This weekend we hosted an exhibition of new work by current GSA Fine Art Photography student Linden Kingston.
‘My Wolf Dog’ explores what we have lost in nature and culture through a global shift into the Anthropocene through photographs, text and performative storytelling.
You can view more of Linden’s work here
We’re happy to announce that our collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art has been awarded follow on funding from the AHRC.
We are further developing our virtual space, Studio 39 – one of Mackintosh’s original painting studios and the focus of the restoration work carried out after the 2014 fire. Our virtual Studio 39 was created using cloud point scans from the original space which, in addition to the Laocoön statue, we intend to populate with more 3D artefacts and add a number of new interactive elements.
Visitors will be able to explore a rich array of assets and stories in new, immersive, and emotionally engaging ways. We hope that Studio 39 will be used once more as an architectural space for learning, with plans to develop similar immersive ‘deep dive’ environments for education and research.
新年快乐 / 新年快樂
Here’s look at our recent installation for V&A Shekou – the first V&A outpost to be launched outside London. Visitors interact with the large video display via the WeChat app to select from over 250 design objects from the collection to reveal their hidden Design Values before creating personal design statements to share socially and add to the Gallery’s permanent collection of user-generated slogans.
Happy year of the pig!
It’s 10 years since we designed what became the first of the four album covers we’ve created for ex-Del Amitri man Justin Currie.
‘What is Love For’ was released on New York’s Ryko Records and Justin has just regained the rights to the recording allowing him to release a limited edition vinyl version, giving us the chance to see our art direction and Mark Seager’s photography in all its intended 12″ glory.
The Aberdeen Music Hall reopened its doors on Saturday after a two year closure and £9 million renovation and restoration. It now features an impressive LED video wall which will be used to present a rolling series of new video artist’s work.
Our digital installation is the first of these artist’s commissions to feature on the wall – a 3D animation shining a spotlight on over 190 years of the Music Hall’s history through a whirlwind of archive images, posters and tickets showcasing the great variety of performers who have taken to the stage over the years including David Bowie, Blondie, Eartha Kitt, Emeli Sande, The Proclaimers, and Billy Connolly.
We’re pleased to announce we’ve been commissioned by Studio Arc to create the new centre-piece film for the National Wallace Monument. The monument will be undergoing a major refurbishment in preparation for it’s 150th anniversary.
An ambitious, animated film will tell the story of Wallace, his rise to prominence, his most famous victory at the Battle of Stirling and his transformation into one of Scotland’s most treasured national heroes. We’re excited to be collaborating with concept artist and illustrator Richard Anderson (Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Prometheus), composer Giles Lamb (Valhalla Rising, Sucker Punch) and scriptwriter Richard Downes (History of Scotland, The Stuarts).
Photo: ©The National Wallace Monument
Back in January ISO and The Glasgow School of Art answered a research call from the AHRC & EPSRC to explore the future of immersive experiences in the context of three central concepts – Memory, Place and Performance.
We are in York today at the #ImmersiveExperiences Showcase sharing the fruits of this research – DIGITAL LAOCOÖN; a VR experience and accompanying AR app which tell the intriguing story of the Laocoön statue that once sat in the historic Mackintosh School. Our research explored how VR’s unique transportive and immersive qualities can bring new and exciting ways of interacting and engaging with historic objects.
New Scottish independent TV production company Freedom Scripted Entertainment, headed up by Mike Ellen, approached us to develop their branding and application for print, motion and digital. The company specialise in new writing and innovative drama for TV and multi-platform.
We looked at old typewritten drama scripts and found the aesthetics of the visual conventions, traditional formatting and geometric typewriter font effective. From there we developed a bespoke font, based on that vintage typewriter script and titled it ‘Freedom’.
For Freedom’s launch during the Edinburgh International Television Festival we created this animated ident and applied the identity to their website, social channels and print.
We worked with artist Rachel Maclean to create a website for her first feature film, the darkly-comic Make Me Up. The website design uses Rachel’s distinctive artwork to create a knowingly retro early web aesthetic.
The film forms part of 14-18 Now, a cultural programme taking place across the UK to mark the centenary of the WW1. Rachel is one of three female artists invited to make works which explore democracy, equality and inclusion in contemporary Britain. The film received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on the Friday 12 October.
We created a brand new animated identity for leading Scottish production company – and long time collaborators – Sigma Films. The brief asked for symbols and animation that would ‘decode the DNA of film’. We took inspiration from the electro mechanical rotor Enigma Cipher, spinning circular shutters, and early pre-film animation techniques, resulting in an animated ‘film cipher’.
We got to see it on the big screen at the Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere of Sigma’s latest release, Outlaw King, which is now available to stream on Netflix.
The V&A Dundee has finally opened and we can now share the work we’ve been doing for the last year on our Design Unwrapped installation. We’ve developed a large interactive table to present the stories of four distinctive Scottish Design objects.
The table features augmented animations to illustrate the production processes of Lynne MacLachan’s ‘Statement Phase’ necklace, whilst a touch interactive lets you assemble a Hunter Boot from the pattern cutter’s components.
The S’Up Spoon co-designed between Grant Douglas and 4C Design shows how physical prototypes became a spin-off company that Grant now runs and Neil Poulton’s Scopas Light for Artemide illustrates the link between creative inspiration and technical innovation.
The Scottish Gallery is now open and free to visit.
1906 saw the opening of an astonishing piece of architecture for its time. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed a groundbreaking building and interiors for Mrs Cranston’s Tea Room empire in Glasgow. Over a hundred years later we have created a 4k centrepiece film, Mackintosh and the Making of the Willow for the new visitor centre.
Supplied with Mackintosh’s original plans and photographs of the site, we created a CGI model, showing the building and interiors he and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh designed. The rooms have been recreated showing the distinctive character and design he is famous for. It’s the finale of the centre before visitors step next door to the faithfully re-created original Willow Tea Room.
Now open to the public at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
Congratulations to our Head of Production, Justine Leahy for becoming a delegate on this year’s Special Edition professional development programme by TRC Media.
Special Edition is a six-month high-end training course funded by Scottish Enterprise, BBC, Channel 4 and Creative Scotland. It was created for women in the digital/tech sector in Scotland, to fulfil their professional potential with a programme of development training and creative expertise culminating in a field trip to meet CEOs, founders, & strategists of some of the worlds leading digital tech companies.
Our new exhibit at the historic Roman Baths features a large multi-user touchscreen by which visitors can explore all areas of the site in detail, seeing a variety of Roman characters (over one hundred of them) going about their various activities in real-time. Up to four users can select a character to reveal a cinematic view on a second screen, revealing their stories, actions and environment in more depth. The characters “living in” the table also feature in other parts of the museum, we wanted to maintain a sense of continuity whilst giving visitors the chance to engage with them in a new way.
To generate historically accurate animation, motion capture was used to record actor’s movements, which formed the basis of the final stylised animation. The exhibit gives a unique dual-perspective of the baths and its inhabitants, enhanced by 4k animation and photorealistic effects.
As part of Festival 2018 and Glasgow’s linking to Berlin for the European Championships, we invited Berlin-based audio/visual artist Tom Scholefield (aka Konx-on-Pax) to host a retrospective exhibition. The show featured record sleeve designs, graphic prints, posters, 3D visuals and video work from 2005 – 2018, showcasing Tom’s unique and immediately identifiable vibrant aesthetic. For the Preview weekend, Tom was also joined by Glasgow DJs Sofay and Ribeka for an exclusive live set in the ISO screening room before playing an exclusive live AV set in George Square with Mogwai’s Barry Burns and his band SUMS.
Tom has had his directorial work shown in different publications and festivals all over the world and is known for his psychedelic 3D live visuals for artists such as Lone and his own performances. In more recent years, he has worked with labels such as Warp Records, Brainfeeder, Hyperdub and LuckyMe and he continues to release his own electronic music on Planet Mu.