The Intern Diaries- Adrianne’s Blog Week 3

There’s been a real buzz of anticipation this week, not just at Project Ability but in the whole of our hub at Trongate 103. This Friday sees the launch of Glasgow International , a celebration of the multitude of visual arts talent going on in the city.

Here at Project Ability we’ve got the launch of Henrik Pätzke’s Cloud exhibition, which opens with a special launch on Friday. There’s also going to be a talk from the artist himself on Saturday 5th. Henrik is visiting us from Inuti 2, a Stockholm-based foundation which supports artists with high functioning autism to fulfil their creative potential.

Henrik’s visit coincided with World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday 2nd April. This is an international event to raise awareness and increase knowledge of autism to encourage early diagnosis and “celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe”. In light of this, and with April being Autism Awareness Month, I was tasked with creating a short preview video ahead of the exhibition opening.

I managed to get a lot of footage of Henrik working on his pieces in our workshop, talking about his creative inspirations and processes and setting up the exhibition in our gallery. Thankfully he was more than happy to chat with me about his work, and I had my work cut out for me trying to contain it to a five minute video! Most of my week has been taking up with editing the finished piece, which you can now view on our YouTube channel.

I’ll also be attending both the opening and the artist talk with my trusty camera in hand and I’m sure there’ll be lots to document from both. It feels like I’ve spent forever holed up in the media room editing the video, so I hope it’s worth the wait!

In addition to filming and editing, I also spent Wednesday morning helping Henrik to create a sound piece for the installation. It’s been a while since I got to do some sound recording and mixing, and my first time doing it for an art installation rather than a film. The strange, disembodied voice works well with the motif of ‘indications of human presence’ exemplified in the rest of the works.

It’s been a busy week preparing for the show, but there’s no rest for the wicked quite yet. There have also been some exciting developments in the pipeline for the Easter holidays: after much discussion and preparation, the call for participants for our One Minute Movie workshops is now live! They’ll be led by me (aah!) and two other experienced film makers, and will run from 14th-17th April. The classes are for 12-18 year olds with some previous film making experience.

The workshops consist of four fast paced sessions to develop and create the one minute films, and will culminate in a screening on Thursday 17th. Spaces are limited, so if you know someone who might be interested, let them know as soon as possible! It’ll be a great opportunity to learn how to create and produce a finished piece to a deadline, in a fun and friendly environment.

All in all, it’s been a busy week of preparation, looming deadlines, anticipation and excitement in the run up to Glasgow International. There’s been a lot of work put into our gallery and admission is free- it’s going to be an exciting one, so it’s not one you’ll want to miss!

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