Juneau Projects update

Splash & Scream By _underscore

We carried out the first pair of workshops at the end of August. These workshops were aimed at families and we were pleased to see many of the parents joining in as well as the children. The focus of the workshops was to paint a series of still images which, when put together in sequence, will form the animation that will be shown in the Gala Pool in February 2020. The images have been shot in the Baths and feature swimmers in the water. People taking part could also make and paint a figure of a swimmer from laser cut parts we produced. At this stage this is a more experimental part of the project and we are thinking about how these figures could be incorporated into the animation.

In this project we are interested in taking all the paintings, made by different people of different ages, and assembling them into one cohesive animation. All the differences in painting styles, the colours that were chosen and different approaches to painting will still be visible in the finished animation, with the overall movement of the swimmers in the Baths linking the paintings together. Moseley Shoals, one of the swimming groups that uses the Baths kindly agreed to be filmed to create some of the source footage.

In the workshops participants could choose which guide image they wanted to use and then paint on top of it onto a clear plastic sheet. This gives them a guide to work to and also ensures that once the paintings are put back in order they flow coherently from one frame to the next. We have found that this technique also encourages people who aren’t confident about art or painting to join in. We are planning more workshops at the moment and will be working with a variety of local people, both adults and young people.

Meet The Team

Rosalind Parker

_underscore is the work of international team Rosalind Parker and Leanne Vandenbussche. It specialises  in creating aesthetic experiences for audiences which adapt classic texts to site specific spaces and work with the operatic canon to explore new relationships between space and sound.


Leanne Vandenbussche

Leanne is a Dutch scenographer working in the field of theatre, opera and performance design across Europe. She creates experimental (opera) experiences that bring singer and audience closer together by removing stage and the unwritten rules of theatre.

Emma-Kate Matthews

London-based multidisciplinary artist, composer and architect Emma-Kate Matthews releases the Far Flung EP on Algebra, on November 4th. The release is available digitally and as a series of limited edition transparent lathe cut 12” with artwork made by Emma-Kate, that includes a series of music videos featuring a digitally simulated cloth and its physical counterpart, in the form of a handmade textile artwork included with each record.


Ryan Munroe is freelance Dancer, Choreographer and Dance facilitator. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School whilst maintaining a keen interest and practice in other dance styles and genres. Beginning the journey of seeing the world through a visual and physical lens. Ryan’s work includes working for universal records, NBC universal, independent site-specific work and dance theatre.


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