Introduction by Evan Soule, interview by Jess Coulson.
This week Islington Mill are taking over MUKA and showcasing some of the mill's best and newest residents. Jess Coulson approached these residents with a selection of questions and today we have an introduction to IMPATV.
Can you describe yourselves and your work?
We are Jamie Robinson and Isadora Darke; and the co-collaborators of IMPATV. Our work consists of visuals, projection mapping, short films, music videos, video installations, teaching workshops and recently we've made a documentary about the 5th floor of Islington Mill. The IMPATV aesthetic evolves from the interplay of obsolete video equipment and newer technology.
You are the latest people to make film in the building, can you tell us about that project?
We've been working on 2 new videos simultaneously filmed at the Mill.
One video is for Supersonic festival's online programme for International Womxn's Day, created for Mill residents Godspeed You! Peter Andre ft Beau Azra. The track is a cover of PONYBOY and is a homage to the original artist SOPHIE. We were influenced by the slick gloss aesthetic and colour palette of the original video, and it features a lot of lipsync from Islington Mill's Queer community.
The video will be premiering on the 13th March alongside some other incredible artists. https://supersonicfestival.com/2021/02/19/international-womens-day-2021-line-up-announced/
The other video is the latest release for Working Men's Club, a track called 'X', and a collaboration with visual artists Steve Hockett and Nick Delap. We shot the video in the defunct industrial fridge in Unit 2, just behind the Mill, where we created a 10ft projected video feedback loop that transforms as the artist performs. We've worked with WMC loads over lockdown, live streaming with them and creating new visuals, it's great to work on a video for a release.
What is your relationship to Islington Mill?
Isadora - Islington Mill has been my home for six years after moving to Salford from London, I used to manage the club space at the Mill for Fat Out, I ran the B&B, and have generally put my sticky fingers into many Mill pies.
Jamie - I've been involved with the Mill for quite some time, and been living there for about 8 years. I first visited in around 2007 for gigs, I'd never been to a place like it. Over the years I've been involved in lots of different things there, mostly providing visuals for gigs and events, as well as putting on a few of my own. I started Islington Mill Pot Luck film Nights a few years ago, where we'd all get together for some food and then watch more often than not a ridiculous movie. I think the Gesamtkunstwerk nights were some of the best I've been involved in, and attended all round. We made the club totally different every time with visuals, physical materials and lots and lots of smoke. They were such intense nights, I really miss that club.
Has the lockdown impacted on the work you've been creating?
We originally had a bunch of projects that we were working towards that have all been scrapped, leaving us a little unsure of how to move forward. However, we've been busy providing streaming for festivals and bands as everyone's trying to figure out how to create digital content for online events.
Have there been any positive sides to lockdown for you that you would like to share? (Feel free to say no)
We gutted and renovated a house that we probably never would have got round to doing if it wasn't for lockdown.
When it's safe and legal to have events and exhibitions, what do you want to see?
GIGS. Live music has been the thing we've missed the most. We have been lucky to live stream performances that have been great, but it's still not the same experience without the audience. We miss sweaty bodies.
Whose work are you really enjoying right now?
John Powell-Jones, Daniel Pickles and James Unsworth are all local heroes. And Bristol's Avon Terror Corps.