Bloodyminded

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  The UK’s first ever interactive feature film, broadcast live online and at cinemas around Europe.  SJ breaks into an army base to bury the ashes of her great-grandfather, a conscientious objector during World War One. Inside, surrounded by soldiers and the ghosts of past wars, she finds a place where her certainty begins to… Read more »

2097: We Made Ourselves Over

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science fiction project we made ourselves over

  The Process 2097: We Made Ourselves Over explores the belief that everyone has the power to act and influence the future – uncovering the unnerving and exhilarating idea that anything is possible. Inspired by the respective histories of communities in Aarhus and Hull,  Blast Theory worked with dozens of residents, from year 10 students and… Read more »

A Place Free Of Judgement

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Blast Theory, acclaimed author Tony White and 30 young people aged between 14 – 19, worked together in the West Midlands at Cannock, Southwater and St John’s libraries, to re-imagine libraries, story telling and their place in the world. It culminated in a 9-hour takeover of the three libraries on the 29th of October 2016. On… Read more »

Operation Black Antler

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Operation Black Antler by Blast Theory

For 40 years British police officers have been undercover inside protest groups. Scandals such as Wikileaks, the Snowden affair and the revelations about the Special Demonstration Squad show that secret forces within the state have little respect for law. Co-created with critically acclaimed immersive theatre company Hydrocracker, Operation Black Antler seeks to explore this moral… Read more »

Too Much Information

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Too Much Information is an audio walk around the streets of Manchester, based on a series of frank and funny conversations between two groups of people at very different stages of their lives – a group of young adults and a group of over 60s. Posing some seemingly awkward questions, Blast Theory Artist Ju Row… Read more »

Digital Voices

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One of the young performers from My Neck Of The Woods talks to the camera at home, part of the Digital Voices research project

DIVO: 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. Through research and practical public outcomes, DIVO: Digital Voices provided a platform for meaningful exchange and created… Read more »

Dial Ulrike And Eamon Compliant

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Dial Ulrike And Eamon Compliant © Blast Theory

As you hear about the progression into violence and death you stare at the everyday surroundings. Find a vantage point, linger near a doorway or to find a nearby bus shelter then use your keypad to make your choices. You hear about TV appearances, the firebombing of a supermarket and the night that Benno was… Read more »

The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life

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

Later a crane lifts the boat onto a lorry at the Nagoya Port and it is driven into the city centre at midnight. Crowds gather to watch along the route and as the lorry arrives at the park, the boats’ final resting place. People bring food and drink, make videos, photos, hang out, worry and… Read more »

Chemical Wedding

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Performers Nikki Jewitt and Ju Row Farr

The piece explores the conflict between viruses as a reality and virus as a metaphor in the age of HIV/AIDS. A fiercely physical piece in which performers struggle with one another, with piles of medical tomes and with the audience themselves. Throughout, two video screens regurgitate AIDS paranoia, body horror films and a hexagonal map… Read more »

Stampede

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Video still

Alongside a soundtrack by Bristol-based dance band Statik Sound System, anthemic tracks such as Teen Spirit by Nirvana and extreme Techno pushed both performers and audience. The performance itself – lasting 60 minutes – was fast and furious: a constant barrage of leaps, skids and falls interwoven with moments of quiet isolation and exhaustion. Stampede… Read more »

The Gilt Remake

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The Gilt Remake

Like other pieces of this era such as Stampede and Chemical Wedding, The Gilt Remake processes popular culture to bring its social and political concerns vividly into focus.

Ultrapure

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Ultrapure questionnaire

The finished work – developed during workshops over three months – was more like a club or an exhibition than a piece of theatre. It combined performance, video, music and interactivity. You could drop into this promenade environment for 2 minutes or 2 hours over the course of the evening, and move about in an… Read more »

Something American

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Artists Nick Tandavanitj and Ju Row Farr with performer

As Something American develops, the cop sheds his layers of pretence. He opens up, breaks down and falls away. As he does so other versions of America come through; sometimes in tiny moments, at others in a flurry of activity and pumping music. Three performers talk about boxing and Rock’n’Roll and Remote Viewing. Then the… Read more »

Internal Ammunition

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Internal Ammunition

Drawing on intimate video interviews and circuit training, Internal Ammunition is a promenade performance fuelled by nervous energy, dance floor moves and an uncompromising challenge to each audience member. Made over a period of 12 weeks in collaboration with 3rd year degree students at Melton Mowbray College the resulting performance happened twice only and veered… Read more »

Invisible Bullets

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Invisibile Bullets interior

The work was subsequently shown in a pedestrian precinct in Nottingham and in a bank in Hildesheim in Germany. Looking at the obsession with crime reconstructions the piece features exploding bullet hits courtesy of a film special effects company. Lasting up to 12 hours per day the piece re-enacts a murder again and again, each… Read more »

C’mon Baby, Fight! Fight! Fight!

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"C'mon baby, Fight! Fight! Fight!" was performed at Milch London on the 4th of April '97 alongside Arthur Lager's "Every Woman's Nightmare"

Inspired by a sequence in the film The Abyss, where the Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio character dies in order to save the Ed Harris character’s life and is then miraculously brought back to life and by an essay by Ptolemy Tompkins in Screen Violence, C’mon Baby Fight! Fight! Fight! was performed in Capture an evening of… Read more »

Atomic – Performance

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Performers Matt Adams, Nick Tandavanitj and Jamie Iddon

This work was performed twice. First, on the day that Princess Diana died, in a sweltering gallery at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Matt, Ju and Nick were joined by Will Kittow. A second version, in which Jamie Iddon replaced Will was shown at CASCO in Utrecht. In both versions the performers introduced their favourite… Read more »

Kidnap

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Russell is led to safehouse

Kidnap, a work about control and consent, was inspired by the notorious Spanner Trial in which consenting sadomasochists were convicted and sent to prison. The project launched to the press and public on May 15th 1998. Registration was open to any resident of England and Wales. Each entrant paid a fee of £10 and filled… Read more »

Atomic – Installation

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Atomic Installation

Three booths in CASCO gallery in Utrecht are connected. One booth is for the interviewer. It has a monitor, a pair of headphones and a microphone. By switching a button the interviewer can connect to one of the other booths. They have a pair of headphones, a microphone and a camera. When your booth is selected… Read more »

Architecture Foundation

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Architecture Foundation flyer

The second part of the project was a deeper investigation into the nature of the site with a travelogue/questionnaire on audio cassette. Members of the public walked through the site wearing a personal stereo with given instructions and questions. The questions were imaginatively constructed to encourage the user to think about their built environment in… Read more »

Can You See Me Now?

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A performer in Rotterdam

With up to 100 people playing online at a time, players exchange tactics and send messages to the runners. An audio stream from the runner’s walkie talkies allowed you to eavesdrop on your pursuers: getting lost, cold and out of breath on the streets of the city. Can You See Me Now? was the second… Read more »

Uncle Roy All Around You

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Uncle Roy in the limousine

The city is an arena where the unfamiliar flourishes, where the disjointed and the disrupted are constantly threatening to overwhelm us. It is also a zone of possibility; new encounters. Building on Can You See Me Now? the game investigates some of the social changes brought about by ubiquitous mobile devices, persistent access to a… Read more »

Light Square

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Performer Sheila Ghelani

At each end of the space is a laptop showing video excerpts from Return of the Living Dead Part II, Weekend, Alphaville and Bande à Part. Actors fight, cower, run, act the fool, dance, play dead, stagger down corridors and watch aerobics on TV. In silence, three performers – Paul Dungworth, Sheila Ghelani and Matt… Read more »

I Like Frank

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Artist Nick Tandavanitj

The game invites players to search for Frank through the streets of Adelaide. Online Players move through a virtual model of the city, opening location specific photos. One photo reveals the location of a hidden object. Online Players then enlist a Street Player to go to that location and retrieve it. In the Exeter Hotel,… Read more »

Day Of The Figurines

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Day Of The Figurines at National Museum of Singapore

The goal of the game is to ‘help other people’ but it is not necessarily clear how to do this. From the Gasometer to Product Barn, the Canal to the Rat Research Institute, up to 1,000 players roam the streets, defining themselves through their interactions. Day Of The Figurines continues Blast Theory’s enquiry into the… Read more »

Rider Spoke

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Audience member, Barbican

Looking for information on Rider Spoke in redevelopment, or a tour pack? Click here. To cycle alone, in the evening, with no particular destination offers a rare freedom. In Rider Spoke this is combined with an opportunity to think about the people in your life and to share them with strangers who you will never… Read more »

You Get Me

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A performer in a children's playground

A description of the work The development of the work was supported by Caitlin Newton Broad who visited a huge range of community groups, colleges and arts organisations in the East End to invite young people to a series of workshops at the Urban Adventure Base over the summer of 2008. Eight people were chosen… Read more »

Flypad

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Flypad graphic

The work has 11 terminals arranged around the central atrium of the gallery. Each is equipped with a monitor, a motorised pan-tilt camera and a footpad interface in the floor. Visitors create avatars which they’re able to fly around the atrium using the footpad. The camera tracks their position as they fly; crashing into other… Read more »

Gunmen Kill Three

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Gunmen Kill Three

Made over the summer of 1991 by Matt Adams, Lorraine Hall, Niki Jewett, Will Kittow and Ju Row Farr in collaboration with Lucia Gahlin, Nicky Gibbs and Bruce Gilchrist. The development of the piece was prompted by an article in The Guardian entitled Gunmen Kill Three at Mobile Shop which described in detail how two… Read more »

Desert Rain

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A performer walks through the water projection

Standing on a footplate and zipped into a cubicle, each of the six team members explores motels, deserts and underground bunkers, communicating with each other within the virtual world . . . a world projected onto a screen of falling water. You have 30 minutes to find the target, complete the mission, and get to… Read more »

10 Backwards

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The performer

10 Backwards draws on a long tradition of scifi to tell the story of Niki as she learns to travel in time and then arrives back in the present with a deteriorating illness of deja vu and spatial displacement. The show mixed live and recorded video – much of it shot in a startling fog… Read more »

A Machine To See With

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A Machine to See With by Blast Theory

A Machine To See With is a Locative Cinema commission from the Sundance Film Festival, 01 San Jose Biennial and the Banff New Media Institute. It was created between January and September 2010 and premiered in San Jose on 16th September. It is a film where you play the lead. You sign up online and… Read more »

Fixing Point

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A woman lying in the grass

Fixing Point is an audio walk about Seamus Ruddy made in collaboration with electronic musician Clark. This work was first shown at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. The Maltings focus on a programme of classical music in an idyllic rural setting. However the area has a strong military history with experimental installations at Orford Ness and an American nuclear base… Read more »

Ulrike And Eamon Compliant

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An audience member receives a phonecall, Venice Biennale

A description of the work in Venice The work starts in Palazzo Zenobio where you enter a wooden room, which has air holes drilled into it, and pick up a mobile phone. There is a screen on the wall showing video of an interview – the interview is live and you can faintly hear the… Read more »

I’d Hide You

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A performer poses with the camera rig

I’d Hide You originates from a research project into Outside Broadcasting funded by the Technology Strategy Board. We worked with London TV company Somethin’ Else and the University of Nottingham to develop a low cost interactive platform for Outside Broadcasting. At the end of the twelve months we wanted to create a simple game that… Read more »