Annabeth Orton

Manchester, United Kingdom

About Annabeth

Bio

Glittermouse (Annabeth Orton) graduated in Fine Art Sculpture from Kingston University in 2002 and has since taught a range of 2D and 3D processes at Further Education Colleges in London and Manchester. With a broad practice historically including painting, illustration and even a craft stall at Camden Market, she first began experimenting with digital techniques after encountering the Demoscene in 2005 and has since placed first in digital graphics competitions in the UK and Europe. More recently, she has been combining a love for the digital with a continued exploration of physical making processes and has exhibited interactive drawing installations at Alternative Party in Helsinki in October 2010, Blacked Out in London in August 2010 and presented the solo show Marking the Territory at the Link Gallery in Manchester in April 2010. Currently studying an MA in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, recent practice explores the role of interaction in dissussing issues of modern city spaces, including public ownership and social cohesion.

Comments & conversations

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Annabeth Orton
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
I'm back! I've been thinking about that trust thing again, it reminded me of Jane Jacobs reflections on 'casual public trust' in The Death and Life of Great American Cities; The Failure of Town Planning (1964). If you're not already familiar with that text I would definitely recommend it... It seems to me that opportunities to exercise trust are becoming increasingly eroded. I think that's become a key function that projects such as these can perform; restoring some of that. It's a really important thing to raise and essential for anyone working in this area to be aware of... Anyway. Just thought I'd chuck that back at you :)
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Annabeth Orton
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
Hi Colin, I like the project and I can see that you have developed a 'face to face' element to it... so share the secret...? ;) How do you get people to turn up? Where do you publicise your website? How do you get people fired up to join in? Maybe that's a question with some really obvious answers but I think it's one of the first stumbling blocks to participative projects and definitely a key area to share good practice around. For myself, so far, I've had the best responses by approaching exisitng community groups. This is important and can be used to forge links between such groups but I am really interested in this mysterious goal of facilitating interactions between strangers... How do *you* do it?
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Annabeth Orton
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
Yes, I thought you might have encountered the same question which is why I raised it... I agree about the beer though - hence the Fancy A Pint? (http://www.glittermouse.co.uk/fancy-a-pint.html) project that I tried to get off the ground and my comments below regarding cake! This conversation has given me the push to revist that project further now though, and I'm currently sat here planning ways to get my neighbours to trust random muffins... Another interesting artist network to keep an eye on though - I feel very encouraged that there are so many people working in these areas at the moment!
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Annabeth Orton
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
Hurrah for another exciting project! :D I am really interested in the relationship between the whole web 2.0 thing (by that I mean social networking, using websites to encourage interactions, etc) and physical communities. On the one hand it seems that I have better and more frequent comtact with people in other countries than I do my own neighbours, and I can't help wonder if such sites are contributing to this... On the other hand it seems like it could be such an invaluable tool for engaging people in the first instance who would never normally be interested in arts/community practices. How can we get people to get out from behind their PCs and meet up in the real world?
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Annabeth Orton
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
Hi, nice project, well done for getting so many responses! I think the trick is in not underestimating the value of people's time. I have had much better responses to projects where I am literally handing it to people... I think a necessary prioritisation of 'daily life stuff' can be misinterpreted as apathy and it's really important to be able to clearly communicate what you expect the benefit of participation will be to people. But giving things out helps. and everyone likes cake. I think my next project will involve cake. ;)
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Annabeth Orton
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
I recently planned a project called 'Fancy a Pint'? to try and get people talking/meeting in my apartment block. Unfortunately the management company weren't up for it and didn't even give a reason... :( All I wanted to do was put a poster in the lobby and invite people to share their interests and leave messages for each other as a precursor to maybe meeting up. I think my mistake was in asking for permission!The project is here: http://www.glittermouse.co.uk/fancy-a-pint.html