first location was the Afflecks Palace as this is quite a reputable place of where the ‘uniquly dressed’ people would shop. This is the first guy we found and he seemed to be quite flattered to have the photo taken; the only problem was that he sounded foreign (possibly Canadian), which we then think to ourselves if he was the right target as we aimed to get photos of (preferably) locals in the Northern Quarter

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We realised that it will be more efficient and possibly a greater variety of people to get photos of passers by; therefore we sat outside a cafe and got our job done for the day. Here are some of the photos we got.. 

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Wheeling down to 20/22 NQ!

On tuesday, we moved to 20/22NQ. It was a fun experience although it was such a dramatic scene as the whole of radical utility (Unit X) consists of 22 groups. We definately caught the attention of public but somehow we got mistaken to be invovled in a protest? Apart from that, we have definately gained a lot of ‘followers’, as many people are interested in what we would produce to present Manchester.