Ship of Fools and Monsters

The Exploding Cinema show onboard Motor Ship Stubnitz Saturday 20th April was a great success with over 300 hundred shipmates attending for a whale of a show. Special thanks to the crew for making it all possible!

Stubnitz has now sailed on, this time to Dunkirk where they will stay till late summer after which return to London does seem possible if suitable mooring can be found.

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Open Video London

Between April 18-20, Mick Fuzz from Floss Manuals facilitates a workshop / course sprint to document and publish an introductory course for open video  in the areas of end-user technologies (viewing, encoding, editing,  subtitling etc) and developer tools (transcoding, web applications,  developing for mobile devices). See the event schedule here

Open Video London will be held aboard MS Stubnitz which is currently moored at Wood Wharf in London Docklands. Contributions will come from those already swimming in the sea of free software / open source tools, open video frameworks and creating innovative learning.

It’s part of the international Open Video series launched with the Open  Video Forum in 2012. The current version of the course, created at a  Berlin sprint last year, is part of the School of Open, a collaboration  between Creative Commons and P2P University.

Join us in an ongoing effort to bring more people (especially from newer netcultures) into free software / open source debates around visual media via the creation of open educational resources (courses will be translated).

Please get in touch soon if you interested and think you  may be able to attend, we’ll cover accommodation, meals, and can help with travel expenses.

Partners include:
xm:lab, FLOSS Manuals, P2PU,


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Spluttershutter #02

This month we will screen;

MMT_posterMagical Mystery Tour Apple Corp 1967 53 mins 16mm
The Chase (Doctor Who) BBC 16mm

Thursday 28th March 2013 7.30 for 8pm start
Greenroom @ Borough Hall, Royal Hill.
Greenwich. London SE10 8RE

Global exposure of The Beatles and their music reached new highs during the psychedelic half of the 60’s in a burst of inspiration and creativity that preempted their end before the decade was out. In that time so much happened that effected them all not least the death of manager and guide Brian Epstein 1967.
Despite this shock they went ahead with the ‘plan’ to produce a film with their cash and instinct intact, took off on The Magical Mystery Tour. It tested the patience loyalty and tastes of the nation when it got it’s TV premiere that same Christmas. Shot on 16mm over the course of a week away with friends, strangers and on a course of their choosing traversed a landscape of Britain at once surreal and familiar.

who72The previously year the fab Four appeared in an episode of Dr Who – The Chase. Brian Epstein had prevented them from appearing in person as old men so the BBC used a clip of them playing on TOTP instead which has since been lost.

Magical Mystery Tour has rarely been projected and didn’t get a theatre release on its release as it was always intended for TV so take this one off opportunity, arrive in time and grab your seat to travel in these contrasting cinematic time tunnels. We even have a couple of sofas for you to hide behind!

Please dress the part, bring your own food and drink to share or pay the meagre £516mmcans

Show your old 8mm, 16mm films at our next presentation at end of April, contact

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LAMP is a new arts/music and performance club space for Leamington Spa opening in March. On Saturday 16th Funki Porcini with friends from Exploding Cinema will be presenting an expanded cinema event featuring some of his recent films and music videos alongside stunning shorts, super8 loops and hi-color optikinetics..!


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Spluttershutter #01

Please come along to our first monthly Spluttershutter screening event in The Green Room @ Borough Hall, Greenwich on Thursday 28th February 2013 at 7.30pm till 10pm.

16mmfilmcansWe will be screening 35mm slide, 16mm and 8mm films each month so if you have some you want to show bring them with you or get in touch to screen your film with us in the future.

This month we have a great selection of films that have rarely been screened on film including;


Grenada – The Future Coming Towards Us. A profile of the then “ruler” of Grenada Maurice Bishop before his assassination in 1983. 50 mins. colour.

and a collection of pop video’s from the late seventies a slide set from a box in this store room and a cassette tape of my sister in the bath in 1977

projectorPlease arrive promptly with something to eat, drink and share or pay £5 on the door. Film will roll at 8pm sharp

Many thanks to Gordon Cooper for preparation and projection.



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For the last couple of days our attention has been held by‘s spectacular intervention into the tense diplomatic crisis surrounding the cornering of Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.

assange parcelRight now as we track the parcel on route to the embassy, spitting out images every 10 seconds via GSM to a watching world on twitter, time ticks away on the sustainability of this standoff for all concerned not least the British government whose embarrassment and millions in extra policing must be increasingly hard to justify. See BBC coverage so far.. expect wider exposure to follow.

Meanwhile perhaps Assange is getting some entertainment from the progress of this real life ping test for he will surely have read by now and be in his favorite clothes ready to receive! Indeed package has now been delivered and opened by Mr Assange..

viva !


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After another great visit to Stubnitz for this months Dorkbot we popped back to at midnight to find Exploding Cinema late night session to create the Expanded show booklet for show still raging!

Really looking forward to the next show, but wrap up warm if you are heading over its going to be very chilly out!

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BTS workshops day one

Here is Adnan Hadzi in full flow during the morning sessions.. which featured explanations of his long term research and development around collaborative film making which has recently added a edition to the suite of webwares as described by Lisa Haskel. Great workshop to kick off the sessions!

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Those crazy folk at Madcap Coalition !
Popped in today to meet with Rankine and attend to their network and update PC’s.. all working fine now.. ! Then we sorted out their domain name and hosting issues. Now you can email them again

In their warehouse I see huge collection of staging and tents, flats and drapes.. well equipped workshop and spectacular carnival outfits..

Had to introduce him to Shirley and Spinoza some of the best alternative radio archives in the world..

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Mozfest 2012

Here is a short account of the weekend spent at Mozilla Festival 2012 at Ravensbourne college which is adjacent to The O2 Dome, Greenwich London. In the first place I didn’t have a ticket till Jane Whyatt handed over of her pass as she couldn’t attend due to post opp leg pain (ooh) thanks for that !

I went along on Friday night to pick up the pass and have a good look about the event fair being held on the 4th floor lounge space where many of the workshop hosts and other exhibitors were already previewing their work. I was also very pleased to meet up with Mick Fuzz scoff a few canope’ and sup red wine..

So on Saturday I arrived 10am sharp to join a large workshop being held by development group of Zeega which is a well crafted media compositor which works in the browser (chrome and safari) allowing for quick authoring of rich narratives out of web resources both from mammoth concentrators such as youtube, flickr and twitter as well as any privately hosted elements. These are cast to time using a layered approach that is instinctive and rapidly returns satisfaction as we discovered at the end of the two hours (wow that passed quick) with a review of some of the published compositions.

In much the same way (using firefox) with more emphasis on editable timeline and syncing of sources the loudly heralded WebMaker Popcorn carries you swiftly along to a very presentable outcome integrating Google maps, Twitter ticker-tape, Wikipedia data and a range of sound, text  overlays to your core still or moving images. Over the course of the weekend I overheard many glowing references to the sound aspects of Popcorn and I expect more reward will follow on from effort sustained. Both systems are most impressive and well worth the attention.

Lunch was great! I met with friends who had attended last years event and again had good reports of their morning sessions to share. We split up to try and cover the huge range of afternoon activities to find many already entrenched in investigative process or exchanging on varied and impassioned aspects of education, topography and mechanics of encoding. I gravitated to the Radio session where new friends in the Airtime development group held a working session on aspect of production management and facilitation of transmission and enjoyed the detailed and attentive considerations of the group reviewing issues of the audience, interaction as well as scope for evolutionary progress to come.

There was definitely the sense of being well catered for with almost every level offering refreshments and snack food, in addition to an attentive support from those staffing the sessions and directing traffic. I was intrigued with the coding for teens and webmaker badge areas but didn’t find the moment to stop and investigate the latest scratch offering in any detail though did have a conversation over coffee with keen badge advocates to acknowledge the value this initiative leads on. Yes I see this being effective in the drive to account on renewed effort promoting overdue upscaling of ICT education standards and a fun way to navigate an increasingly fragmented learning environment we all experience.

On Sunday I took an even more leisurely approach toward the sessions sitting in on the articulately presented Craftyy game building environment where near instantaneous game play, graphic drafting and behaviour aspects of the computer game are made easily accessible and intriguingly handsome even for a non game player like me! Lunch was great again (this stuff is important!) renewed contact with attendee of the radio session and speculated on explosive potential of this educational surge in progress. Attended an Arduino codebender session without laptop and fortunately was able to share with some great girls the not inconsiderable effort to keep up with the electronics (primer) and the code being bent.

I found myself back a the Popcorn workspace in more of a (minor) nurturing role this time helping a fresh user get started and reviewing the basics again, reminding myself of the ideals of the festival in the process. Its taken me all day to distil some of my experience to this account which I have been able to recall easily as I write, that’s a good sign.


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