blink used as case study!

February 8, 2010

‘mad hatters tea party’

blink in collaboration with E4C  used as case study by The National Lottery




“… by today’s standards a one off.” Kerri Niner, audience member.

John Taylor, BIG’s Head of Region for the West Midlands, added: “There are so many creative, thoughtful people out there doing so much for communities with little to fund their efforts. That’s where we are proud to step in and help get projects off to a good start.”

In August 2009, blink creative enterprise created and facilitated a pilot project called `The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in collaboration with Education 4 conservation (E4C), the event’s recipient of Big Lottery funding.  However, as we are a new social enterprise and this was originally a blink initiative –  with the support of E4C  – we are seeking funding in our own right.

 The picnics are designed to encourage richness in community spirit, drawing a diverse, intergenerational audience together through a shared event.  We fuse old skills with new technologies to create immersive environments that take audiences on a journey of discovery.  The picnic is over one day and based on a story where performers set the scene for a magical collective experience. These events are fully participatory and combine performance, large scale interactive games, food, song and both traditional and contemporary art activities.


Reconsidering abandoned technology, ‘Watch’, questions the speed of technological change, recent technologies and how it dictates the way we live our lives on a day-to-day basis. The use of media that is in the transition of becoming lost conjures questions surrounding our current global media, surveillance, the digital revolution, and how these areas restrain, contain and suppress us.

Arranged with a camcorder constantly recording, and a video player constantly playing, means that the visuals seen on the screen will only be displayed once before being erased.

Being a physical medium the videotapes wear out through use making it degrade, decay and become worn away. This work explores this process through re-recording what is displayed on the screen, displaying it once before recording over the tapes.

This test was set up on Thursday 21st January utilising the shop window of blink Gallery Coventry. The window helps to emphasise the passage of time and the sound created was developed over the duration of the test through the re-recording process.

The video installation contained within the interior shop window at blink, explores the traditional depiction of a Christmas card winter scene. Landscape and snow fall.

The image is one of anticipation and longing, that which has gone by and the promise of what might be. The moment where we mark our time, look out of the window on our lives in annual pilgrimage.

The gaze on landscapes almost stripped bare – there is comfort and awe in the fall of snow…