Holotronica were pleased to do the projection installations for this fantastic project from Compass Presents, showing their achive film Oracles in Sepia as well as a live remix of the content with DJ Cheeba.

The installation involved projection mapping two screens in a shop front window in Bristol for which we used our Epson EV-115 projector. It allows content to be played from an installed SD card and has built in on/off scheduling options which allow the event to be screened at specific times during the week with very little maintenance.

 From the 22nd to the 25th of March, Bristolians were treated to a free nightly film screening and a live video editing performance by local artist DJ Cheeba in Old Market as part of Bristol City Council’s ‘Welcome Back Fund’ and ‘Film 2021’, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Back in 2020, at the start of the pandemic, Bristol based expanded cinema curators Compass Presents created a short film composed entirely of archive footage. The film, entitled ‘Oracles In Sepia’, seeked to explore the moment of loss, connection, and protest that we found ourselves in during that time. Compass Presents Director Charlie Harman spoke of her initial surprise when searching the archives for footage. 

“When we started exploring the clips within the archive, initially we were surprised at how much of the imagery reminded us of the time we were living in despite it feeling so alien and unprecedented. Whether that was clips of people vigorously washing their hands, or queuing at a supermarket or wearing masks… At the time it was oddly comforting to see those familiar scenes.” 

Oracles in Sepia was launched online for free in October 2020. Now, two years on, it is available to watch for free again, this time in a communal and public setting. As part of a series of events to re-engage Bristol with its high streets, ‘Oracles in Sepia’ will be screening on repeat in the shop window of Glitch Studio on Old Market Street for 3 nights from Tuesday 22nd March to Thursday 24th 2022, from 19.00 to 22.00. 

In addition to the film screening, Bristol based visual artist DJ Cheeba also took to the shop window on Friday 25th March to deliver a special live ‘VJ’ performance. Taking the original archive clips used in the film, as well as local footage of protests and celebrations in Bristol, DJ Cheeba remixed these images live alongside an electronic live set for passers by to enjoy.

“I am thrilled to be working with Compass Presents again and to be given access to these archives for live remixing.” – DJ Cheeba.

Remixing The Archives is supported by the ‘Welcome Back’ Fund and Bristol UNESCO City of Film in partnership with Bristol Ideas as part of Film 2021, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.”