neil cummings

May 2015

24Hour Hackney

27 May 2015

Open CinemaOpen Cinema a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing; March–October 2015

Open Cinema is an 8-month long digital film project that offers free training, a range of free events, and the opportunity to collaborate on the production of an exciting 2-day cinema event at Open School East.

The 3pm workshop on the 27th May was led by film-maker Iris Wakulenko and focussed on hands-on filming tips and tricks. We broke into two groups; one group stayed inside and learnt about cameras, tripods, lighting, sound recording, SD cards and interview techniques. We exchanged roles, so we could all experienced a range of technologies, processes and practices.

The other group took to the street and also learnt about the camcorder, tripod and sound recording, we also interviewed people, established, panned and crash zoomed!


Open School East
43 De Beauvoir Road
N1 5SQ
United Kingdom

51.539165, -0.081227

Research Architecture

11 Dec 2014

Values we value

I was invited by Joasia Krysa, the then Director of the Kunsthal Aarhus to contribute to a programme of events entitled The Perfect Institution: Culture 2017.

On the 11th December 2014 I made a public presentation using Self Portrait: Arnolfini and V&A bicentenial as speculative case studies. And on the 12th I facilitated a closed workshop  for Aarhus staff.

The Perfect Institution, was a programme of events across the fields of culture and business that took place  between September 2013 and February 2014 . It set out to offer a pragmatic guide to constructing an art institution that responds to future cultural and economic conditions. The aim, was not merely to adapt to change, but to begin to shape those changes. ­


Kunsthal Aarhus
J. M. Mørks Gade 13,
8000 Aarhus

56.1551, 10.202

A Joy Forever

21 Oct 2011

Cultures of Resilience

I contributed a presentation to an international conference at the Free/Slow University of Warsaw in October 2011, and today published by MayFly books, is a beautiful 274 page English version of the earlier Polish publication of the event.

Free/Slow University of Warsaw. Volume 4

The publication presents critical perspectives on our artworlds, our creative classes and their relations to the 'real' economy.

The book covers more than the narrowly understood art world, here art is understood as a social laboratory, where innovatory ways of organising labor and its modes of appropriation are tested, as well as different types of production, speculation, generation and accumulation of value.


Free Slow University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28

52.2403, 21.0186

Rip, Splice, Share

06 May 2015

The third in Open Cinema's workshops was developed and lead by documentarian, Jose Velazquez. Jose trained at the BBC in new broadcast technologies, he  has a vast knowledge and hands-on expertise in acquisition - we learnt to say 'ingestion'-  transport, storage, compression, management and delivery of moving image content.

Jose introduced some archives of digital moving image content, like, and YouTube, and explained how they work; media hosted on a server and streamed on demmand. ..........More soon

Clip convertor to rip youtube content (video and audio)   

Hitfilm free trial: (output length limited and only publishes to YT, otherwise full product)
Free youtube cloud editor:  (plenty of others available obviously)  

Torrents (if of interest):
Vuze client, or Unlock Torrent .


Open School East
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
N1 5SQ
United Kingdom

51.539209, -0.081307


01 May 2015

Cultures of Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a bounded network - a person, bacterial culture, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It's the capacity to use shocks and disruption - like an infection, financial crisis or climate change, to trigger creative regeneration. Resilience is a model to think about sustainable ways for humans to co-exist within our biosphere.


Central St Martins
United Kingdom

51.536162, -0.124247