Film 24/52 - Juggling For Nelson (or Plinth Juggling Video)

Sorry everyone for taking so long to release this film.  I know a lot of people have been waiting for this one.

I Present:  Juggling For Nelson (or Plinth Juggling Video)

Youtube video link.

This film was shot during my hour on the One And Other Plinth in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 22nd August.
Obviously as I was up there alone the camera was on a tripod so all the camera "movement" you see in the video was created in the edit.  You can see the whole filming process by checking out my profile on the One And Other site.

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice, ideas and support!  I'd love to hear your comments and feedback so drop me an email or leave them below.

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Plinth News and Pictures...

As you probably all know I spent an hour on the One And Other plinth in Trafalgar Square last Saturday.

I shot all the footage I planned and have started editing it into a juggling video. I am working on something else at the mo but should finish my plinth video very soon. Check back for an updates, subscribe or follow me on twitter. If you have an empty hour you can see a video of everything I did.

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I enjoyed my time in London and the time on the plinth was a real highlight. I only just made it on time as after seeing family in Hyde Park I walked over to Camden Tube station only to find it was closed. I then had to make a mad dash forMornington Crescent and got to the One And Other office at 3.29!

I then signed hundreds of release, waiver and permission forms before the health and safety briefing. Photos came next and then an interview. It was audio only but I still felt very self conscious talking about who I was, my family, my work, my passions and views on art, etc. This will be archived with all the footage of the Plinth and will be combined with whatever AnthonyGormley is planning to do with it.

After a couple of mins chilling, checking my gear, toilet and drink I climbed onto the JCB. The guys driving the JCBs were cool and we chatted for a while about the geeky behind the scenes technical side of running a live video project for 100 days.

As soon as I got on the plinth I started setting up my camera and getting ready. One problem i faced was the size of the space i had to work with. It was tiny! If the plinth didn't have an ledgewhich sticks out just beneath the main platform I don't know if I could have made it. Even with a wide angle lens and the camera rotated to portrait, it still couldn't capture the edge from all angles.

Once I had all the footage I needed I started throwing balls down to people in the square to teach them to juggle! this was very popular but soon descended into a game of "Who can throw a ball up to the guy on the plinth!" Unfortunately this meant that 5 of my balls hit the side of the plinth, fell down on to the base of the net and are still there now... I think a random guy walked off with a couple as well.

The Mexican Wave didn't work as there wasn't enough people watching and the diabalo throwing was difficult as it was quite windy. About four throws later both diabalos were on the floor. Whoops.

After a well deserved cup of tea with Shona we were all so tired it was back to Stepney and bed. I got a lot great comments on facebook, twitter and by text. Thanks everyone for watching and supporting me!

I'll put up some photos and news from the rest of our holiday tomorrow.

I do the Plinth! Juggling Workshop and video...

Next weekend, on the 22nd August from 5-6pm, I'm going to be on the Forth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of the One And Other art project.

The idea is that every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, a different person will make the Plinth their own doing something interesting, entertaining or thought provoking. Or not in some cases. See what's happening right now live.

Well with my hour I'm planning on shooting all the footage I need to make a juggling video recreating the third Experimental Film A Week For A Year that I made:

Although there is limited room on the plinth, I reckon that I can stand closer to the camera in some shots, right on the corner, sitting on the edge, facing the crowds, etc. With the footage I'm going to do a longer version of the film mentioned above, with a lot "movement" and pace, more panels of video and with many more layers on top of layers.

This filming should only take a few minutes so I'm planning to do something else as well:


A very large scale juggling workshop!

To pull this off I'm looking for some help in a couple of ways:

Firstly, where can I get enough cheep juggling balls/beanbags from so i can throw them into the square and teach people to juggle? Would anyone like to send me a bag full and "sponsor" a public juggling workshop? Anyone? (You probably wont get many of the balls back.)

Secondly, if you're not at the BJC or have anything else important to do, does anyone want to come along and be an assistanty helper people to help people juggle, take photos, cheer me on?

Lastly, check my slot out live at website and click the like this bit tab a couple of times. Or show it at the BJC show on the big screens if you want.

Thanks for all the ideas people have given me already!  I'll probably have a couple more blogs about this project this week and you can follow my progress on twitter at