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Film still from Lost Shark, Image credit Ruth Pringle, 2022

Welcome!

Hello friends of Blue Noun Language Hub.

In today’s blog, we’re going to share a recent artwork and the story behind it.

But first, we’re going to introduce you to our new English learning resource, Webinar Surfers (and encourage you to join this free Facebook English Group).

There’s no additional practice exercise this week – but if you want to, make sure you are signed up to go Webinar Surfing with us this weekend – we’d love to see you there.

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English for Art-Making | About Blue Noun

We’re an alternative English language school.

We coach artists and designers and other creatives on their English learning journey – and enjoy bringing people from the cultural sector together to chat (in English) about all sorts of things.

We refer to our space as a ‘hub’.

Our hub is a sort of melting pot where good things happen.

Although it’s us putting the people together, we never know exactly what the resulting collaborations and conversations will be – but we’ll be on hand to keep things fresh and flowing and guide you through the English language you need to express yourself around your own art practice.

If you would like to join us, we are in Perthshire, Scotland.

Until you can get here, we have a new, free Facebook English Group called Webinar Surfers that you may wish to join.

Blue Noun’s Free Facebook English Group – Webinar Surfers

Webinar Surfers is a Facebook page and community with a bi-monthly, free Zoom call for English learners to jump on and practice speaking – very much in the same spirit as our physical space.

We’ll either go Webinar Surfing together – or Web Surfing together.

What this means is, join our community and I’ll point you in the direction of some free quality content online – often a Webinar training or a cool and useful resource.

You watch it – or read it in your own time, then jump into the Sunday Recap  Zoom Call to practice the vocabulary and themes it brings up.

It’s relaxed and friendly and it’s a resource intended for anyone interested in improving their English level around all kinds of creative subjects.

And because everyone is short of time these days,  you are upskilling and/or informing yourself about art & design at the same time as practicing professional English!

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BTW, At the moment, we’ve just launched so it’s not busy at all:  join us and get some high-quality English coaching – for free!

Webinar Surfers

“In 1997, nearly five million bits of Lego fell into the sea when a huge wave hit the container ship Tokio Express, washing 62 containers overboard.”

 

Lost Lego at Sea Facebook Page

 This Week’s Web Surf | The Lego Lost at Sea Project

We’re having a Web Surf this weekend 🏄‍♀️
 
This Sunday, we’re going to take a look at a very smart citizen science/creative project, called 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝗮.
 
𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝗮 is conceptually smart, skilful in production and fabulously eco in spirit.

 

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Screenshot from the Lego Lost at Sea Facebook Page – the subject of this week’s web surf.

 

The Lego Lost At Sea Facebook page was created by British writer and beachcomber Tracey Williams, who first started to discover pieces of sea themed Lego on beaches around her family home in South Devon, England in the late 1990s. She now lives in Cornwall, England where the shipwrecked Lego still washes up daily.”

Lost Lego at Sea Facebook Page

Target Language

By the end of our Zoom call,  participants will have the language skills to describe the 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝗮 project, feel more confident in saying large numbers & be able to discuss this style of messaging, purpose and ‘citizen science’.

 

Meet the Makers | Creative Synergy

From time to time (but not as often as I would like), I find time to make a bit of artwork.

Today I want to share with you the story of a short film I’ve made.

It has a coincidental, conceptual synergy with the Lego Lost at Sea project.

Lost Shark, a film by Ruth Pringle: Credit Blue Noun

Art Talk | About Lost Shark

It’s been a couple of weeks since we visited Agarty and watched the red kite feed.

It was spectacular. Dozens of birds swooping down to snatch morsels of food away into the sky. Other birds, preferring not to land attempting to steal their prizes away mid-air.

(Visiting Agarty is one of the activities we do with our English learning guests and it’s thrilling).

Art Talk | Inspiration

Perhaps I only spotted the balloon in the sky because I had been birds watching so intently, but driving towards Dunblane,  there it was in the sky. The oddest of sights.

You don’t expect to glance up and see a shark flying above you. And certainly not a shark sporting a rakish gangster hat, but there it was, someone’s treat sucked into the sky and disappearing fast.

I parked up and snatched a few photos before it was too far away to find with my lens (with the naked eye, I could already only see it as a dot).

It’s not really a story is it?: An escaping balloon.

As an artist, I know that objects in the wrong place can be incredibly powerful. My installation art practice used to consist of it.

Something resonated with me about this, the stupidest of objects sharing the same sky as those timid, magnificent birds. (Birds I should add, which have been completely wiped out from our islands through deliberate poisoning – now reintroduced in an elaborate breeding programme). It actually felt shocking.

Will the novelty balloon be as funny caught up in a tree for decades? Or sinking into the ocean to tangle up wildlife. Someone stop me from laughing.

Give me fewer trashy objects and the chance to glimpse these magnificent birds surviving in the natural wilderness we owe to return back to Scotland.

When I uploaded my day’s photographs, of course, the two sets were side by side in my photo library.

I’ve made this short film sketch to try to explain the oddness of the moment. It’s a rough edit, but that’s how I want it. I’m not offering any conclusions, I’m just explaining how I felt and how I feel.

Let me know in the comments if you like it!

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