i am a visual artist,
filmmaker,
imaging technologist,
photographer,
creative director.

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my transdisciplinary work engages with other artists, scientists, researchers and practitioners who make music, poetry, paintings, software, compost, dance and theatrical performance.

my outputs platform the artists, academics, and collaborators with whom i work.
my unique vision and working methodologies offer new dimensions to explore, enhance, remix, and then amplify the individual modalities that constitute each project with which i engage.

together we make photographs, animations, artists' moving image, live action films, interactive digital installations and live performances.

thematically my personal artistic enquiry is one that explores landscapes both topographical and metaphysical - the landscape of dreams, of memories and of fantasies; interrogating the divisions that we perceive to separate these different states of conscious awareness and of being.

you can reach out to me for contact and collaborations : donshades @ davidmcnulty dot co dot uk

below is a selection of my recent experiments with moving image, sound, text, interactivity and performance.

you can see finished projects by exploring the links on the left.

:: PROJECTIONS FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE ::
:: THE FISH TALES OF ALASKA @ THE YARD THEATRE [supported by ACE] ::
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Lover, mother, friend and foe, the ocean is brought to strange, sensual, surging life by the dissonant choral harmonies and molten movements of six singers/dancers.
narrative gold dust.

-Time Out review of The Fish Tales of Alaska

Working as a director, film maker and projectionist with the Unhidden Collective - a multi-disciplinary group of dancers, musicians, and artists for The Fish Tales of Alaska at the Yard Theatre; I combined text, research photographs & with specifically shot sequences to present a series of films that were projected onto the stage and also projection mapped onto performers through the show.

 

:: INTERACTIVE SOUND & VISION ::
:: VIDEO / BODY / SOUND EXPERIMENTS ::

Collaborating with electronic sound and vision artist and a choreographer we played with this hacked X-Box Connect, a synthesiser, a few video cameras and VDMX live visual manipulation software. This is the genesis of body of research and development that I would like to use the DYPC to fund further explorations into.
 
 

:: POETRY FILM ::
:: STEPHEN WATTS : FROM LONDON TO COLOMBIA ::

This short film was made during the COVID-19 Lockdown, under strict COVID-19 safety procedures. I worked with London based, Internationally awarded poet Stephen Watts, to give him a space to present his work to the Bogota Poetry Festival, after his trip to Colombia was prevented by Pandemic restrictions.

  

:: DANCE FILM ::
:: TOGETHER - A FILM ABOUT LOCKDOWN ::

This short dance film explores my feelings of isolation during the COVID-19 first lockdown in the UK. I researched, developed and rehearsed this film remotely during the first pandemic lockdown in London, then with the help of a film producer we shot the film the first week that the restrictions were lifted. This was my first attempt at working with dancers to express my own ideas and feelings; and it is a scheme of work that I would like to continue to explore in the future.

 

:: 16MM ANALOGUE CAMERA, FILM & MOTION TEST ::
:: PREPARATION FOR A STOP MOTION ANIMATION ::

I have worked for many years with Super 8mm as my preferred analogue format of choice for moving picture work. For an upcoming animated music video collaboration with musical artist Fiona Fey, I will be graduating to 16MM Film. This first test roll shows me testing both the camera, the lenses (vintage technology), textures, colours and different frame rates. We will complete this project in 2022.

 

:: NEW DIGITAL LANDSCAPES ::
:: VR 360 EXPERIMENT ::

A first play with an insta360 4K pocket camera. This is about me trying to port my wealth of experience as a filmmaker using analogue film tools into the digital space; learning some new software to have some conceptual fun along the way.

 

 

david mcnulty. aka donshades :: artist. filmmaker.

david mcnulty. artist. camera operator.

david mcnulty. artist. photographer.

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