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31 OCTOBER 2013

The Adventures of Portland Bill

"Portland Bill was another wonderful children's adventure very much in the style of Postman Pat, Gran, The Herbs, and The Clangers. It concerned the day to day life of Portland Bill (Head lighthouse man of the Lighthouse Guillemot Rock). He is helped by the other lighthouse men Ross and Cromarty. The nearest village to the lighthouse was on the mainland and it was called McGuillycuddy. Here the boys are able to pick up supplies and interact with a whole load of characters. The adventures were by John Grace and were produced in 1983."

(Iain Ratchford, Little Gems)

Designed by John Grace and Barry Leith; Assistant Animators Humphrey Leadbitter and Heather Boucher; Model Makers Martin Cheek, Gordon Tait and Linda Thodesen; Music by John Grace and Mik Parsons; Editor Robert Dunbar; Assistant Editor Andi Sloss; Production Co–ordinator Barrie Edwards; Stories Adapted for TV by Ian Sachs; Executive Producer Graham Clutterbuch; Filmfair Presentation John Grace / Filmfair MCMLXXXIII.



1980s1983 • Andi Sloss • Barrie Edwards • Barry Leith • British televisionchildrens televisionclaymation • FilmFair • Gordon Tait • Graham Clutterbuck • Gran (TV series) • Granada Television • Heather Boucher • Humphrey Leadbitter • Ian Sachs • John Grace • lighthouse • Linda Thodesen • Magic Roundabout • maritime • Maritime England • Martin Cheek • Mik Parsons • nautical • plasticine • Portland (Dorset) • Postman Pat (TV series) • Robert Dunbar • sea • shipping forecast • South of Englandstop motion animationstop-frame animation • The Adventures of Portland Bill (TV series) • The Clangers (TV series) • The Herbs (TV series) • theme musictheme tuneUK


Simon Perkins
30 OCTOBER 2013

Dark Places: arts research exploring UK techno-scientific and industrial / military infrastructure

"Dark Places is part of the Overt Research Project, run by Office of Experiments.

This work was first shown publicly at the exhibition 'Dark Places' curated by Office of Experiments with John Hansard Gallery, Arts Catalyst and SCAN [] in 2009–10. This site was publicly launched on 13th December 2010.

In developing the work for this exhibition, we imagined the construction of an alternative and experimental knowledge source that in turn maps all other sites of knowledge, as they exist in the UK Landscape. A 'Field Guide to Dark Places' is the first of these experimental resources, and aims to draw on and develop responses to the vast infrastructure of the techno–scientific and industrial / military complex, probing aesthetic, political and philosophical questions around spaces that are inaccessible or in some cases secret. (for reasons varying from simple understanding to physical and security issues – the performance as the writer Foucault would state of 'heterotopias').

Overall, the Overt Research Project is vast and so our aim was initially to start with an experience of physical sites within reach of John Hansard Gallery. Our research of these sites has led us to create experimental methods which in turn led to a number of installations, that can be seen by going to the John Hansard Gallery entry on this site (Southampton).

Whilst our own researchers, specifically Neal White and Steve Rowell, largely conducted research for the Dark Places Field Guide, our aim now is to extend the scale of this work by opening up this resource to enthusiasts, amateur scientists and urban explorers. If you would like to take part, we ask that you attend a physical event, as critical to our work is the link between the imaginary and the real – often confounded by pure virtual experience. We have run a number of events at which you can register to become an official Overt Researcher. These have most frequently included 'Critical Excursions'."

(Office of Experiments)



2009 • aesthetic questions • alternative knowledge • amateur science • art exhibitionart installationart work • critical excursions • dark places • Dark Places (exhibition) • dark tourism • digital artsenthusiastsexperience projectexperimental knowledge • experimental research methods • experimental resource • field guide • Field Guide to Dark Places (resource) • heterotopiahuman experienceimaginary spaces • inaccessible spaces • industrial archaeology • interdisciplinary arts • John Hansard Gallery • landscapemapsMichel Foucaultmilitary complexmilitary hardwaremilitary historymilitary-industrial complexnational securityNeal White • Office of Experiments • Overt Research Project (ORP) • philosophical questionsphysical event • physical site • political questions • SCAN (agency) • secret town • security issues • sites of knowledge • South of EnglandSouthampton • Steve Rowell • techno-scientific • technoscience • The Arts Catalyst • UKurban explorerurban geographyvirtual experience


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