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Standon Calls for Word in Motion

Come join us at Standon Calling Festival in the Autumn Shift Tent on Friday 3rd August at 9.30pm for a specially tailored evening of live performances by Dan Cockrill (Bang Said the Gun, the UK’s best poetry gig – ‘The Times’) PLUS top spoken word artists AND a screening of the films!


Posted 01/08/2012

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Word In Motion Extended

We have some great news here at Smile for London HQ…Word In Motion is being extended!

All the films will play THROUGHOUT the day for the rest of the week.

The morning schedule will run from 6am – 4pm and the afternoon schedule will run from 4pm – midnight.

Also all the films will be running back to back for the whole weekend on a dedicated Smile for London screen at Euston station. You can find them at platform 3 of the Northern line travelling northbound on the middle screen. No ads just the wonderful animations

This will hopefully give you the chance to get yourselves underground and enjoy the whole exhibition one more time.

Also if you haven’t had a go already, give Blippar a go – download the app, hold it over your Oyster card till it locks in and the film will start to play! It works underground too once you’ve synched it.


The Blippar films this week are:

Today: Francesca Beard & Ben Collier Marsh
Tomorrow: Polarbear & Bran Dougherty-Johnson
Friday: Benjamin Zephaniah & The Studio of Williamson Curran

Posted 25/01/2012

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Week 2 Schedule

Here’s the schedule for week 2 of Word In Motion

7am – 10am
Olakumbi Aikwumi / Something Moving
Francesca Beard / Ben Collier-Marsh
Jon Burgerman / Malcolm Garrett
Matt George / Lawrence Suryani & Chris Turnbull
Joshua Idehen / M-I-E
Les Hayden / James Trosh
Mikill Pane / Fiona Woodcock
Olivia Sabat / Marcus Melton
Scroobius Pip / Oxborrow & Andrew – 12foot6
Keith Turner / Why Not Associates
Imogen Wethered / Martin Shannon

4pm – 7pm
Jen Campbell / Sonia Hensler
Pip Ford / Shroom Studio
Kate Harland / Andy Rementer
Danielle Mensah / Marcos Sanchez
Benjamin Zephaniah / Studio of Williamson Curran
Polarbear / Bran Dougherty-Johnson
Simon Taylor / Simon Taylor – Tomato
Salena Godden / Ivo Sousa
Luke Wright / Zedzero
Nikesh Shukla / Alasdair & Jock – Trunk
Ross Sutherland / Lizzie Mary Cullen
Ray Davies / Hexstatic

Posted 23/01/2012

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Animation Schedule

Word In Motion is live!

Below is a schedule for week 1. Go check ’em out…

7am – 10am
Kate Bentley/ Simon Testro & Richard Lee
Jarvis Cocker/ Liam Brazier
Dan Cockrill/ Richard Jackson
Inua Ellams/ Jonathan McKee
Murray Lachlan Young/ Ian Campbell
Natasha Warren/ George Smyth
Martin Galton/ Martin Galton
Paul Lyalls/ Stefano Ottaviano
Imogen Wethered/ Martin Shannon
Hollie McNish/ Breathing Juice

4pm – 7pm
Francesca Beard/ Ben Collier-Marsh
Cerys Matthews/ Pavel Ivanov
Emily Berry/ James Bates
Courttia Newland/ Lore&Jun (Trunk)
Rebecca Shamash/ David Prosser (Studio AKA)
Dan Simpson/ James Bates
Kate Tempest/ Phoebe Boswell
Rick Holland/ Jessika Strataki
Jack Underwood/ Kristian Andrews (Studio AKA)
Musa Okwonga/ Collective of Two

Posted 17/01/2012

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Word In Motion Launch Party

Well we had a fantastic night on Wednesday down at XOYO for the launch of Word In Motion. There ws a great turnout with lots of our contributing poets and artists in attendance.

The night started well with everyone enjoying a glass of fizz and getting settled in before our good friend Dan Cockrill from Bang Said The Gun got things going and introduced performances from Paul Lyalls, Nikesh Shukla, Salena Godden, Rick Holland, Inua Ellams, Musa Okwonga, Francesca Beard and Murray Lachlan Young.

Smile for London founders Jo Kotas & Alex Stevens then introduced the films which were incredibly well received and quite simply brilliant! Maxi Jazz then took to the turntables and supplied a stellar soundtrack to the rest of the evening.

A cracking night and thanks to all who came down. There was so much positivity and love in the room, seeing poets meeting the animators who had brought their words to life was great.

Here’s a few pictures from the night (all photographs by Mark Mather)

The crowd gathers

Nikesh Shukla

Dan Cockrill & Martin Galton from Bang Said The Gun

Salena Godden, Francesca Beard & Murray Lachlan Young

Musa Okwonga with Amy Thornley & Louise Lawlor aka Collective Of Two who animated his poem

Alex & Jo of Smile for London

Ross Sutherland

Kate Elizabeth Bentley in the middle

Dan Cockrill gets the poetry started

Paul Lyalls

Nikesh performing

Inua Ellams

Francesca Beard

Musa Okwonga performs

Murray Lachlan Young on stage

Rick Holland

Guests enjoying the films

Cerys Matthews was in attendance

Robin Brunson from Hexstatic

Salena Godden

Olivia Sabat

Maxi Jazz supplying the sounds

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Posted 13/01/2012

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Matthew George & Lawrence Suranyi

Freelance writer and poetry editor of Notes From The Underground, Matthew George will see his fantastic poem transformed by recent University of Westminster animation graduate Lawrence Suranyi, working alongside Chris Turnbull.

Notes From The Underground

Lawrence’s showreel

L SURANYI Motion Graphics Reel June 2011 from Lawrence Suranyi on Vimeo.

Posted 09/01/2012

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Paul Lyalls & Stefano Ottaviano

Long established poet Paul Lyalls is a stalwart of the UK poetry scene and as a keen exponent of making poetry accessible to all is a perfect contributor to Word In Motion. Talented young creative Stefano Ottaviano, who has previously worked with MTV and Ken Russell to name but two, will be animating Paul’s poem.

Paul Lyalls – Live in Performance

Stefano’s showreel

Reel 2010 from Stefano Ottaviano on Vimeo.

Posted 09/01/2012

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Danielle Mensah & Marcos Sanchez

Danielle is another writer who same to Word In Motion via the submission process and we’re delighted to have her on board. Marcos Sanchez, filmmaker and artist, joins us from Chile to give life to Danielle’s work.

Danielle’s website

Marcos Sanchez – El Accidente de las Espinas

El Accidente de las Espinas III | Automata | Branch from Marcos Sanchez on Vimeo.

Posted 09/01/2012

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Les Hayden & James Trosh

Musician and lyricist Les Hayden came to Word In Motion through the submissions competition. We don’t know a great deal about him but we like what we’ve heard! Filmmaker James Trosh contributed to last year’s Smile for Lopndon exhibition and is working on Les’ piece alongside actress Sophie Wardlow and cameraman Liam Southall.

Have a listen to Les’ work at his band page.

James Trosh – Robot In Space

Smile for London: Robot in Space from James Trosh on Vimeo.

Posted 09/01/2012

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Jack Underwood & Kristian Andrews

Jack Underwood, lecturer at Goldsmith’s College and hugely talented young poet, is paired up with Kristian Andrews, a fantastic director from Studio AKA.

Jack Underwood – Certain

Kristian Andrews – Phat Ride

Phat Ride from Kristian Andrews on Vimeo.

Posted 09/01/2012

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