Welcome to the World of Serious Games

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– A guest blog by Caleb Lewis

It starts with a text message.

Pushing Boundaries and Transforming Spaces through Play

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– A guest blog by Sofia Romualdo

As a former art curator turned PhD researcher, who studies the use of videogames and gameful design as interpretation and engagement tools in museums, one of my main interests is play.

‘We saw fascists as the poison and ourselves as the antidote’

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Entering an underpass

The thought of seeing a production with audience participation – my participation – would have been bad enough, but the word “immersive” really set me on edge.

Through a wall

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– a guest blog by Alinah Azadeh

For many years I have made work – installations, sculptures, performances –  which have been sparked by my own personal narratives  – as a bridge for the public to bring their own stories to the work, through objects or texts and latterly, by performing them with me.

Another person’s shoes

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– a guest blog by Sarah-Jayne Butler, cast member for Operation Black Antler 
As an actor a huge draw to this project was the opportunity to work collaboratively, creating a piece of work that seeks to challenge and question our own perceptions and understanding rather than to offer answers.

Everybody Is Perfect

By Nick Tandavanitj

Here’s a few images from my whirlwind introduction to Indonesia courtesy of the British Council.

Prematurely Stunned

By Ju Row Farr

Tomorrow I am going for 10 days to the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent in the world, according to Wikipedia, I am going to Africa.

Why we are making Operation Black Antler

By Matt Adams

We have just launched our next project, Operation Black Antler – an immersive theatre work in which members of the public are invited to go undercover at a protest meeting.

Blast Theory 25 Years

By Ju Row Farr

 

Blast Theory will be exactly 25 on the 10th April this year.

How to make your own tools

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– a guest blog by Rachel Henson

I like finding ways through an unfamiliar place.

A little bit about workshops

By Ju Row Farr
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We run workshops and smaller projects quite a lot and I think they sometimes go unnoticed amongst Blast Theory’s bigger projects.

Operatic Tradition vs. an approach toward an “Interactive Music Theatre”

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– a guest blog by Thanos Polymeneas Liontris

This short text is a reflection on contemporary approaches to Music Theatre.

The First Team meeting in Brazil

By Ju Row Farr

Last night I met the team, a wonderful group of people on this independent Mesa, who have signed up to go on a journey into the unknown with Blast Theory with me at the helm.

Off To Change The Entire World – Starting in Sao Paulo

By Ju Row Farr

OK, so this is going to be more than just a workshop, let me explain a little.

Guest blog from resident artist Katie-Dale Everett

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Behind the scenes photo from the Digital Tattoo shoot, image courtesy of the artist. Image by RULER

It has been proposed that our digital information will last longer than we will ourselves in the flesh.

A Room of One’s Own..

By Guest Blogger
A model of an elephant on a window sill

It’s all about processes for me this month – I’ve just finished a months unexpected studio residency here at Blast Theory.

Cables, connectivity and Toronto.

By Ju Row Farr
Cast and crew of My One Demand

My One Demand may be our most ambitious project to date – I feel like I’ve said this before, but this is certainly pushing all of our boats way out.

Matt Adams on psychological profiling in Karen

By Kirsty Jennings
Artist Nick and Researcher Dr Kelly Page

Our latest work Karen is an app that uses psychological profiling techniques to adapt the story to you.

Matt Adams explains how Karen uses interactivity

By Kirsty Jennings

Our latest work Karen is a mixture of game play and storytelling.

Crowdfunding – A Guide by Blast Theory

By Kirsty Jennings

In October 2014 we ran a crowdfunding campaign to fund the minimum amount of development time needed to deliver our new artistic app Karen.

Operation Black Antler: collaborative project in development

By Matt Adams
Blast Theory and Hydrocracker planning in a top secret location

 

In 2012 we began collaborating with fellow Brighton based company Hydrocracker.

Playing Dead

By Guest Blogger
Film still from Auditorium. Image courtesy of the artist.

One of the romances of writing is in the simplicity of tools required.

One Year On – A Force Of Nature, By Force Of Will Power – The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life

By Ju Row Farr
The Thing I'll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life, photo credit YAMAGUCHI Takayuki

A year ago Matt began editing the footage from Nagoya, of the trawler being moved onto the land, through the night and across the park – 5 days to edit, then straight back to Japan on the 5th of August, to install onto 40 tablets in Japanese and English, train invigilators, meet press, thank everyone involved and open to the public on 10th August 2013.

Krautrock R&D

By Matt Adams
Blast Theory artist Matt working on a video projection project.

Last week we spent five days doing research and development on a new project.

The Gift by Marcel Mauss

By Ju Row Farr

I am reading The Gift (Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Society) by Marcel Mauss at the moment, ongoing research for a yet undefined project and just wanted to share a quote from the introduction section.

Reflection on my time at Blast Theory’s residency studio

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In April and May this year I was lucky enough to once more be one of Blast Theory’s artists in residence.

We Whisper In Your Ear A Great Secret. 100th Anniversary of BLAST.

By Guest Blogger

Blast Theory are currently here at Cambridge Junction as we open Rider Spoke tonight, as part of the city’s Velo Festival, celebrating the Tour de France coming to Cambridge on Monday.

Long Live the Vortex! 100th Anniversary of BLAST

By Guest Blogger
Selected quotes from BLAST Publication.

On July 2nd 1914 BLAST, Wyndham Lewis’s Vorticist’s literary magazine, was first published.

From the bunker. .(hello hello)

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Still from a film by Becky Edmunds

Sometimes it’s good to go to a place where there are few distractions.

Assuming you’re not delusional. . .

By Matt Adams
One of our source's of inspiration.

We’ve just had Nina Reynolds and Kelly Page here for two days.

Cash money

By Matt Adams

This is an open letter in response to blogs by Bryony Kimmings and Andy Field about money.

Trip to Buffalo

By Ju Row Farr
Participants at workshop at University at Buffalo in September 2013

So we’ve been in Buffalo at University at Buffalo for about a week working with a fantastic and smart group of people in media studies, visual studies and theatre studies courtesy of the lovely Mark Shepard and Sarah Bay-Cheng.

Fixing Point at Brighton Festival

By Ju Row Farr
A metal fixing point

Fixing Point is sold out at this years’ Brighton Festival already, which is amazing, and so I wanted to let you know a few things about the work before I go into lock down mode.

Reality film

By Matt Adams
Film still form Alan Clarke's film Elephant

Today I’ve been watching some of Alan Clarke’s amazing films about Northern Ireland.

Disaster utopia

By Matt Adams
Daisuke Oono

The next day I did an interview with Daisuke Oono, a journalist with NHK who is from the Sendai area.

To Kesennuma: ships out of place and fishermen

By Matt Adams
A freighter washed inland by the tsunami

Up at 5am today to head north by car.

Trip to Sendai

By Matt Adams
A freighter pushed inland by the tsunami

Some days make me realise all over again what a privilege it is to be an artist.

Thinking about behavioural profiling

By Matt Adams

Today, I’m working on a new project for National Theatre Wales.