News/October 2022

Do you love cats, technology or both? Wherever you are in the UK we want to hear from you!

Blast Theory are looking for 15 people to form the Cat Royale Audience Advisory Panel and join us on the journey of making Cat Royale.

We want the panel to reflect contemporary society and encourage applications from a broad range of people, living in different parts of the UK: including people of colour, those with disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues (including ‘invisible’ disabilities such as dyslexia or autism), people from LGBTQ+ communities and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

About Cat Royale:

Cat Royale is an upcoming work exploring the impact of AI on animals.

Cats will live inside a utopia created by the artists. The cats’ every need will be catered for, with spaces for playing and socialising, and spaces that are relaxing and private. They will have walkways, cubbyholes and raised viewing platforms.

And at the centre of the room will be a robot arm and a computer vision system offering activities to make the cats happier. The system may throw a ball, dangle a feather or offer a massage.

To ensure the comfort and safety of the cats, we have involved experts in animal welfare in the design of the project from the start and they will guide us at each stage.

The computer vision system will try to measure the happiness of the cats and learn how to make them happier.

As a member of the advisory panel you will:

  • Join the Blast Theory artists at five online sessions, contributing to conversations and creative exercises to help develop the project
  • Gain behind the scenes insight into how the work is being made, the challenges of AI and working with animals
  • Become ambassadors for this exciting project covering new ground in the fields of AI and cat welfare
  • Get an exclusive artist-led tour of the final installation
  • Receive an honorarium of £15 per session for your involvement

To join the advisory panel, you must be free for up to 2 hours on the following dates (times TBC):

  • 21st November
  • 5th December
  • 13th January
  • 13th February
  • 3rd April
  • 24th April (visit to the installation – travel costs and lunch provided)

Deadlines & Key Dates:

Deadline for applications – 7th November 2022, 10am
Informal interviews – 16th November
All applicants notified – 18th November
First online session – 21st November

If you’d like to join the advisory panel, please fill out this short application form.

About Blast Theory:

Blast Theory make interactive art to explore social and political questions. The group’s work places the public at the centre of unusual and sometimes unsettling experiences, to create new perspectives and open up the possibility of change.

Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group draw on popular culture and new technologies to make performances, games, films, apps and installations.

Blast Theory have shown work at the Venice Biennale, Tribeca Film Festival, ICC in Tokyo, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, the Barbican and Tate Britain. Commissioners include Channel 4, Sundance Film Festival and the Royal Opera House.

Blast Theory have been nominated for four BAFTAs and won the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica and the Nam June Paik Art Center Award.

Founded in 1991, Blast Theory are based in Brighton in the UK.

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