7pm - 8pm Tonight
Blast Theory Studio, Portslade
Ben is a Minneapolis based media artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, performance, and software / hardware development. Find out more about his work here.
He will be talking us through some previous projects and introducing the work he has been doing during his residency at Blast Theory. There may also be an opportunity to take part in a demonstration on the beach afterwards.
Ju worked with an army of volunteers to drag a 30 tonne fishing trawler out of the sea and into a resting place in central Nagoya for The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life.
A boy on the deck of the trawler broadcasted to the surrounding streets with a megaphone. He described the disasters over the last one hundred years that he has witnessed.
Inspired by the theme of the Triennale of Awakening and a research trip to the tsunami ravaged region of Sendai, the work explores how ordinary men and women spring into action in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Read Ju's blog to find out more as the final stages of the project are revealed.
We would like to invite you along on 15th July at 10am, to be involved in a very special part of our project The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life.
As part of the Aichi Trienalle and with the help of volunteers, we have pulled a fishing trawler out of the water in Toyohama.
It's less than a week to go until the next stage of the project, where the 20-30 tonne boat will be moved through the city at night and we need your help.
Monday July 15th 10am – 11am.
Location : the park near Wakamiya Odori crossing, Nagoya.
We are filming the whole process of moving the fishing boat from Toyohama to Nagoya and at 10am on Monday we will all push the boat into its’ final position. There, a boy will climb onto the deck of the boat and tell his story to everyone who has gathered.
Find out more and follow Ju's updates here as the project unfolds.
Last summer Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj led two summer schools at The Performance Centre at Falmouth University and we are very pleased to have been invited back again this year.
Between Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th July, associate artists John Hunter and Paul Dungworth will lead a 3 day summer school exploring how technology can be used to create site specific, participatory performances and interactive art. Nick Tandavanitj will be delivering a key note speech at the culmination of the summer schools on Saturday 27th July.
The Street Summer School is open to all professional practitioners working in the field of performance. Full details of how to take part can be found on The Performance Centre's website.
You can watch a short film about last year's summer schools here.
We are pleased to welcome our new Resident Artist, Ben Moren to Wellington Road.
Ben is a Minneapolis based media artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, performance, and software / hardware development. He is working on projects that investigate the gaps between our increasingly digital existence and the unmediated natural world. He has created mobile locative cinema and mixed reality projects for the Northern Spark Festival: Nuit Blanche Twin Cities in Minnesota, USA and Kulturpark in Berlin, Germany.
His residency will focus on the creation of a new mobile device app and corresponding project that combines media with public and gathered location data to facilitate the rapid development of mixed reality experiences.
You can read more about Ben's work on his website here.
Yesterday over 40 people worked together to move the 20-30 tonne boat out of the water by hand and winch for The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life at the Aichi Triennale.
Find out more on Ju's blog and keep an eye on our Twitter for updates. Ju will be sharing more photos, videos and other documentation as the project unfolds.
The Blast Theory volunteer programme is an opportunity for recent graduates and those embarking on a career in the arts to have first-hand experience of working with an artists company.
Our programme covers a wide range of activity including office administration, project management, database management, touring, archiving, marketing and publicity. At times you will also be required to assist the artists on creative project development and realisation.
The placements are for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. A small daily stipend is paid to cover travel and other expenses. Deadline for applications is July 31st 2013.
For full details on how to please download the document here.
Ju has landed in Japan to begin the next phase of work on our new project The Thing I'll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life.
Ju will be regularly blogging during the next few weeks and you can read them all here.
We're very pleased to be presenting Rider Spoke as part of Juliana's Bike, a festival in Leeds created by East Street Arts which is taking place over July and August.
We're showing Rider Spoke on the 6th and 7th July between 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are free but prior booking is essential.
Location:East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, Mabgate, Leeds, LS9 7EH
Booking:Eventbrite booking page
More details are on the Juliana's Bike website here.
Blast Theory is currently calling for applications for the 20 Wellington Road Residency Programme for 2014. Expressions of interest are invited from individuals working in the following fields:
- Pervasive & location based gaming & interactive media
- Mobile & portable devices in cultural & artistic practice
- Games design and theory
- Interdisciplinary and live art practice
The deadline for applications is July 31, 2013. Further details and an application form are available here.
Our partners at Times Up in Austria have compiled an excellent book documenting the outcomes of the Physical and Alternative Realities (PARN) project. You can order copies of the book directly from Times Up.
We worked with Times Up (Austria), FoAM (Brussels) and Lighthouse (Brighton) over the course of two years on the project which was made possible with the support of the Culture Programme (2007-2013) of the European Union.
Full details of the project can also be found on the PARN website.
We're thrilled to announce that I'd Hide You will be showing at Sheffield Doc/Fest this Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June.
I'd Hide You is an online game of stealth and cunning like no other.
Jump onboard with a team of runners live from the streets of Sheffield as they roam the city trying to film each other. See the world through their eyes as they stream video: ducking and diving, chatting to bystanders, taking you down the back alleys to their secret hiding places. And play against your friends online at the same time. Use your wits to choose which runner to ride with. Get a snap of another runner onscreen without getting snapped.
Commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England, this presentation of I'd Hide You during Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 is part of Digital Art2 a groundbreaking research project undertaken by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Blast Theory, Sheffield Hallam University and EE and funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Play online from 14th - 15th June at www.idhideyou.com
8pm – 11pm UK time
3pm – 6pm US Eastern time
Noon – 3pm US Pacific time
5am – 8am Australian Eastern Standard time
Or follow on Twitter: @blasttheory
Following the success of our fantastic sessions in Brighton, Faversham and Oxford, we have invited participants to the Blast Theory studios for one final event.
The event will offer further support to the development of digital projects, and will be focused on sessions around technical development and effective social media campaigning.
Martin Flintham, one of the Transitional Fellows in Computer Science in Horizon at the University of Nottingham, will lead a seminar on technical development - from concept to completion.
Abhay Adhikari, digital engagement specialist for the cultural and creative industries, will be leading a seminar on how to create engaging and effective social media campaigns.
More information on the Digital Ideas Camp scheme can be found here. An online report on the sessions will be available soon.
Harvey is a recent graduate from Brighton University where he has been studying illustration. He will be working with us over the Summer months.
We are about to drop him into the deep end as we work towards a presentation of I'd Hide You at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
You can see some of his animation work online here.
Lucy Frears – loc0motion – is a practice-based PhD research student based in the Academy of Innovation & Research (AIR) at Falmouth University and runs two networks for those making or interested in locative & interactive work. Lucy is developing apps with AppFurnace/using digital media as part of her research.
Lucy will be in residence at 20 Wellington Road during June where she will be developing a perfomative and/or gaming piece based in an old dynamite works site.
Coming soon on the Digital Voices website an update from the latest workshop of the partners in Helsinki which is happening this week on Participatory Design.
You can keep up to date with Digital Voices on the website here.
Our new permanent work for the Red Cross Museum in Geneva opens on 18th May. Over 18 months we made a touch sensitive table for up to 25 players. To play the game you must prepare your island for an imminent hurricane and save as many villagers as you can.
Matt is giving two presentations to the Performing Arts Committee of the Danish State Council about the future of digital performance. On May 16th the session is Aarhus and on the 17th it is in Copenhagen.
More information here.
We're a bit tardy with the news that Oscar has been working with us since the beginning of April, not because he hasn't made an impression, just that things have been so busy our web news has been left a little fallow.
Oscar is an illustrator but also a keen gamer so he's been mainly helping us out with the preparation for Fixing Point at Brighton Festival and also with the development of our project for Film 4.0. He will be working with us until the end of May and I am sure we'll keep him busy.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we have a special opening in our volunteer program at Blast Theory for the months of June, July and August. Applications are due before the 20th of May. Selected applicants will then be contacted for an interview.
Ideally we are seeking a volunteer for all three of those months but we can be flexible in this regard. The summer months look the be the busiest and most exciting in the Blast Theory calendar this year with many projects happening simultaneously.
If you're interested please download this document for more information.
Anagram are Amy Rose and May Abdalla. They are documentary filmmakers with experience in live location-based interactive games, media events and mobile-based cultural interventions.
At Blast they will be developing a project that combines character-led documentary storytelling with the immediate physicality of immersive theatre; documentary cinema for the body. The project explores the impact of music on the mind and body, telling stories of real people who had unique and effective musical interventions for mental health issues. During their residency they will be conducting simple interactive engagement experiments that replicate elements of these stories for the audience.
Amy and May will be in residence at 20 Wellington Road until the end of May.
The Past and The Future Present
On April 30th, PARN - Physical and Alternate Reality Narratives - will be festively brought to its official end. On this day, project partners Time's Up (AT), FoAM (BE), Blast Theory (UK) and Lighthouse (UK) will draw a Notational Resume on all sorts of activities that PARN embraced over the last two years.
We warmly invite you to join us to celebrate the past and the future of our pan-European collaborations on 30 April 2013, to see some of our creations and imagine some ways forward.
Place: Linz, AT
Site: Time's Up Laboratories
PARN is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme (2007 - 2013) of the European Union.
Interactive Street Seminar hosted by The Patching Zone at Mediawerf, Rotterdam - Monday 8th April
With a talk on Narratives for mixed reality games by Matt Adams and a workshop by Matt Adams and Ju Row Farr on generating narratives. More information here.
Also on Tuesday 9th April, The Patching Zone will be hosting a Story Telling workshop as a part of Digital Voices, with workshop sessions run by Ju Row Farr. Some of the material generated will be available to see on the Digital Voices website by the end of the week.
Make sure you tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 4:30pm today for the next instalment of the fantastic Digital Human.
Aleks Krotoski will be exploring the techniques old and new for engaging us, and we hear there will be a special mention of A Machine To See With too.
Nick's recorded a short film explaining our first tests for the Digital Voices project, have a look here.
John Hansard Gallery in Southampton are presenting an exhibition titled Performance / Audience / Film and documentation of our work Kidnap has been included alongside work by artists Oreet Ashery, Franko B, Ian Breakwell & Ron Geesin Jean Dupuy, Rachel Gomme, Dan Graham and Joshua Sofaer.
Performance / Audience / Film aims to look at the different relationships that are established between the artist and the audience within the realm of performance art, examining the role of the audience in relation to the completion and meaning of the work.
The exhibition runs from 26th March to 20th April.
More information here.
We're all very pleased to be presenting our project Fixing Point on home turf for Brighton Festival. Take a walk in Stanmer Park, let the smartphone guide you through the woods as you uncover fragments of an interview with Ann as she talks about her missing brother. Featuring a stunning electronic score by musician Chris Clark the work is both an exploration of the woodland and the recent history of Northern Ireland.
Fixing Point is currently sold out but keep an eye on the website for returns or join our mailing list to be kept informed of future dates.
Current artists in residence, trolley interactive have been working on their project Speak to Me during their time with us and they will be presenting the work in Brighton tonight.
6.30pm-7.30pm – meet outside Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, BN1 1GE
Final Speak to Me brighton performance event and video projection.
Speak To Me is a street game of make-believe like no other, but also a shared performance.
Stories are intertwined in the life of places and objects like memories attach themselves to a table in coffee shop, a spot in the park, an aging bike, a couch, a pair of boots... And the goal with our latest multimedia art piece at trolley interactive is to bring stories into space and let the place speak our memories, anecdotes, views and reflections. We call the piece Speak To Me and you can create a storyline that leads through a place in the city by both metaphorically and literally projecting yourself onto objects and places encountered in the physical urban space.
Created by: Thierry Giles, Mike Marienek, Katharine Willis
At 4:30pm GMT Matt will be hanging out on Google+ with Margaret Robertson (Hide&Seek), Nicholas Fortugno (Playmatics), Matt Locke (Storythings) and Mary Hamilton (Zombie LARP) for a @Future of StoryTelling roundtable about the evolution of participatory gaming.
You can RSVP to the hangout and post questions for the panel here.
Matt is talking at A Show & Tell Salon on Activism and Asking People To Act presented by Coney. It's at Camden People's Theatre on Sunday 10th March at 7.00pm.
We have just launched our Digital Voices project site, have a look at it here.
Digital Voices unites three European organisations Blast Theory (UK), The Patchingzone (NL) and Translocal (FI) working at the leading edge of digital and interactive media to investigate new ways of working with young people and mobile media.
Check back during the coming months for more on upcoming workshops and presentations.
Thierry Giles, Katharine Willis & Mike Marianek collaborate under the name Trolley Interactive and will be our next artists in residence at 20 Wellington Road in March.
During their residency they will be demonstrating their project Speak 2 Me and will be undertaking workshops and demonstrations during their month with us.
Trolley Interactive will be inviting particpants at the following dates and times:
6-8th March - 11am - 4pm
Workshop sessions (individual and group).
11th-15th March -11am- 2pm and 6pm to 7pm
Creating Speaktome’s projections.
The final location will be announced a few days before the events.
More detals to follow. You can read more about their work here and here.
Following the hugely successful session at the Blast Theory studios in 2012, Act Otherwise will be returning this February with a focus on Ethics. The audience is an invited group of outstanding artists and practitioners.
The focus of the sessions will be to look at the conflicts that often arise between artists work and ethical approval, the ethics of working in public space and the ethics of interactive work.
More information here.
Blast Theory will be hosting this seminar with Horizon Digital Economy Research Group.
We'd like to welcome Lesley Fosh who'll be working with us during January and February.
Lesley is an interactive designer and doctoral student from the University of Nottingham with a focus on applications in museums and galleries. She'll be working with us on mobile development for an exciting new event working with young people in 2013.
Find out more about Lesley here.
Following the success of our fantastic sessions in September and November, we will be taking our final Digital Ideas Camps to Brighton (18th January) and Faversham (25th January).
Led by experts in the digital media and arts field, the sessions will provide briefings about different funding streams, case studies of successful bids and will offer development work on some proposals brought to the sessions. Click here for full details about the events and the mentors.
Both sessions are now completely full but fear not, we will be creating a web page to offer you an insight into the learnings of the days. More information to follow.
Commission in development – Blast Theory are currently creating a new work for the AICHI TRIENNALE in Nagoya this August, quite unlike anything we’ve done before.
We will be producing work alongside some incredible contemporary artists, you can have a peak at the list here.
Have a look at our project page
We are looking for 4 talented and energetic developers to take part in a new technical internship programme in March 2013.
Two internships focus on mobile app development and two internships on web video and frontend development. You will work alongside the artists and in collaboration with other interns on the programme to prototype a new software project. You will be based at Blast Theory’s studio in Brighton and be supported by a stipend of £300 per week.
Best of all, this could lead to future work with us at Blast Theory (hurrah)!
For full details on the programme and how to apply please download the document here.
Deadline for applications: 28/01/2013
We are pleased to welcome our new volunteer to the fold, Sarah Julia Clark is a British illustrator, recently graduating from University of Brighton, UK with First Class Honours degree in BA Hons Illustration.
She draws inspiration from the feminist revolution and a lot of her work promotes positive feminist messages, commenting on the representation of women in the media today. She also has a passion for screen printing and sells a line of products sold throughout the UK. You can view her work on her website here.
Sarah will be with us until the end of March.