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The Inbetween Time Festival of Live Art and Intrigue returns across the streets, sites and art spaces of Bristol from 1 Dec. Blast Theory's 2006 audio work Soft Message is included in the programme and plays on Thursday 2nd December for one session only, from 4.30pm - 5pm at the Cube Cinema. Tickets are £6 and £4.
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Sydney-based artist and producer Kate Richards is in residence from 23rd November - 20th December. Kate's core artistic research interest is in creating affective, immersive spaces. During her residency period Kate is exploring how to engage audiences in a variety of experiences and interactions.
An interview with Matt Adams about A Machine To See With which will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January 2011.
Blast Theory's Executive Producer Julianne Pierce is a member of the jury for the 2010 Sheffield Innovation Jury Award. The award is for a documentary from the Doc/Fest programme that exhibits originality in approach to form and radical manifestations in the delivery of its story.
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Julianne Pierce is a guest speaker at the Beyond Cinema: Moving Image Informatics conference on Saturday 13 November 2010. The conference will be held at Southampton Solent University and is organised in conjunction with the The Millais Gallery. With particular reference to aesthetics, critical content and the audience/participant of post-cinematic practice, this symposium aims to explore the way in which informatics impacts upon the process and content of the moving image.
For more information click here
One newly refurbished studio space is currently available for rent at the Blast Theory Building in Portslade, Brighton.
We are looking for tenants who work in similar fields to Blast Theory:
• Small companies or start up businesses working in mobile technologies or games
• Artists working with digital media
• Live Artists working in contemporary performance practice.
We are offering long-term leases of at least 12 months, but short-term leases and shared spaces may also be available.
For full details please download the pdf
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the third Do It! evening on November 18, Play It!, which revolves around the latest forms of interactive media art. During ‘Play it!’ there will be experiments with and reflections on the latest forms of interactive media art: from artistic games to internet art; from experiments with augmented reality for mobile phones to media hacking. What kind of user experiences will these media art forms produce? How do they relate to our mass-media society? What future perspectives do they offer the museum and its collection? Is gaming the new learning? Various international experts reflect on these subjects, among them are Matt Adams of Blast Theory and the New Zealand media artist, Julian Oliver.
Thursday 18th November, 2010
Auditorium, The Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam
Time: 7 pm
Entrance fee: € 5,00 (first part only) + valid entrance ticket museum
A selection of Blast Theory video and audio works are included in The International Festival of Mobile Art Vivo arte.mov from 3rd - 7th November in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Teemu Kivikangas is a cross-media artist and designer based in Helsinki, Finland working in experimental cinema, VJing, interactive installations, photography and games design.
Teemu has shown work in contemporary art festivals including PixelACHE 2003 in New York and Montreal, ISEA 2004 in Helsinki and Ars Electronica 2006 in Linz, Austria.
Teemu will be in residence at 20 Wellington Road for 8 weeks until November 12th 2010 and will be developing a new game design based on the work of outsider and visionary artists.
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Ivy has left home because Lilsis has done the dirty on her and she's no longer sure who her friends are. For a week she'll tell you **everything** but can she trust you and what will you tell her?
Ivy4Evr is an SMS drama for young people created by Blast Theory, written by Tony White author of novels including Foxy-T (Faber) and commissioned by Channel 4 Education.
The deadline for reigistration is Midnight on Saturday 9th October. Everyone who registers and verifies goes into the running to win an iPad (UK residents only).
To take part in a trial episode of Ivy4Ever in October register now at www.ivy4evr.co.uk.
Rider Spoke is being presented in the es.terni festival in Umbria, Italy from 29th September - 2nd October with English and Italian versions
To download a programme please click here.
In 2009 Blast Theory was awarded the inaugural Locative Cinema Commission by partners ZER01: The Art & Technology Network, Sundance Film Festival‘s New Frontiers Initiative and Banff New Media Institute at The Banff Centre.
A Machine To See With is a work for pedestrians and their mobile phones and puts participants inside a movie as they walk through the city. The first stage of the commission will see Blast Theory in residence at Banff in August 2010 followed by the premiere at 2010 01SJ Biennial from 16th - 19th September.
Blast Theory is supporting the Save the Arts campaign to fight against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts. The campaign is aiming to present a petition of 100,000 signatures to the Government to ensure that the issue is debated in Parliament.
A new video animation by artist David Shrigley has been released highlighting the effect of the funding cuts. Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. Jeremy Deller and Mark Wallinger will follow David Shrigley.
Click here to sign the petition.
Christian Thompson is an Australian artist, currently living and working in Oxford, United Kingdom. He is the inaugural Charles Perkins Trust Scholar and the first Indigenous Australian to be accepted into Oxford University where he is undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Fine and Art and Drawing. As a contemporary artist he has presented his photographs, videos and performance works in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Christian in residence at 20 Wellington Road until 18th September and is working on further development of an audio piece and a new body of photographic work.
Ulrike and Eamon Compliant is included in the TRUST: Media City Seoul 2010 exhibition. The work is presented in both Korean and English and runs for the first week of the exhibition from 7th - 12th September. The exhibition is curated by Sunjung Kim (Seoul based independent curator), Clara Kim (REDCAT Los Angeles), Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director and Curator of Witte de With Centre Rotterdam) and Fumihiko Sumitomo (Tokyo based independent curator).
Following on from the performance, documentation of the work will be shown until the end of the exhibition on November 17th.
TRUST: Media City Seoul 2010
AFTERLIVE is an exhibition that focusses on artists' documentation of live art practice. Blast Theory is showing video documentation of Uncle Roy All Around You and Rider Spoke.
Alongside the exhibition is a launch event, including a free daytime event by Norwich-based collective other/other/other, a panel discussion, and an evening programme of live art. Visit the website for dates details.
Curated by Holly Rumble, an Escalator Performing Arts artist, and co-founder of other/other/other.
Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict's Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG
Saturday 4th September – Saturday 30th October
10am-6pm Monday-Saturday, free entry
Following our most recent residency by Andrea Polli and her partner Chuck Varga we now have our own weather station installed and running here at 20 Wellington Road.
The station is part of Andrea's Hello Weather project and joins a network of weather stations currently active in New York, New Dehli and Zurich.
You can view the data through www.andreapolli.com/hello_weather/
New Mexico based artist Andrea Polli is in residence at 20 Wellington Road for the month of August along with her partner and collaborator Chuck Varga.
In her work, global weather and air pollution data are transformed into mesmerising video and sound installations. Many of Polli's works rely on "sonification", a process in which data is translated into sound.
Julianne Pierce will be hosting a round table discussion at the Symposium on Talent Development as part of the Edinburgh Festival on 18th and 19th August. The Symposium explores how to generate an ideal environment for artists' creativity to flourish.
Our work for Radio 3 called Soft Message will be presented as part of the Travelling Sounds Library by Forest Fringe in Edinburgh.
Dates: Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th August.
Blast Theory has joined the Centre for Digital Entertainment's Doctoral Studentship programme; offering a research post for a talented and creative programmer.
The post comprises a 3 year placement with Blast Theory to begin in October 2010 with support from the University of Bath and Bournemouth's Masters programme.
Doctoral studentships are fully-funded providing fees, a tax free stipend and dedicated funding for international conferences.
For application details go to www.digital-entertainment.org
Originally from Portugal, Teresa is currently based in Singapore where she lectures at an art College and researches on wearable, soft, and portable technologies.
During her residency at 20 Wellington Road, she will work on a new project inspired by the British summer and her time spent in windy Brighton.
Blast Theory is currently calling for applications for the 20 Wellington Road Residency Programme for 2011. 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, 2010. Further details and an application form are available here
Blast Theory artist Ju Row Farr will be on sabbatical for 6 months from 1st July to the end of 2010. During her sabbatical period, Ju will be taking a studio in Brighton to pursue her own practice as well as undertaking several courses and workshops.
We wish Ju the best of luck and look forward to seeing her in January 2011.
Blast Theory are running placements for interns at their studios with a deadline for applications twice a year. The placements are for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months.
For full details on how to apply and more information on the scheme please download the application form
Matt Adams will speak in the Digital Democracy panel as part of LIFT Talks on 24th June from 3.30-5.30pm at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London.
Our work for Radio 3 called Soft Message will be presented by Forest Fringe at the Latitude festival in Suffolk on 15-18th July as part a tour to London, Cardiff, Bristol and Glasgow.
Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace, the Network of UnCollectable Artists (NUCA) and the BigFAGPress.
For the past 8 years Diego has been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involved an online resource launched in 2006, short documentary films, various site-specific installations in the form of Self-Guided Tours and interactive games on mobile platforms.
Whilst at Blast Theory's residency Diego will research possibilities for a GPS capable botanical treasure hunt: bedaForager
Laura-Kate Jennings will be in residence at 20 Welling Road until 4th June.
Laura-Kate Jennings is an artist and researcher based in London. Beginning from the everyday her practice-based-research investigates the production of space through an interdisciplinary practice that fuses site, walking, technology and documentation.
Seeking a form for performance that challenges our relationship to space, so reclaiming it for the participant, Laura’s residency at Blast Theory will explore ‘co-authorship’ in performance as a means to challenge rather than reflect urban experience through speech.
Nick Tandavanitj will be talking about Blast Theory's work as part of an international symposium of practitioners involved in art and science collaborations. The symposium is the inaugural event of the Tsinghua Art and Science Media Lab in Beijing.
Date: June 11-12th
More information: tasml.parsons.edu/
With contributions from leading artists, academics and writers in the field, Futures and Pasts is a long weekend of live art at the ICA exploring the diverse pasts and possible futures of live art and performance. Curated by writer, artist and performance maker Tim Etchells with the aid of artist Ant Hampton and Lois Keidan (Live Art Development Agency) this ambitious event combines marathon lecture performance with a rolling scheme of conversations, interviews and archival investigations alongside speculation as to the future of this vigorous and vital area of contemporary art practice.
For more information and full programme of events click here.
Blast Theory is pleased to invite you to an Artist Talk by the current Artist in Residence at 20 Wellington Road - Natasha Davis.
Thursday 27th May, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm at Blast Theory's studios 20 Wellington Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1DN.
Matt Adams will lead a workshop session entitled Tentative Process, Tacit Knowledge as part of Explorationen 10 at PACT Zollverein in Essen on 11th June.
Matt Adams will give a workshop and a lecture at the Video/Dance Festival in Jerusalem on May 25th
Natasha Davis will be in residence at 20 Wellington Road until May 28th.
Natasha’s solo practice, most recently her solo shows Rupture and Asphyxia, are interdisciplinary, process-led and based around rigorous investigation through research & interpretation of personal histories that tap into universal values & issues. She is interested in the liminal. Her work revolves around the body in its physicality and as a cultural signifier, memory, migration and identity.
During her residency, Natasha will begin to work on her third solo performance Suspended.
Blast Theory is pleased to invite you to an Artist Talk by the current Artist in Residence at 20 Wellington Road - Joseph Young.
Friday 30th April, 6.30-8.30pm at Blast Theory's studios 20 Wellington Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1DN.
"In this latest piece of research, I will work solo, using field recordings from Portslade, found objects on the street and text, to present a short binaural location performance for an audience of 8 people at a time. I am interested in the theatricality of the binaural medium, whereby the listener is immersed in a 3D soundscape. To create the illusion of an aural stage, I will be using the “dummy head” technique.&quo
29April 2010 -Google, 2nd Floor, Chaussee d'Etterbeek 180,1000 Brussels,Belgium
Digital Media, interactivity and identity - A debate withJuRow FarrandRob van Kranenburg
This second event of the Untitled initiative gathers two notorious guests who both explore the effects of technologies on societies and interactivity through artistic “experiments” and theoretical investigations.
More information here
Julianne Pierce will discuss Blast Theory's partnerships with HIgher Education at Creative Industries: Collaborating for Innovation organised by SE Media Network on 27th April in Portsmouth.
Joseph Young will be in residence at 20 Wellington Road for a week developing a binaural locative performance work.
Founded by Joseph Young in 2007 and inspired by the Milan Futurists and the poetics of the Dada movement, The NeoFuturist Collective is of a group of artists who have come together to celebrate urban noise in all its’ visual and aural forms.
'You Get Me' is a nominee in the NetArt category of the 14th Annual Webby Awards.
What does the Digital Economy Act mean for the digital, creative and cultural sectors?
Wired Sussex and Lighthouse are teaming up to stage a quick response event reacting to the controversial Digital Economy Act, which the Government passed into Law this April.
Matt Adams will be on a panel of speakers including Anthony Lilley (OBE) - chief executive of Magic Lantern, Jeremy Keith - musician & director at Clearleft, James McCarthy - director The Werks and Nik Butler - social networker and opinioneer.
Thursday 29th April at Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton.
Admission is free but registration is required.
Matt Adams will be presenting a talk on the work of Blast Theory as part of Glug Brighton on Friday 23rd April. To register interest and find out more information click on the link below.
Julianne Pierce will discuss Blast Theory's work at Campfire on 15th April. A monthly informal London-based event organised by the collaborative network ditto.
Monika Codourey is a Zurich based architect who thinks beyond designing spatial forms and explores how digital media can contribute to shaping social processes in urban environment. Currently she is a Ph.D. Research Fellow at Z-Node of the Planetary Collegium (University of Plymouth, UK) and Institute of Cultural Studies (Zurich University of Arts, CH). In her dissertation she investigates how airport territory can be seen as a hybrid social space.
She will be in residence for three weeks, developing "PAXMAN 2.0" - an artistic project for the public space of the airport itself which aims to change presumed behavioural patterns of "constant travellers".
For more about her works visit:
In the final of Artsadmin's weekenders, Ju Row-Farr of Blast Theory will look at developing performance ideas using low-tech / quick paper-based methods for moving ideas on quickly, as well as exploring the surrounding context as site for ideas and strategies for placing the audience at the centre of the work.
For more information click here.
Matt Adams is included in the newly announced WIRED survey of Britain's top digital power-brokers at number 81 of 100.
Matt Adams is mentoring PVI on their new work Transumer for this year's Biennale of Sydney.
Our work for Radio 3 called Soft Message will be presented by Forest Fringe at the Battersea Arts Centre in London on 2-3rd April before a tour to Cardiff, Bristol and Glasgow.
Blast Theory is pleased to invite you to an Artist Talk by the current Artist in Residence at 20 Wellington Road - Ben Eaton.
Wednesday 24th March, 6.30-8pm at Blast Theory's studios 20 Wellington Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1DN.
Ben Eaton will talk about playing the 'real', the mechanic as the message, and games as agents of change, he will show some video, play some games, and talk about what he's been thinking during his residency at Blast Theory.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Blast Theory is a partner with The Centre for Digital Entertainment (University of Bath and Bournemouth University) to support a doctoral placement.
The CDE has 10 Doctoral Studentships on offer in Digital Entertainment to research while working in a range of media organisations. The program lasts 4 years. 75% of your time will be based in a company working and doing research on real projects. If successful you will receive your tuition fees, a tax free annual stipend and a laptop.
Applications are made directly to the CDE and deadline is 19th March 2010.
For further details visit www.digital-entertainment.org
Dr Jonathan Foster at the University of Sheffield is starting a research project on archiving interactive performances using Rider Spoke as a case study.
For more details check:
As part of Blank’s mini Festival of Creative Learning, Pecha Kucha Night Brighton 'The Spirit of the Stairs' curated by Blank and Blast Theory will take place at 20 Wellington Road: 10 people, 10 presentations, 20 slides, 6 minutes 40 seconds each.
Friday March 12 from 7:30 pm – 11:00pm at Blast Theory, 20 Wellington Rd, Portslade.
Admission £3 at the door. Spaces are limited so please arrive early to secure entry.
Ben works with computers, video, and performance to make interactive work and experiences. Recently he has been thinking a lot about board games and mysteries, during his time at Blast Theory he will be developing a new secret project.
His website is www.beneaton.org.uk
Matt Adams will be discussing the work of Blast Theory at Connected - a showcase of cutting edge participative and interactive performing arts work.
Presented by the British Council as part of TPAM (Tokyo Performing Arts Market) from 1-4 March.
We are very pleased to announce that Ulrike and Eamon Compliant has won the Best Real World Game at the 2010 International Mobile Gaming Awards, announced at the awards ceremony in Barcelona on 15th February.
A new work 'The Goody Bullet' will premiere at V&A Friday Late on 26th February from 18:30-22:00 as part of the Decode: Digital Design Sensations exhibition.
Sheila is a London based interdisciplinary artist that makes performance, film and Live Art work. As well as working solo Sheila also works collaboratively and is a core member of Pacitti Company and a Blast Theory Associate Artist.
Whilst in residence Sheila will be re-visiting "Sugar Sugar White" (one of her most recent works) prior to showing it at the National Review of Live Art in March. She will also be spending some time developing ideas for a new commission opportunity. To read more about Sheila's practice visit www.sheilaghelani.co.uk
Bogdan Spanjevic and Mirko Stojkovic from ApsArt, The Center for Theater Research in Belgrade are in residence to develop their pervasive game “House of Mirrors”, the first pervasive game in Serbia.
ApsArt's purpose is to use theatre as a tool for personal development and social change and has worked in Belgrade's maximum security central prison on a project titled “Wizards of O.Z.” (O.Z. is abbreviation for “Okruzni zatvor” i.e. County Prison) winning the regional award for social change – “Erste Social Integration Award 2009”
For more details about their work please visit their website www.apsart.org
Executive Producer Julianne Pierce will give a lecture on Blast Theory to MA students in Interactive Media: Crictical Theory & Practice, Wednesday 28th January at Goldsmiths, London.
We are very pleased to announce that Ulrike and Eamon Compliant has been nominated for the Best Real World Game at this years International Mobile Gaming Awards.
For full detals about the awards please visit their website.
Blast Theory have joined the 10:10 campaign; committing to reduce carbon emissions by 10% over the next 12 months.
Learn more about taking part here:
Blast Theory are running placements for interns at their studios with a deadline for applications twice a year. The placements are for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months.
We are particulalrly looking for someone to work on an exciting new project for Channel 4 aimed at teenagers, ideal candidates will have some experience of marketing and audience development.
For full details on how to apply and more information on the scheme please download the application form here.
The Guardian's PDA Blog has an overview of Augmented Reality and credits Rider Spoke as a pioneering work.