Sheer, unadulterated joy.

Have some, at Arthouses, on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2013, 6-9pm, 47 Victoria Avenue, Whitley Bay.

Bounce is presented as part of Arthouses.

Special thanks to Tracey Tofield, Bernadette Hobby, Julie and Dave.



Project Report

I shot the footage for 'Bounce' over a year: September 2011 to September 2012, so Arthouses was a great opportunity to edit and present the piece for the first time.

The space available was interesting too. And the owners of the property, Julie and David, were lovely: welcoming, helpful, interested.

Having spent the day installing the work, on Saturday evening around 70 people viewed the work, with 18 'signing-up' for a bounce on the trampoline.

The event started at 6pm and finished around 9pm.

The scale of the monitor was pretty much perfect. I was also really pleased with the audio-playback quality, though suspect it was perhaps just a little louder than the real sound of the trampoline.

Sunday was busier, with 130 people viewing the work (again, between 6 and 9pm). 17 people viewed the video from the trampoline.

The sky was a little more overcast, so the video was easier to watch earlier in the evening.

The sign was part of Tracey Tofield's work, across all venues.

This is one of my favourite sequences, at the end of the video.

I recently asked artists Tracey Tofield, Neill Sheasby and Bernadette Hobby if they would like to "...offer a few reflections on the work – anything you like really (the ideas, how it was presented, how you experienced it, etc)".

Neill offered: "I liked the trampoline thing - you could join in with it and it was fun, but I did jump too high and hurt my back (a little bit)."

Tracey offered: "I thought Bounce was one of the most challenging and stimulating pieces of time and site specific work in the Arthouses programme. Rob negotiated with the householders/co-curators very professionally to site the work. Everything was fully documented and evaluated. ...visitors told me they really liked and enjoyed the work! All ages and people 'got' the fact that the work was witty, true and engaging. The fact that the trampoline was there, that they could experience it embedded the idea into the mind/body. Experiential piece."

Bernadette offered: "An obtrusive feature popular in small British gardens, the trampoline is often observed standing empty. To view Rob Laycock's video you have to take your shoes off and climb in. As a plaything there's a sense that this would be most fun as a group activity for noisy, extrovert, physical play rather than as a self-conscious solitary pursuit. The video of the boy bouncing engages you in a similar way as the X-box or Wii, creating an illusion of participation that makes it irresistible to join in. This is a piece that stimulates a wholly physical response and a sense of animated childlike exhilaration."


Project Budget Summary

1. Garden lights, supplier B&Q: £38.22
2. Garden lights, supplier Gosforth Garden Centre: £36.98
3. Thank You cards for property owners and event organisers, supplier Moonpig: £9.57

Total Cost: £84.77


Project Delivery Time Spent

Wednesday 28th August 2013, meet with event organiser Tracey Tofield: 1 hour
Friday 30th August 2013, editing: 2.75 hours
Friday 30th August 2013, creating web page: 1.5 hours
Friday 30th August 2013, preparing for presentation: 1.5 hours
Saturday 31st August 2013, installation: 5 hours
Saturday 31st August 2013, collect lighting: 2 hours
Saturday 31st August 2013, invigilate work: 4 hours
Sunday 1st September 2013, invigilate work: 3.5 hours
Monday 2nd September 2013, dismantle work: 1.5 hours
Wednesday 4th September 2013, make Thank You cards: 0.75 hours

Total Time Spent: 23.5 hours (3 days and 1 hour)

Analysis of time spent:
Editing: 2.75 hours = 12%
Planning and preparation: 11.75 hours (1 day, 3 hours and 30 minutes) = 50%
Presentation: 7.5 (1 day) = 32%
Dismantle: 1.5 hours = 6%



1. I was really pleased with how the work presented in the space. To an extent at least, there was a bit of luck with this; it was fortunate that the monitor available to use fit perfectly into the available window space; it was fortunate that the trampoline fit into the garden space. I do, however, fundamentally enjoy these challenges, as they are integral to showing work in non-gallery spaces. And, over time, this sensitivity becomes increasingly refined.

2. As mentioned earlier in this report, I was particularly pleased with the audio-playback quality. The distinction between real and recorded audio was blurred. I think the audio also drew people into viewing the work.

3. Of course, audience interaction with the work was a highlight (once they had signed the disclaimer!) I was pleased as many adults as children participated. One particular highlight was an older lady who declared that this was her first time on a trampoline! Whilst a little nerve-wracking to watch, it was interesting that she chose this moment in her life to have a first go.

4. The warmth and generosity of the property owners was incredible, and made invigilating the work over two evenings a real pleasure.

5. This is the second time I have participated in Arthouses, and, again, found it an enjoyable, rewarding and developmental experience. I like the way Tracey and Bernie approach organising the event, making for a relaxed and enjoyable experience (for me, at least!) And there is always so much too see (particularly video work). My only regret is not having more time to view other work, as I was so busy making sure no one injured themselves on 'Bounce'!