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  • Indiegogo AGK campaign launched

    AGK fundraiser from yucknyum on Vimeo.

    For the last few months tremendously talented videomakers from all over Scotland and further afield have been sweating over their AGK videos, the deadline has past now its your turn to help.

    We have set up an Indiegogo campaign and we would like to ask you to support us and spread the campaign around your friends and family. If you enjoy or have enjoyed any of our free events, including the last three AGKs or free zines over the last few years, and think “I can spare £5 to help these guys improve upon the already amazing AGK” then please do. Anything you can afford would be brilliant. If we can find two hundred people who are willing to give us £5 then we are well on our way. If you can’t afford anything we would like to kindly ask you if you would spread the link amongst your peers.

    Visit our Indiegogo campaign here

    The AGK will be held as part of NEoN Digital art festival
    09/11/13
    Venue: Vision Building
    Where: Greenmarket (just off the Perth road, beside Braes Bar)
    Doors open 8:30 pm

    Yuck ‘n Yum is dead, long live Yuck ‘n Yum

    Sit tight and stay calm, because we have some very important news to tell you.

    The bad news is that THE YUCK ‘N YUM ZINE IS DEAD! We will no longer be publishing the quarterly zine that bears our name. We’d like to wish a huge thank you to all contributors, and to all those who’ve helped the cause over our 5 years’ lifetime.

    The winter 2013 issue of Yuck ‘n Yum is to be the last ever. We hope to leave behind a beautiful corpse, and we hope you’ll all play nicely with it.

    The good news is that YUCK ‘N YUM IS STILL ALIVE! We’ll continue to produce art events and multiples, and we’ll still work outside the gallery context. Look out for further announcements in due course, and the AGK will still carry on as scheduled.

    Now that bombshell is over with, there are also a few other things we’d like to tell you, including the last ever submissions deadline and how you can help our AGK. Read on to find out.

    1 – Autumn edition now online

    We’d like to say a big thank you to GENERATORprojects for hosting our Autumn13 launch and to Beth Savage and Ruth Aitken for their fabulous performances. The Autumn edition is now online and will soon be at stockist throughout the UK.

    2 – Last ever Yuck ‘n Yum zine submission deadline is November the 16th 2013

    Winter13 will be our final black and white musing delivered to you in an A5 booklet, however we need your help to make it special. Without your contributions over the years there would have been no Yuck ‘n Yum and for that we are eternally grateful. So lets go out in style and send it off with a bang and send send send in your delectable treats! However before you do, remember to glance at our how to submit guidelines, which are on our website.

    2 – The Annual General Karaoke 4/// Please support our Indiegogo campaign

    For the last few months tremendously talented videomakers from all over Scotland and further afield have been sweating over their AGK videos. The deadline is fast approaching, and on November 9th we hope to deliver the best AGK yet… but we need your help. Despite tremendous support from our volunteers NEoN and the HMC, pulling off our amazing AGK nights is always an expensive enterprise. PA hire, documentation, screen building, prizes, printing and technical equipment all adds up. If you enjoy or have enjoyed any of our free events, including the last three AGKs or free zines over the last few years, and think “I can spare £5 to help these guys improve upon the already amazing AGK” then please do. Anything you can afford would be brilliant. Don’t underestimate that help, it would be tremendous! If you can’t give us anything then please just share the link with your friends and family and please please spread the word.

    The AGK is part of NEoN Digital Art Festival this year and will be taking place at the Vision building in Dundee on the November the 9th. For more information about the festival please visit the festival website.

    Plus watch out for an email from us next week as we have a VERY exciting opportunity for zine makers in the pipeline!

    Love from the Yuck ‘n Yum team

    Autumn Issue is online

    Eyes to the right ->
    Our latest issue, “Autumn 2013” is online for you to read and download. Stay tuned for some big Yuck ‘n Yum news coming soon.

    AGK lyrics on screen: A quick how to by YNY’s Andrew

    Resident tech Andrew Maclean has some top tips and handy links for you to make your lyrics on screen. Remember the FREE deadline for this year’s AGK is the 14th of October!

    Every year the issue of lyrics comes up and this year is no exception, a few folks out there are having some problems. REMEMBER You dont need to use bouncing balls or colour changes as long as the lyrics are on screen its cool.
    Here are basic tutorials on how to add text for Final Cut , iMovie and AfterEffects.

    However when doing it on fcp I prefer to layer two text tracks, two different colours. Then animate crop on the clip in the upper track and crop as the lyrics are sung. You need to keep audio scrubbing on to hear when to crop the upper text and reveal the higlighted colour. You will need to do this line for line and a lot of grunt work is required but you can save time by copy and pasting any repeated lyrics (as long as they are repeated to the same timing).

    I have also been playing with the free TunePrompter program all morning and it seems simple enough … just follow the screen instructions… import tune copy and paste lyrics …sync by hitting space… make video then import that to whatever editing software you are using. However I would change to quicktime in preferences to make it easier to overlay in your editing software.
    TunePrompter is a free download, 100% safe and virus free from Softonic.

    Fellow YNYer Morgan Cahn‘s top tip is to choose a famous karaoke classic and searched online for a karoake video …if it was text on a coloured background, rip it, then use the chroma key in your editing software to get rid of the coloured background and insert your video instead! You get the lyrics already sinked to tune, which means you can concentrates on the visuals!

    I hope this has helped and if you have any top tips please join our AGK Helpdesk on facebook and post them up! You can submit your video to the AGK by following this link.

    Proof

    The blood is on the wall at the Hannah Maclure Center. There’s also finger print powder, animated objects, and an installation that must be seen (truly on another wavelength), along with films and an invisible drawing. This residency has has been quite an inspiration for all involved, and if you want to see ‘Proof’ catch the exhibition while it is on as part of Print Festival Scotland. There is a reception Friday August 30 from 7-10:30 and Crawl Inclusive will be wending its way there as well. The opening hours continue Saturday and Sunday 10-5.  

    The residency was conceived by HMC and Yuck ‘n Yum and was supported by the School of Science, Engineering and Technology. Beatrice Haines worked alongside Dr. Kevin Farrugia  exploring his groundbreaking forensic research. Haines was able to use these visualisation techniques in Abertay’s forensic lab and in the DCA Print Studio to make her new work. 

    The exploration of traces left behind are a large part of Haines’ process. The catalyst for this was the death of her grandmother, the memory of whom she tried to hold on to by recording objects and traces; scuffs on the carpet, tea stains, strands of hair left in her comb. In most cases these once-cherished possessions are discarded, their history we can only guess at or imagine. Like the ex-possessions found in charity shops, objects left behind at crime scenes have been forgotten and rejected. In forensics, these possessions are treated with care and a sterile objectivity, while being poked, prodded, gassed, swabbed, and sprayed. The emotional weight of the object fades as the necessary scientific processes prevail. ‘Proof’ explores the loss of an object’s emotional value as it undergoes scientific treatment, extinction or demotion from home to scrap yard. 

    Creative Dundee feature

    Print Festival Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland

    A few words from the guys who rearranged a penny whistle solo

    AGK 2013 TEASER 4 from yucknyum on Vimeo.

    Our AGK 2011 winners Lachlann Rattray and Joe Howe reminisce about their winning entry:

    Lachlann: We had a lot of fun making our submission for the AGK, and the fun was doubled when we won! It brought us closer together during the production however our friendship soon fell apart when we had to make a decision about the winnings – I wanted to go to Alton towers but Joe wanted to invest the money back into our AGK business and improve our chances of producing future winning videos. I have no idea what he actually spent it on.

    Joe: The clincher in the process was getting to dress up like Paul Simon. I’d been waiting some years to have a decent excuse to do this and I’m very happy that Yuck N Yum provided me with an opportunity. It really made all the intensive MIDI wrangling involved in making the music for this worthwhile! I practiced my bass, conga and saxophone solos for a long time before the final shoot and I think this is what gave us the winning edge on the night.

    JOE’S TOP TIP: Encourage rolling about on the floor to your karaoke video. This will increase enjoyment and add an extra frisson of excitement to the proceedings.

    LACHLANN’S TOP TIP : When adding in the lyrics be sure to show them on screen with enough time for the singer to read them and sing them. However having the lyrics perfectly match the song did improve my enjoyment of watching people struggle to sing along.

    Lachlann is currently working on a collection of works entitled “Future living rooms of my future”. All of Lachlann’s drawings can be found here. Lachlann was also the lead developer on “The Gallery of Lost Art” and interactive exhibition commissioned by the Tate which won multiple awards. including an Interactive Art Award and last year’s SXSW.

    Joe is just about to hand in his thesis project for his Masters in Sound for the Moving Image, at Glasgow School of Art. As Ben Butler & Mousepad, he’s due to release a new record on Paris’s Sound Pellegrino label later this year. Joe’s next projects include working on music and sound design for an second Opera, alongside director Santiago Blaum, in Berlin and a live performance with artists Annabel Frearson and Julia Scott at this year’s Art Licks Festival in London.
    Check out more here.

    Good luck to you gents and hopefully we’ll get to see more karaoke antics from you in the future!

    For details on this year’s submission process please visit agk.yucknyum.co.uk.

    What’s Rachel Maclean up to?

    If you haven’t already noticed the AGK is back and this time with a vengeance. It is our annual get together with our community kind of like a general meeting but with artist videos and karaoke instead. The aim of the AGK is to promote and highlight video and performance and hopefully increase peoples’ networks. It also gives opportunities for artists to make and display work within an unconventional setting, something we at YNY are very passionate about.

    This year as part of our campaign to encourage people to submit a video we are releasing snippets from our past winners alongside info on what they are up to now. If you are lucky to win the best video prize at the AGK we will award you £300, its up to you what you spend it on.

    Our first ever AGK winner was Glasgow based visual artist Rachel Maclean in 2010. Rachel won the AGK with I’m Your Biggest Fan a reinterpretation of ‘Lady Gaga’s’ hit ‘Paparazzi’ which sucked the viewer into a morphing sugary toy town exploring sexual perversion. Since then Rachel has worked with Visual Effects Research Lab at Duncan of Jordanstone, completed a 6 month residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, had her first solo show at GENERATORprojects and is this year’s recipient of the Margait Tait Award, BRAVO!

    Currently Rachel is showing at Edinburgh Printmakers as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival here is what her show is about;

    ‘I HEART SCOTLAND’ is a solo show by Rachel Maclean, exploring Scottish national identity and it’s founding mythologies. Presenting a body of film and print work, the exhibition examines the nation’s romantic histories through the lens of contemporary political debate, creating a complex and surreal vision of modern Scotland. Responding to the upcoming Referendum on Scottish Independence in 2014, the show explores a sense of both power and absurdity within representations of Scottish and British national pride.

     

    image courtesy of Rachel Maclean and Edinburgh Printmakers

    I HEART SCOTLAND runs until the 7th of September at the Edinburgh Printmakers we hope you can make it along.

    You can view her full winning video here

    The deadline for submissions is 14th of October 3013

    The AGK will be part of NEoN this year and will be held in Dundee on the 9th of November (location to be confirmed).

    Read Ben’s article in the Summer 2013 edition of YNY about her Collective show  Over The Rainbow.

    Catch up with Rachel on here and here.

    Other links you might like

    ‘Rachel Maclean: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!

    ‘Where I Make: Rachel Maclean’

    ‘Rachel Maclean wins Margaret Tait Award’

    ‘Rachel Maclean Interview: Going Bananas’

    ‘5 Questions for: Rachel Maclean’

    ‘Artist Review ONE: Rachel Maclean’

    Next up Joe Howe and Lachlan Rattray, our 2011 winners…