nauseating display of self aggrandisement
CV and Publicity material for Joshua Portway.
Please note that much
of this material is now very out of date, since this page hasn't been
updated much since 2000.
Hopefully I'll get around to sorting it out properly soon, in the
meantime email me if you have any
questions related to recent work.
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||Joshua's first video game
was published in 1984 and became a bestseller in Britain. Since then he
has produced work as an artist, games designer, and animator. His
interactive installation work has been exhibited in the UK, USA and
Denmark and his animation work (including videos for Peter Gabriel, MTV
and others) has been shown at festivals and on television worldwide. In
1991 he formed Flux Digital, an interactive media production company,
which he left to join RealWorld in 1995 to explore the possibilities of
interactive music. Since 1998 he has been focussing on the
development of Noodle Heaven, an authoring and publishing platform
designed to allow creative people to make interactive media in a more
fluid manner than conventional programming tools. From time to time Joshua
large scale installation projects, the most well known of which is
probably "Black Shoals" at the Tate gallery, London. Josh is currently
working on further development of the Noodle authoring tools and a
super-secret project called "Iceberg TV" which he's hoping will
(click titles for details)
A platform for interactive music. An experiment to find the
intersection between tool, game and music, the orginal Noodle program
was developed in 1996-97 and released in 1999. A multiplayer version of
Noodle (Noodle Party) followed but was never released publicly. Noodle
Heaven is designed to
Very secret at the moment.
Visual Effects Supervisor for "All the Rage", starring Jeff
Daniels, David Shwimmer and Joan Allen.
Technical consultant for the Acoustic Mirrors project
Creative consultant for ShowStudio.com
Realworld Multimedia 1996-1999
Currently directing "Noodle Heaven" (working title), a
networked environment for creating and playing interactive music.
Flux Digital 1991-1996
Designed, directed, animated and programmed several scenes for the CD
Rom "Ceremony of Innocence", including the finale.
Guest animator on "Eve" CD-rom and "Adam" DVD.
Directed "Different Drum", a documentary about world music.
Co-driected "Release" a music video for the AfroCelt Sound System.
Designed the Realworld Sound Engine.
Directed Afro-Celt enhanced CD "Release".
Designed and created stage show for Iarla O'Lionard 1998 tour.
Founder and Creative Director
Flux Digital in 1991. Flux Digital was a true multimedia
production house - working in fields from broadcast animation to
interactive entertainment to tool design and research. Some example
Chaotic Arts / Serious Parsnip 1985-1988
- Directed and animated broadcast idents, title sequences, commercials
etc. for MTV, HIT TV, British Airlines etc.
- "Lovetown" music video for Peter Gabriel, including development of
innovative motion capture and animation techniques.
- Conducted worlds first virtual reality forensics investigation, into
explosion on an oil tanker in the Gulf Sea.
- Designed and produced worlds first prototype virtual reality car
showroom for Nissan Motors.
- Designed and programmed active narrative agent engine and support
tools, used internally and licensed to other developers.
- Created 3D and 2D animation tools used internally and licensed for
other productions (eg. Jurassic Park: Lost World).
Founder (and only) member
animated, programmed "SIM" - a computer game for the BBC Micro and
Electron computers which reached no. 2 in the UK charts in 1985. Also
directed Aeon (an unfinished masterpiece, and source of much mental
pain) and consulted and produced animation for other games. Designed
and coded "WORK", a GUI programming language for the Commodore 64
Installations, Exhibitions and Commissions
SoundToys, Watershed, Bristol (TBC)
2000 SHIFT-CTRL exhibition, Beall center for Art and Technology,
University of California, Irvine, USA
2000 Sonar, exhibition Barcelona, Spain.
with Lise Autogena:
ongoing - "Channel
Communication Amplifiers" Permanent installation, Folkestone (UK)
& Sangatte (France)
2004 "Black Shoals 2"
installation, Nikolaj Gallery & Copenhagen Stock exhange,
2003 "Ping" installation, Barbican Center, London.
2001 "Black Shoals",Tate gallery,
1998 commissioned to design permanent installation for Birmingham
Hippodrome theatre, Birmingham.
1997 "Membranes" exhibition, University of East London School of
1996 permanent Installation for Danish culture center, Århus,
1995 "Relics" exhibition, Århus Musikhus, Denmark.
1997-1999 Co-Organised "The Summit" and "Big Game" conferences at the
Banff Center for the Arts with Sara Diamond
1997 Co-designed "Spin" a multimedia authoring tool, with Wm Leler and
Philip Goward of Zat inc. eventually released by Webgain inc. as
1997 (ongoing) Released freeware and shareware multimedia components
and tools including "Gepetto", "Stringmod" & (with Sam Deane)
1995-1996 with Lise Autogena, organised Neals Yard "Breathe" salons -
biweekly talks for invited guests.
Speaking and performance
"The Summit" and "Big Game" conferences in 1997 and 1998 at
the Banff center for the Arts
UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Royal College of Art, London, UK
Surrey College of Art and Design, UK
Exploding Cinema Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
Gulbenkian foundation, Italy
Banff Center for the Arts, Canada
Performing Arts Labs, UK
Speaking and performace
2000 ISEA, Paris
2000 "Right Here, Right Now", Watershed, Bristol, UK
2000 "Enter Now" Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2000 Institut für Medienforschung,Braunschweig, Germany
2000 UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
"Cartoombria" festival, Italy
1999 Atlantic Digital Media Festival, Canada
1999 JavaOne conference, USA
1999 Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands
1999 "Millia '99", Cannes
1998 "Siggraph '98", Orlando Florida
1998 "The Lounge", BskyB Television
1998 "Big Game" summit, Banff center for the Arts
1998 "Out of the Box" summit, Banff center for the Arts
1997 "Cyber Lounge", Italian television
1997 "The Hub", London
1997 "Opera Totale" festival, Venice
1997 "The Summit", Banff center for the Arts
1997 "Flesh Eating Technology", Banff center for the Arts
1997 "Digital Media World", London
1997 "New Media Storytellers" conference, Brazil
1996 "Interactive Screen" Banff center for the Arts
||1990-1991 Studied BA in
Animation at West Surrey college of Art and design (Farnham), but left
the course during the second year to form Flux Digital.
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