Rider Spoke – in redevelopment

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Listen to secrets Click here to download the Rider Spoke tour pack In 2007 we made Rider Spoke. In the work you cycle alone through the city with a smartphone on your handlebars and a voice in your ear. You answer questions – choosing the perfect place to hide your answers – and then ride… Read more »

Ramzi Maqdisi and Olivia Furber restart our residency programme

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A man stands at a train platform edge

We’re very happy to be welcoming our first residents back to Wellington Road since we were forced to shut the programme down back in March. It’s been a long wait and we’ve been through a good deal of sanitiser, but we’re ready for some company. Ramzi and Olivia will be working on developing their project… Read more »

Take part in accessibility testing

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Accessibility Testing Rider Spoke

This year we’re redeveloping one of our most celebrated works and we need your help to test out the new version. The work takes place on bikes and involves cycling whilst making recordings and listening to other people’s. We’re specifically testing the accessibility of the experience for wheelchair users and those with visual or hearing… Read more »

Karen’s back. In your app store

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Actress Claire Cage

Karen is back in the app store this month and as one of our most downloaded and played apps – over 25,000 and counting – we wanted to share some of the things we learnt in making the work. This short video from the archive gives an insight into how we tackled the technical challenges… Read more »

Virtual Museum: Gift

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museum and galleries app Gift

We’re thrilled that more museums and galleries are choosing Gift as a way of giving people the chance to experience art and culture from home. Badisches Landesmuseum in Germany is launching Gift in September as an immediate solution to the current COVID-19 restrictions on visiting public spaces:   Gift is a rapid response to the… Read more »

Test a new Blast Theory work

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Test a Blast Theory work

This year we’re redeveloping one of our most celebrated works and we need your help to test out the new version. The work takes place on bikes and involves cycling whilst making recordings and listening to other people’s. Who should apply? In testing the work, we want to involve different voices and perspectives so we… Read more »

What we’re doing: Equality Action Plan 2020-22

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In response to the Black Lives Matter movement we have reviewed our equality action plan. The plan will remain on our website and be available for scrutiny and comment. It focuses on race, socio-economic status and disability as three key areas where inequality manifests – whilst also recognising the intersection between these and other protected… Read more »

Artists Talk: ArtScience Museum, Singapore

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  This artists’ talk at ArtScience Museum, Singapore takes a look at the intersection of art, science and technology in our recent work on infectious diseases. Blast Theory artists Matt and Nick, discussed our artist residency at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, and our resulting two works; an interactive installation piece examining one… Read more »

Blast Theory takes Gold in MUSE Awards

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Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

We are truly delighted that Blast Theory has been awarded Gold in the 2020 AAM Media & Technology MUSE Awards in the category of ‘Video, Film, Animation, & Live Media Or Digital Performance’ for our work last year Spit Spreads Death: The Parade.    This was an extremely innovative use of the medium given its… Read more »

Black Lives Matter: Immediate Actions

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I hope and expect that many of my recommendations will benefit White working class men, women, boys and girls too. BAME communities face specific challenges, including discrimination in many walks of life. But some of the most marginalised BAME communities have much in common with the White working-class. A justice system that works better for… Read more »

Talk: Art, contagion and pandemics

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Spit Spreads Death, Philadelphia, 2019: An interactive parade of light and sound

Image: Spit Spreads Death, an interactive parade of light and sound. Philadelphia, 2019   On Tuesday 30 June, join us for a live, online event presented by Birkbeck’s Centre for Museum Cultures and Centre for Medical Humanities. We will be discussing our recent work on contagious diseases – from our 2018 artists’ residency at the… Read more »

Opening of Contagious!

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A Cluster of 17 Cases

We’re delighted that our work A Cluster of 17 Cases will be part of a new exhibition, opening this July, at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden in the Netherlands. Contagious! examines the history of infectious diseases and their effects on people’s lives up to today’s COVID-19. A Cluster of 17 Cases resulted from Blast Theory’s artists’… Read more »

Modual: Open Futures workshop

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Modual Open Futures 2020

We’re thrilled to be a partner in this year’s ‘Modual: Open Futures’ workshop run by University of the Arts London. This year, Modual is open to anyone interested in studying design or starting a career in design and aims to help develop initiatives which strive to make change for social good. Other partners include Glasgow… Read more »

Online exclusive: Watch the Spit Spreads Death film

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Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

This month, the full ‘Spit Spreads Death: The Parade‘ film is available to watch online for the first time, and for a limited time only. In September 2019 we paid tribute to the thousands of people who lost their lives in the 1918-19 flu pandemic. The work was made exclusively for the Spit Spreads Death… Read more »

Welcome to our first resident artist of 2020

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Image courtesy of the artist

We’re excited to welcome Samra Mayanja as our artist in residence with us from March to April 2020. Leeds based artist Samra is primarily concerned with script writing. How images and multiple histories unfold and can be imagined from scripts, that are found or created with others in collective learning spaces (like a workshop or… Read more »

Deadline extended: Become our next Business Director

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We Made Ourselves Over

We have extended the deadline to find our next Business Director to Friday 27th March,10am. We are looking for an ambitious, effective and inspiring leader to join the team at this exciting and pivotal point in the company’s history. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting a new challenge, with an inspiring outlook to… Read more »

Join the team as Blast Theory’s next Business Director

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A performer poses with the camera rig

We are looking for an effective, empathetic and inspiring leader to join the team as Business Director. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with drive and vision to support the artists in delivering work of the highest standard. You will have an ambitious outlook, with a leading role in securing new partnerships and collaboration;… Read more »

Gift hits Belgrade for #PlayUK

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Gift PlayUK Belgrade

We’re thrilled to be in Belgrade this week for the British Council’s PlayUK where our museum app Gift is open to the public at the Museum of Applied Art. The app enables you to send personalised messages and images from a collection to someone you care about and will be available to try as part… Read more »

Artist Resident: Lisa Watts

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Not a Decorator: John Hansard Gallery, 2018

Lisa Watts began her three month Blast Theory Residency in 2019. As an artist she has an eclectic practice exploring the core disciplines of performance, sculpture, photography and video. During her time at Blast Theory she’s working on a deeply personal project about reconciling the gaps that can exist in parent and child relationships, especially… Read more »

Blast Theory at Barcelona’s CCCB

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Gameplay CCCB Rider Spoke (2007)

Rider Spoke (2007) will be exhibited at Barcelona’s iconic CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) until May 2020 as part of the new #GameplayCCCB exhibition. Examining the origins and language of video games, the exhibit looks at the impact they have had on popular digital culture and on art and society. The exhibition also… Read more »

Apply Now: 2020 Blast Theory Artist Residencies

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Image courtesy of the artist

We are now inviting applications for our 2020 Residency Programme. Overview This unique Residency Programme is initiated and run by the artists in Blast Theory, Ju, Matt and Nick. It provides a studio space, accommodation, and uninterrupted time, for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive environment. With 26 years experience as… Read more »

Blast Theory mentoring for young artists

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Blast Theory tote bag

  We’re offering five young people the opportunity to be mentored by the Blast Theory artists from January 2020. The positions are available for people aged 16 to 25 living in the Brighton and Portslade area.   About the positions: Mentoring can take the form of a one-off conversation or a few sessions (up to… Read more »

Take part in a Blast Theory research project

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Nam June Paik

From pubs, canals and abandoned warehouses to libraries, museums and apps, we’ve made work in all kinds of virtual and physical spaces. Help us learn more about how these spaces influence your experience of Blast Theory’s work.     About the research: We’re looking for participants to take part in a narrative inquiry of Blast… Read more »

Parade film opens at the Mütter Museum

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Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

Spit Spreads Death Parade: over four hundred people walked to honour the thousands who died in Philadelphia’s 1918-19 flu outbreak.   This September, Spit Spreads Death: The Parade marked the first public commemoration to the 1918-19 flu pandemic anywhere in the United States. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. Those who walked… Read more »

New Blast Theory resident Christiana Kazakou

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resident christianakazakou

We are thrilled to welcome Christiana Kazakou to Blast Theory, a transdisciplinary researcher, curator and artist. During her residency, she’ll be developing ‘narrative as research’ methodologies through action, reflection, process, people and form inspired by Blast Theory’s multi-spatial practice. By taking the role of the ‘social explorer’; she navigates performative and digital citizenship through participatory… Read more »

Blast Theory receive IndieCade Trailblazer Award

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indiecade

We are incredibly honoured to have been awarded the 2019 IndieCade Trailblazer Award. This is an honorary prize given to a working creator who has made both great contributions to the field of games and captures the independent and pioneering sprit: “The Trailblazer award is for distinguished accomplishment over a career of creation, and recognises… Read more »

Blast Theory nominated for David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation Grant

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We were very honoured to be nominated for the 2019 David and Yuko Art Foundation Grant. We were nominated alongside an amazing group of artists: Ian Bourn, Clodagh Emoe, Andreas R. Kassapis, Sally O’Reilly, Katie Paterson, Zineb Sedira and Padraig Timoney. The grant was awarded to Zineb Sedira for her amazing body of work. The… Read more »

Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

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Spit Spreads Death The Parade by Blast Theory (2 of 2)

When the Liberty Loan Parade began on September 28, 1918 over 200,000 people crowded along Broad Street to cheer a line of marchers stretching over two miles. It was to become an iconic moment in the history of Philadelphia and part of the global story of the deadliest flu epidemic the world has ever seen…. Read more »

Gift at Brighton Museum this June

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Gift App Brighton Museum

We’re thrilled to announce that Gift will soon open at Brighton Museum. Following testing last year, a new version of the app will be available for free to everyone visiting the museum until October 2019. The project gives visitors the chance to create their own digital playlist from the museum collection and send it to… Read more »

Join the Blast Theory team as Artists’ Assistant

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Rider Spoke Project

A rare opportunity to join the core team here at Blast Theory. We are looking for a highly focused and motivated individual with a meticulous eye for detail. The Artists’ Assistant plays an integral part in the company, supporting the artists and team as they create interactive art works to the highest standard to engage the… Read more »

Meet our new resident

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A portrait of Nosa Eke on a tv set

  This week we are welcoming our new resident Nosa Eke, a writer/director working in traditional and interactive storytelling. Nosa attended the National Film and Television School (NFTS), and received a scholarship from the Royal Television Society and Sky while studying. At the NFTS, she finished her digital series The Grind, which went on to screen… Read more »

Intern with us

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A jeep driving through a wooded area with a film crew sitting on the back

  To find out more and apply visit the Blast Theory Internship page. Please contact [email protected] or call us on 01273 413455 if you have any questions. Application deadline: Friday 14th June 2019, 5pm

We’re looking for a new tenant to join us at 20 Wellington Road

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Evening view from the terrace at 20 Wellington Road

We will soon have a vacancy for a new studio tenant at our building in Portslade, Brighton. Designed by award winning architects Block, the building has three studio spaces, an edit suite, a communal kitchen area, storage space, a project space and a residency space. The building is a Victorian warehouse overlooking the harbour and… Read more »

Meet our first resident artist of 2019, Marina Wainer

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Marina Wainer is a multidisciplinary French-Argentinean artist based in Paris. After studying dance, video art and new media, Marina has concentrated her work on new approaches to digital creation. For the last fifteen years, she has been creating interactive installations anchored in space, where the engagement of the body is essential, placing the public at… Read more »

Volunteer with Blast Theory

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Volunteer Oscar

About the Volunteer Programme Our volunteer programme is an opportunity for those embarking on a career in the arts to have first-hand experience working with an artists company. Blast Theory is a small team of 11 people who work closely with each other to deliver a wide range of projects in a fast paced environment. … Read more »

World Health Organization work on infectious diseases

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A woman with pink hair looks at a model of a hotel room made from metal

A Cluster of 17 Cases is currently being exhibited at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong as part of Contagious Cities. Previously shown in New York, the work is inspired by the stories of the 17 unsuspecting people who stayed on the 9th floor of the hotel on the night of Feb… Read more »

Join the cast of Operation Black Antler

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Cast of Operation Black Antler in rehearsals , Manchester HOME

  Operation Black Antler is a site-specific, immersive theatre piece created by Blast Theory and critically celebrated theatre company Hydrocracker. The work invites the audience to enter the murky world of undercover surveillance and question the morality of state-sanctioned spying. Following acclaimed runs at Brighton Festival, Ideas Test in Kent and HOME Manchester, we are… Read more »

Apply now for our 2019 Artist Residency Programme

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We’re thrilled to announce that Blast Theory’s 2019 Residency Programme is now open for applications. When I applied for 20 Wellington Road, I imagined it as an opportunity to take some time and space, gather a few collaborators from around Europe, and “jam” on a particular manifestation of my artistic research in smell and interaction. Well, it… Read more »

Join our Board of Trustees

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science fiction project we made ourselves over

Blast Theory is poised to enter an exciting new phase of development and we are looking for three new board members to join us to support this artistic ambition and business strategy. We need support to keep pushing boundaries, reach new audiences and create new innovative works.   The Opportunity As a Trustee, you will… Read more »

Branch goes to South Korea

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Branch

   The 2015 work Branch, was presented in South Korea earlier this month, as part of a new exhibition celebrating The Nam June Paik Art Center’s 10th anniversary. The exhibition explores the way reciprocal relationships can be built in communities through art, as Director Suh Jinsuk describes; “the theme inherits Paik’s belief that ‘Art is… Read more »

Looking for a studio?

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20 Wellington Road studios

We will soon have a vacancy for a new studio tenant at our building in Portslade, Brighton. Designed by award winning architects Block, the building has three studio spaces, an edit suite, a communal kitchen area, storage space, a project space and a residency space. The building is a Victorian warehouse overlooking the harbour and… Read more »

Film screening and Q&A: Bloodyminded

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Bloodyminded Q&A

Join us to go behind the scenes of Bloodyminded – Europe’s first interactive and live feature film – and to see the work in full. Following the live streamed, world premiere screening of Bloodyminded earlier this Autumn, see the full film followed by a Q&A with Director, Matt Adams, and University of Brighton’s Head of… Read more »

Welcoming our new intern, Violeta Marchenkova

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Black and white photo of a young woman with dark blond hair. She is outside a house and is wearing a bomber jacket.

  We are delighted to have Violeta with us at Blast Theory until 16 November this year. Violeta is a recent graduate of the University of Sussex with a first class degree in BA Art History & Film Studies and a master’s degree with distinction in Digital Documentary. Her creative practice stems from her academic background in art… Read more »

Bloodyminded: FAQ’s

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For one night only, the UK’s first ever interactive feature film will be broadcast live online and at cinemas around Europe. What is Bloodyminded?  Created by four times BAFTA nominated artists group Blast Theory, Bloodyminded is Europe’s first ever single shot interactive film, shot once and once only and streamed live online and to cinemas across Europe…. Read more »

Bloodyminded: The UK’s first live interactive feature film

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For one night only, the UK’s first ever interactive feature film will be broadcast live online and at cinemas around Europe.   Tickets on sale now:  ACCA – Brighton     Barbican – London    HOME – Manchester Queen’s Film Theatre – Belfast     Tyneside Cinema  – Newcastle    Watershed – Bristol kult.kino atelier – Basel    Rollberg Kinos – Berlin     Sputnik… Read more »

Join Rhiannon Armstrong at The Messy Edge 2018

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Come along to The Messy Edge 2018, Brighton Digital Festival’s conference, where our BDF artist in resident Rhiannon Armstrong will be taking about her latest project ‘The Slow GIF Movement’. Rhiannon shares: “I’ll be taking inspiration from the title of the conference and presenting from The Messy Middle of the residency: I’ll be sharing where… Read more »

Take part in Short Periods Of Structured Nothingness

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Short Periods of Structured Nothingness telephone

Short Periods of Structured Nothingness is part documentary and part overheard conversation and launching on the 21st September as part of HOOKED. HOOKED marks the opening of Science Gallery London and explores addiction and recovery; when want becomes need.   To create Short Periods of Structured Nothingness, we worked with an anonymised group of seven young women who… Read more »

Blast Theory and pvi collective residency exchange 2019

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We have once again teamed up with pvi collective in Perth, Australia, to host a residency exchange at our respective studios. Generously supported by the Australia Council, the first stage of the residency will provide funding for an Australian artist to come to Brighton for a six week residency during April and May next year. We’re delighted to… Read more »

Introducing Teddy, one of our first paid interns

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Earlier this year, we advertised for our two first paid internship positions. We would not have been able to provide these opportunities had it not been for the generous donations by Our Friends Electric supporters. We were bowled over with the response and we received.   Meet Teddy Freeman! (17th September – 19th October 2018)… Read more »

See A Cluster of 17 Cases in New York

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Close up of model hotel room

We are excited to announce that our new work A Cluster of 17 Cases will open on Friday 14th September 2018 at the Museum of the City of New York as part of the exhibition Germ City   The interactive installation is inspired by the stories of the 17 unsuspecting people who stayed on the 9th… Read more »

Welcoming our latest volunteer, Katrine Jensen

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Blast Theory, Aarhus 2017.
O Space at Aarhus Harbour and Aarhus Cyklebane.
Photo: Asbjørn Sand

In 2017 Katrine was part of F16 a group of young creatives, who worked on a wide range of arts and culture projects in the local community in Aarhus, Denmark. Through F16 she worked with Blast Theory as an Event Steward on 2097: We Made Ourselves Over as part of Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017. We… Read more »

Meet our Brighton Digital Festival resident, Rhiannon Armstrong

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Rhiannon is our second artist as part of the Blast Theory and Brighton Digital Festival Residency. As an interdisciplinary artist with a performance background, Rhiannon makes work under the lifelong series title Instructions for Empathetic Living. Rhiannon will be developing ‘The Slow GIF Movement’ during her residency with us.   Speaking in advance of beginning… Read more »

20 years with MRL: Part Four, I Like Frank

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As we continue our look back at 20 years of collaboration with University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab (MRL), Blast Theory’s Matt Adams re-visits I Like Frank, the world’s first 3G mixed reality game. Building relationships, swapping information, testing the possibilities of hybrid space… players of I Like Frank had it all. Blast Theory artists Matt, Ju… Read more »

Bloodyminded: The UK’s first live interactive feature film

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For one night only, the UK’s first ever interactive feature film will be broadcast live online and at cinemas around Europe.   Tickets on sale now:  ACCA – Brighton     Barbican – London    HOME – Manchester Queen’s Film Theatre – Belfast     Tyneside Cinema  – Newcastle    Watershed – Bristol kult.kino atelier – Basel    Rollberg Kinos – Berlin     Sputnik… Read more »

Blast Theory at AMA conference 2018

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Business Director Kirsty Jennings will join a whole host of speakers from across the world at this year’s AMA conference. Following the theme ‘The Power of Play’, speakers will share new ideas and techniques in answering, ‘if play became central to our work, what would our organisations look like and what could we achieve?’ With… Read more »

[email protected]: Join us in Manchester

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Kidnap, a work about control and consent, was inspired by the notorious Spanner Trial in which consenting sadomasochists were convicted and sent to prison. As a rare treat, all three artists, Matt, Ju and Nick, will be joined at the symposium by the two kidnappees: Russell Ward and Debra Burgess (from Melbourne via video link)… Read more »

Come and test our new app at Brighton Museum

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Gift Project App Development

Ever made someone a mixtape? How about with objects from a museum? With our app you pick someone you care about. And then you create the perfect digital gift for them on your phone. Choose beautiful objects, choose the perfect soundtrack, wrap it up and send it. Working with our long term collaborators the Mixed… Read more »

20 years with MRL, Part Three: Uncle Roy All Around You

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Uncleroyallaroundyou at the ICA, London, UK. May and June 2003. Blast Theory & Mixed Reality Lab

To celebrate 20 years collaborating with the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab (MRL), we’re taking a look back on some of the works we’ve made together. Up next is Uncle Roy All Around You (2003), our third collaboration made with the MRL, following 2001’s Can You See Me Now?. Artist Matt Adams explains how this… Read more »

Welcome to Dr Celia Pearce, our new artist in residence

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Welcoming Dr Celia Pearce as our artist in residence with us from June to July 2018. Celia holds a position as Associate Professor of Game Design at Northeastern University in Boston, is co-founder and Festival Chair of IndieCade, and served as co-curator for XYZ: Alternative Voices in Video Games, the first exhibition to celebrate women… Read more »

Watch an interview with Artist Robert Walton

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Robert Walton was artist in residence with us from April – June 2018. Based in Melbourne, his works spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. During his time with us, Robert continued to develop a new participative public artwork with AR and performance called ‘The Child of Now’ with Art Centre Melbourne for City of… Read more »

Blast Theory at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Sheffield doc fest logo

Business Director Kirsty Jennings will be at this year’s festival as part of the ‘Live Cinema Summit: Audience Participation and Tech’ panel. Mobile, VR and interactive tech innovations have left cinema-going largely unchanged – phones remain (generally) on silent, and collective cinematic VR experiences are not yet commonplace- with a few exceptions… This panel enables… Read more »

20 years with MRL, Part Two: Can You See Me Now?

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Can You See Me Now? Rotterdam

In this 20th year collaborating with the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab (MRL), we relish the opportunity to look back and celebrate some of the works we’ve made together. Can You See Me Now? (2001) is the second collaboration made with the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham, following 1999’s Desert Rain. Artist Matt… Read more »

Fixing Point at Falmouth University’s ‘Games as Arts / Arts as Games’ festival

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Fixing Point publicity image © Blast Theory

As guest artists at Falmouth University’s ‘Games as Arts / Arts as Games’ festival 2018, Blast Theory will be presenting Fixing Point in its first outing since 2013’s Brighton Festival. Pick up a smartphone, put on your headphones and start to explore. As you walk you hear a stunning score by electronic musician Clark. Find one of the fixing… Read more »

Join us for an artist talk with Robert Walton

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Come along to the Blast Theory studios on Thursday 31st May to hear current artist in residence Robert Walton talk about his current work – and have a slice or two of pizza with us. Robert Walton is a collaborative artist whose work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. A creative trailblazer, he has been credited… Read more »

We’re hiring a Development Manager

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Blast Theory is hiring a Development Manager to join the team at a pivotal and exciting time for the company. As Development Manger you will develop and deliver the Fundraising Strategy of Blast Theory which includes Individual fundraising, Trusts and Foundations fundraising, Donor events, Corporate fundraising and Marketing/Communications related to fundraising. This a part time and fixed-term… Read more »

20 years with MRL: Part One, Desert Rain

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Desert Rain by Blast Theory

“one of the most successful and advanced digital performances of the late 90s… a seminal experimental production fusing the technological complexity of hard science skills with a truly original artistic vision.” Steve Dixon, Digital Performance In this 20thyear collaborating with the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab (MRL), we relish the opportunity to look back and celebrate… Read more »

Watch an interview with Artist anti-cool

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Live a Happier Life

anti-cool is an interdisciplinary artist from Japan, based in Liverpool, working in the field of performance art, installation and film. anti-cool was in residence with us in March – April 2018. Prior to her residency, anti-cool recorded the stories of migrants living in the UK, and the British families related to them, who had been separated… Read more »

20 years of Mixed Reality Lab and Blast Theory

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Desert Rain Image Credit Blast Theory

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Blast Theory and the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab creating work together. During our 20-year relationship we have collaborated on research leading to the creation of 12 new artworks. Beginning with Desert Rain in 1999, the partnership continued through projects such as Can You See Me Now? (2001),… Read more »

Welcoming PVI Artist in Residence, Robert Walton

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Welcoming Robert Walton as our artist in residence over the months of April and May, 2018. Robert Walton is “an original and talented thinker and theatre maker” (The Times, UK), who has created, directed and devised over 30 shows. His work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. As the recipient of Blast Theory and… Read more »

Apply now for our first ever paid internships.

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Thanks to Our Friends Electric, we are thrilled to announce that these are paid opportunities and successful applicants will be paid the Brighton living wage. The two placements available are: Monday 24th September – Friday 19th October Monday 22nd October – Friday 16th November During each internship you will play a vital role on one… Read more »

Blast Theory at Bluedot Festival 2018

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Blast Theory artist, Nick Tandavanitj, will be one of an incredible list of culturists, artists, musicians and comedians speaking and performing at this year’s space age festival Bluedot, taking place at the Jodrell Bank.   Bluedot is an award-winning festival of discovery at the grounds of a deep space observatory. Set against a backdrop of… Read more »

Join us for a showing from our current artist in residence

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Close up of two people holding hands.

Artist in residence anti-cool will present a showing of a video installation she has been working on during her stay with us. The work explores the stories of several British families and couples, separated or disrupted by current immigration policies. Using raw and often blunt interview footage, the artist investigates the participants true feelings about borders,… Read more »

Blast Theory and Brighton Digital Festival Residency 2018

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Ruben Woodin-Dechamps with the steadicam kit

Blast Theory and Brighton Digital Festival are pleased to announce an opportunity for an artist to undertake a 6-week residency at 20 Wellington Road in the run up to and during the festival from August – October 2018. This unique Residency Programme is initiated and run by the three founding artists of Blast Theory, with… Read more »

We want to interview ex-service personnel for a new film

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Are you a veteran who could talk to us for a new film we’re writing? As part of the national commemoration of WW1, Blast Theory have been commissioned by 14-18 NOW to make an interactive feature film exploring why some of us choose to go to war and others choose not to. Blast Theory artist Matt Adams… Read more »

Meet our latest resident, anti-cool

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Three deer in a snowy landscape, image courtesy of the artist

Join us in welcoming our first artist in residence for 2018, anti-cool. During her time as resident, Tomoko (who goes under the name ‘anti-cool’) will be working on a new film that explores themes of borders, human rights and families. Over the last year anti-cool has recorded over 60 hours of footage, documenting the stories… Read more »

Blast Theory are the first Artists in Residence at the World Health Organization

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WHO Head-Quater in Geneva, Switzerland.

Copyright : WHO/Pierre Virot

Blast Theory are the first ever Artists in Residence at the World Health Organization in Geneva. With the support of the Wellcome Trust, artists Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj have spent time at the Strategic Health Operations Centre. The SHOC monitors epidemics and pandemics across the world and coordinates the international collaboration… Read more »

Meet new our new resident

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Resident artist Katy Pendlebury

We’re thrilled to welcome a new artist in residence to the Blast Theory studios. Katy Pendlebury is an artist who works with moving images and live performance. Her interests lie in the choreographic potential of the body and its capacity to express the uniqueness of individual experience. She has explored this through single screen video… Read more »

Apply now: Blast Theory 2018 residency programmes

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Toronto traintracks and view across the city

Looking ahead to 2018 we’re thrilled to be able to offer two fantastic residency opportunities at the Blast Theory studios in Portslade. The first, sees us joining forces with the pvi collective to facilitate a unique research and development residency opportunity for one Australian artist to spend six weeks in residence with Blast Theory. The… Read more »

We’re hiring a Communications Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

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Blast Theory is hiring a Communications Coordinator (Maternity Cover) to join the team at a pivotal and exciting time for the company. We are looking for a dynamic Communications Coordinator to deliver our Communications Strategy, driving campaigns to raise our profile and engage audiences with new commissions and year round activity. This a part time and fixed-term post (9 months)… Read more »

Substance Future Forum

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Substance Future Forum in Hull

Substance Future Forum takes place in Hull next week, and will include debate and discussion on the culture, creativity and future of the north. Over the last 18 months, we’ve worked with experts and residents in Hull and Aarhus in Denmark to imagine a world 80 years into the future. 2097: We Made Ourselves Over… Read more »

Blast Theory on BBC 6Music’s Art Is Everywhere show this weekend

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  This Saturday, Blast Theory’s Nick Tandivanitj will be on BBC 6 Music live from Ferens Art Gallery in Hull to celebrate this year’s Turner Prize. Nick will be in conversation with Mary Anne Hobbs discussing interactive art and Blast Theory’s retrospective exhibition, You Start It, showing in South Korea until March 2018. Other panelists… Read more »

Blast Theory awarded the 2016 Nam June Paik Art Center Award in South Korea

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  Following the sell-out run of interactive sci-fi experience 2097: Live in Aarhus as part of the city’s European Capital of Culture programme, we’re launching a retrospective survey exhibition presenting key works from the last eight years, at the Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea. The solo exhibition, titled You Start It, together… Read more »

Photography private view opening in Brighton

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Cain Suleyman

See some amazing photography tonight for one week only from our first Gold Arts Award student Cain Suleyman. The exhibition will feature bands such as The Skints, Lady Bird, Zeal & Ardor and many more. Cain is Blast Theory’s first ever Gold Arts Award student, and as part of the qualification will also be organising and leading a… Read more »

Sell out run for 2097: Live in Aarhus

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06 2097 App

  The future literally knocks on the door in 2097: We Made Ourselves Over. It insists on being let in and examined in all its aspects and implications.” – Kunsten-nu Our biggest and most ambitious work to date, 2097: We Made Ourselves Over was inspired by the citizens of two cities and sought to build on the… Read more »

Fifth and final 2097 film released

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2097 Film 5 – Hessa's Film

  Find out if the inhabitants of Aarhull make it to their new city and see the travellers tuck into a meal of lab grown swan meat in the final 2097 film out today. The 2097: We Made Ourselves Over films, which have been released online each week and shown across Hull in public screenings,… Read more »

Release of 4th 2097 film ‘Moving Out’

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2097: Live in Aarhus

  The fourth 2097 film is now up and sees the imaginary city of Aarhull get destroyed as molecular harvesters move in. Looking at the future of cities, ‘Moving Out’ explores how, and where, we might live in the future. The films are being shown throughout October at city screenings open to everyone. If you’re not in… Read more »

Are you looking for a new studio?

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We will soon have a vacancy for a new studio tenant at our building in Portslade, Brighton. Designed by award winning architects Block, the building has three studio spaces, an edit suite, a communal kitchen area, storage space, a project space and a residency space. The building is a Victorian warehouse overlooking the harbour and… Read more »

Third 2097 film released: The Handover

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  The third 2097: We Made Ourselves Over film is now out. Following Hessa as she prepares to step down as ruler, the film explores what food in the future might look like with scenes of Preston Road Estate, Hull imagined eighty years into the future. Every Saturday in October, we will be releasing the next new film,… Read more »

Read more about our new resident Theo Di Castri

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  Theo Di Castri is a Mexico City based writer and artist working at the intersection of immersive theatre, sound art and new media. He holds a BA with a double major in Neuroscience and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University. When not… Read more »

Watch the first 2097 film online now

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The future is here. You can now watch the first of five short science-fiction films online and in the 2097: We Made Ourselves Over app.   It’s 2097 and the days of upheaval are over. A new resilience has taken hold. Eternal Data is the first of five short science-fiction films. A girl from the future… Read more »

Answer the call in Hull

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White Phone box in Hull

At exactly 2pm this Sunday, October 1st, every phone box in Hull will ring. Anyone who picks up a phone will be dropped into the science fiction world of 2097 – with the chance to be taken on a free ride into the future in a Tesla Model S electric car. Come along to North Point… Read more »

Support Blast Theory and get closer

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A Machine to See With by Blast Theory

Our Friends Electric relaunches   Today we’re relaunching Our Friends Electric with a brand new Blast Theory website and a host of ways to get even closer to us – by becoming a Fan, Supporter or Patron. Your support is crucial to us and will enable us to develop new forms of interactive art and… Read more »

Meet our new Brighton Digital Festival Resident Dan Shay

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Dan Shay Brighton Digital Festival Resident

Dan’s work addresses the impact of technology on our society, seeking to create crucial space for us to reflect on this. Applying an interdisciplinary approach, Dan investigates the blurring boundaries between our real and virtual worlds. His past projects have used installation, projection, sound, digital and analog film to make works that resonate within the… Read more »

Trailer released for our biggest project ever #its2097

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  It’s 2097. The city is on the cusp of a new century. You decide where to go next. The clock counts down. One minute to go. Ten seconds. In five short science fiction films – each accompanied by an interactive film for smartphones – and through live events across both Hull and Aarhus, 2097: We… Read more »

Museum of London talk: play and public space

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Museum of London talk

Blast Theory artist, Matt Adams, will be at the Museum of London on the 8th August discussing play and public space, urban gaming and alternative and subversive explorations of the city. Other speakers will include Holly Gramazio from Matheson Marcault and Edwina Attlee from the Bartlett School of Architecture. The London salons are informal evenings… Read more »

Test our upcoming project at Brighton Museum

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We’re looking for people to test early prototypes for our upcoming project which looks at the way museums interact with their visitors. The project, which is currently in development, is part of a three-year European project focusing on the way the public can experience and enjoy exhibitions in new ways. Blast Theory and The Mixed… Read more »

Board game design workshop and games night

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Hwu Young Board game design workshop and games night

Love playing board games? Ever wanted to design your own? What makes the perfect game? To discover the answer to all these questions come to the Blast Theory co-designing workshop hosted by our artist in residence Hwa Young Jung. Hwa is a multidisciplinary artist working in the arts, culture and sciences, facilitating collaborative workshops and projects. Based… Read more »

Meet our new resident artist Hwa Young Jung

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Resident Hwa Young Jung

Hwa Young Jung is a multidisciplinary artist working in the arts, culture and sciences, facilitating collaborative workshops and projects. Based in Manchester, she has been involved in grassroots led community spaces, as well as makers and artists centres across the North of England. She has worked internationally for over ten years. I’m interested in creating interactive non-fiction,… Read more »