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Introducing our new Guest Blogger – The Joy Of Box

A warm welcome to ‘The Joy of Box’ who will be joining us as guest blogger for the next week, with a follow on by fellow Origamibiro member Tom Hill. As is customary, we asked Jim 10 questions to get to know him a little bit better.

Who are you ?
My name is Jim Boxall a.k.a. The Joy of Box and I keep referring to myself as a ‘video artist’ or somewhere between artist, performer and VJ. I specialise in audio-visual performance which means I like to create and manipulate visual material live alongside musicians and artists. Currently my main creative output is my involvement with av collective Origamibiro. We currently reside at The BiroBox Workshops at FLUK studios near Nottingham train station although we are going to have to move pretty darn soon.

Since beginning to work with video over 15 years ago I have been addressing the inherently anomalous process and practice of live audio-visual performance: how it works, how it is interpreted, how it is misunderstood, how it doesn’t work, where to start, where to stop.

What brought you to Nottingham?
I came here to study fine art at Nottingham Trent University back in 1993

What keeps you in Nottingham?
I work in the fine art dept at Nottingham Trent University- perhaps I studied a little too closely…

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?
It seems as though not many people are mad/stupid enough to keep doing what I do so there doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of people taking my particular approach to my work. Live av can be very time consuming to develop and prep, expensive to equip, the last thing to be considered for most live gigs and venues and is usually pretty badly paid. To make things more difficult I now tend to take an involved position on creating and performing live visuals which means working from the stage instead of next to the sound guy at the back of the room. I guess that means that I’m not particularly into doing things that make it easy for myself.

‘Well why do I do it then?’ you may ask. Its what I do. I keep coming back to it and I haven’t finished with it/ it hasn’t finished with me yet. If I get it right it gives me goosebumps…

Over the last 3 years I have been putting nearly all of this energy into the Origamibiro collective. My musical counterparts, Tom Hill and Andy Tytherleigh, create all of their live material from scratch with multiple instruments, found objects and loop pedals. I in turn have been working on making as much of the visual side of our live set as generative as possible, so that I’m not just trapped behind a laptop screen. We want our audience to become involved in what we do live and to feel like they can claim a piece of it for themselves (although they can’t take it home with them). As a result, I’m incorporating more and more gadgets and contraptions into our set, including a beautiful 100 year old portable typewriter, video microscope, specially designed mutascopes all the way from the USA and a bespoke made video gun (the last two are still in production). We also collaborate with other artists including illustrator Gemma Latimer, painter and moving image artist Jonathan Gillie, and poet Jo Boxall (who also happens to be my sister). We are also hoping to collaborate with artist Emma Cocker on some text and diagrammatic pieces which I hope will be included in our live performances later in the year.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Origamibiro encapsulates exactly where I want to be creatively right now so I hope to be doing more of that- maybe with actual real production budgets- developing new ideas and getting them out into the world. And me with it.

What do you wish you had more time for?
My son, my partner, my creative work, sleep, leisure time, family, learning things, getting a piano, reading. Stuff like that.

What keeps you awake at night?
My son. Half formed ideas.

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?
Er Origamibiro.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?
The sea. I really miss it sometimes.

What Big thing are you currently working on?

There will hopefully be a new Origamibiro album out in July with some remixes coming out a little before. We are sorting out some warm up gigs starting in Birmingham in March which means that we need to get our live set into shape sharpish! I’m also looking into making a music promo for a new electronica label so I need to get that ball rolling too…so many balls- perhaps I need more air.Website: