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MAY YOU PARTICIPATE IN A DIGITAL WORLD RESIDENCY, mobile studio, North Wales, UK

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Date: Deadline: FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews are to be held in Welshpool, Mid-Wales on the 1st June.
Venue:BBC Wales New Media
Partner: This residency is part of the MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, Cardiff festival of creative technology, 28th to 30th October 2005 |
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The BBC Wales New Media’s mobile studio is a touring bus which has onboard a broadcast production studio with wireless broadband internet access, a network of six PCs, a large TV/plasma screen, a Sony HDV broadcast TV camera, digital cameras and scanners. Travelling with the bus is a driver, a producer, a community researcher, and a Lifelong Learning advisor. All the staff are bilingual (Welsh/English). The bus is a partnership between BBC Wales, The Welsh Language Board and University of Wales, Bangor.

Outline:

Through this residency the artist/s will address the festival’s theme of investigating the ‘places’ where digital technologies become grounded in a geographical and social context. Through the project the artist/s will realise a work that encourages and extends the public’s initial or early contact with digital technology. The project will focus on community participation and exchange and will need to be structured to manage both Welsh and English language content.

It is anticipated that the artist will fully utilise the technology available in the mobile studio, the expertise of the crew, and the studio’s portability. It is anticipated that the work will have a strong visual/audio presence in Cardiff during the festival. The work will also have dual visibility at Oriel Mostyn gallery, Llandudno, North Wales during the three-days of the Cardiff-based festival (www.mostyn.org).

During the residency the artist will be based in North Wales at the BBC’s mobile studio. The bus has a schedule which takes it throughout North Wales and the appointed artist/s will work with the bus team to schedule stops.

The artist will also have access to support from the BBC’s main office in Cardiff. BBC Wales New Media is the cross-media, online, interactive and mobile department within BBC Wales. For further information on the host visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales.

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES is Cardiff’s inaugural festival of creative technology – a three-day programme of events being held across the capital. The festival is being developed between bloc and Chapter. The residency programme for the festival is supported and managed by Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales), the national organisation for public art in Wales. The festival residencies are supported through the National Lottery celebration of Cardiff 2005.

Festival Theme:
Artists are increasingly engaged with or inspired by digital technology – exploring consumer and communication technologies such as the worldwide web, mobile networks, file sharing, and computer gaming. Because digital technology is a participatory medium with global reach, artists tend to explore digital technology in the context of public and shared spheres. Often digital art is situated somewhere between public art – albeit in a dematerialised form – and street culture where the technology itself is used as a ‘site’ for the production and presentation of art works. Although digital technology is often claimed to go beyond physical limitations, engagement with technology is always embedded in, or grounded in, real spaces and places whether this is explored from a user or network perspective.

The Residencies
The residencies form part of the festival’s core programme where artists are being invited to investigate the ‘places’ where digital technologies become grounded in a geographical and social context. It is anticipated that the work from the residencies will have a strong presence in Cardiff during the festival period – 28th to 30th October 2005. All commissioned works shown at the festival will negotiate with the specifics of the location at various ‘sites’ in order to bring about activity and exchange beyond the gallery.

The residencies are open to an artist or group of artists and cover a period spent with the residency host between June and November this year (the timing of the residencies is negotiable although the work must be made evident during the festival period).

Fee: There is a fee of £3,600 (30 days), material budget of £750, and outreach travel of £250.

Deadline: Posted applications should be received by FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews are to be held in Welshpool, Mid-Wales on the 1st June.

Selection Panel: Hannah Firth (Curator, Chapter/ Festival Director), Emma Posey (Director, Bloc/Festival Director), Iain Tweedale (Editor, BBC Wales New Media), and Walt Warrilow (Project Manager, Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales).

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal discussion about this residency please email Walt Warrilow: walt@cywaithcymru.org.

Applicants should post their CV, a proposal of no more than 1 side of A4 stating ref: May you participate in a digital world, and supporting visual material in slide or CD format to:
May you participate in a digital world
Cywaith Cymru . Artworks Wales
Crichton House
11-12 Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff
CF10 5EE
UK

T: 44 (0)29 2048 9543
F: 44 (0)29 2046 5458
www.cywaithcymru.org
e: walt@cywaithcymru.org

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CONVERGENCE RESIDENCY, Cardigan, West Wales, UK

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Date: Deadline: FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews will be held in Cardigan, West Wales.
Venue:Creative Mwldan
Partner: This residency is part of the MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, Cardiff festival of creative technology, 28th to 30th October 2005 |
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The artist/s will address the convergence of traditional, new media and emerging technologies. Focusing on the combination of data and communication, the project will employ one or all of the following technologies: transmission, networking, and/or surveillance.

Outline:

The residency host is Creative Mwldan, Cardigan, where the artist will have access to a range of technical equipment and expertise. Creative Mwldan is a centre in West Wales, UK, working with digital creativity. For further information on the host visit www.mwldan.co.uk.

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES is Cardiff’s inaugural festival of creative technology – a three-day programme of events being held across the capital. The festival is being developed between bloc and Chapter. The residency programme for the festival is supported and managed by Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales), the national organisation for public art in Wales. The festival residencies are supported through the National Lottery celebration of Cardiff 2005.

Festival Theme:
Artists are increasingly engaged with or inspired by digital technology – exploring consumer and communication technologies such as the worldwide web, mobile networks, file sharing, and computer gaming. Because digital technology is a participatory medium with global reach, artists tend to explore digital technology in the context of public and shared spheres. Often digital art is situated somewhere between public art – albeit in a dematerialised form – and street culture where the technology itself is used as a ‘site’ for the production and presentation of art works. Although digital technology is often claimed to go beyond physical limitations, engagement with technology is always embedded in, or grounded in, real spaces and places whether this is explored from a user or network perspective.

The Residencies
The residencies form part of the festival’s core programme where artists are being invited to investigate the ‘places’ where digital technologies become grounded in a geographical and social context. It is anticipated that the work from the residencies will have a strong presence in Cardiff during the festival period – 28th to 30th October 2005. All commissioned works shown at the festival will negotiate with the specifics of the location at various ‘sites’ in order to bring about activity and exchange beyond the gallery.

The residencies are open to an artist or group of artists and cover a period spent with the residency host between June and November this year (the timing of the residencies is negotiable although the work must be made evident during the festival period).

Fee: There is a fee of £4,800 (40 days), materials budget of £2,000, and outreach travel of £250.

Deadline: Posted applications should be received by FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews will be held in Cardigan, West Wales.

Selection Panel: Hannah Firth (Curator, Chapter/ Festival Director), Steve Knight (Director, Creative Mwldan), Walt Warrilow (Project Manager, Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales), and Emma Posey (Director, Bloc/Festival Director).

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal discussion about the residency please email Walt Warrilow: walt@cywaithcymru.org.

Applicants should post their CV, a proposal of no more than 1 side of A4 stating ref: Convergence, and supporting visual material in slide or CD format to:
Convergence
Cywaith Cymru . Artworks Wales
Crichton House
11-12 Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff
CF10 5EE
UK

T: 44 (0)29 2048 9543
F: 44 (0)29 2046 5458
www.cywaithcymru.org
e: walt@cywaithcymru.org

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Gaming

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Date: Friday 25th January 2002
Time: 2.30pm to 6pm
Venue:The Queen`s Hall, Narberth
Partner: PBI (Pembrokeshire Business Initiative) |
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This seminar will explore the significance of gaming strategy and the nature of play specifically via computer technology, focusing on user engagement and audience integration.

Outline:

Computer games now dominate the entertainment market. Faster computer processing has enabled greater sophistication in games design and heightened user experience. Games are not only more fluid, more cinematic, than their jerky, pixelated predecessors but users can now enter into game-play at various program levels, personalising content such as the behaviour of characters, scenery and sound. Games generally offer interactive narratives and networked computer games are arguably real sites where meaningful human action and social interaction are played out.

Contributors:

Jason Rutter | the Digiplay Initiative
www.digiplay.org.uk
Ju Row Farr | Group member of Blast Theory
www.blasttheory.co.uk
Julian Hicks | Managing Director, Gameworld Seven Ltd
http://www.gw7.co.uk
Gordon Dalton | Artist and Writer

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LIVE ARCHIVE RESIDENCY, Cardiff, UK

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Date: Deadline: FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews will be held in Cardiff on Thursday 19th May.
Venue:Chapter
Partner: part of MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, Cardiff festival of creative technology, 28th to 30th October 2005 |
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The artist/s will organise a programme of activity that will draw on existing knowledge and resources within the city. The general public, groups and professionals with a range of backgrounds will be invited to contribute to building a broader picture of Cardiff, connecting the public to the festival and the festival to the public within the context of past, existing and planned projects.

Outline:

Their activity would centre on a laboratory, which would be open to the public during the festival. In addition to ‘passing traffic’, various groups will be invited to a / number of exchange workshops with the artist/s. This commission would attempt to inverse or reorder information for the public, offering new explorations and interpretations to the festival’s theme and programme. More specifically, this commission would address an important aspect of new media ´ how digitised information is ordered and navigated.

A studio will be available at the host, Chapter, during the residency period. For further information on the host visit www.chapter.org. It is thought that the artist will establish a fixed or touring laboratory/studio within the city centre as part of the project.

The festival is being developed between bloc and Chapter. The residency programme for the festival is supported and managed by Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales), the national organisation for public art in Wales. The festival residencies are supported through the National Lottery celebration of Cardiff 2005.

Fee: There is a fee of £4,800 (40 days), materials budget of £2,000, and outreach travel of £250.

Deadline: Posted applications should be received by FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews will be held in Cardiff on Thursday 19th May.

Selection Panel: Hannah Firth (Curator, Chapter/ Festival Director), Emma Posey (Director, Bloc/Festival Director) and Walt Warrilow (Project Manager, Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales).

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal discussion about the residency please email Walt Warrilow: walt@cywaithcymru.org.

Applicants should post their CV, a proposal of no more than 1 side of A4 stating ref: Live Archive, and supporting visual material in slide or CD format to:
Live Archive
Cywaith Cymru . Artworks Wales
Crichton House
11-12 Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff
CF10 5EE
UK

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Ideas and Innovation: Creativity and Artistic Processes in the development of New Media Content and Products

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Date: Friday 16th November 2001
Time: 2.30pm to 6pm
Venue:Chapter Arts Centre
Partner: Chapter Arts Centre |
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This seminar will explore the relationship between ideas and commercial innovation, focusing specifically on how creativity and artistic processes can supplement the development of new media content and products. The seminar will extend the contemporary discussions surrounding the relationship between business and art which, until now, have tended to focus on commercial sponsorship of the arts.

Outline:

With the accessibility of digital technology, many artists are finding they possess intellectual, technical and entrepreneurial skills that have significant ‘market worth’. As individuals or in small groups, there is a growing trend of artists setting up in business, designing new media content and products whilst maintaining their artistic practice. The demands of contemporary art practice nourishes their capacity to be innovative in ways that are manifest in business development. Moreover artists are often imaginative researchers, dynamic thinkers, inventive and concerned with contemporary trends as they are developing ´ valuable assets in the business world.

If there is a recognisable ‘new breed’ of artists who straddle the worlds of business and art it seems reasonable to ask whether as a result of digital technology, emerging artists need to do to become more business-like, and whether businesses are overlooking a valuable asset for wealth generation?

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New Media Curation

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Date: Thursday, 1st April, 2004
Time: 9.30am for 10am to 4pm
Venue:Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells

This day seminar has been programmed for Curators, Commissioners and New Media Practitioners in Wales.

Outline:

Presenters:
Janek Alexander – Director, Chapter Arts Centre
Michael Connor – New Media Curator, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT)
Beryl Graham – Research Fellow in New Media, University of Sunderland and Co-Editor of Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss (CRUMB)
Honor Harger, freelance curator and artist, former Webcasting Curator, Tate.

Currently in Wales, there are few examples where Local Authorities or the Arts Council of Wales have developed arts policies and funding avenues specifically for new media. However, in other areas of the UK there are some good examples of new media projects which have been strategically developed through Local Authorities and Arts Council funding.

Although officers often have a range of responsibilities in various artforms with small budgets, new media’s potential inclusivity, the ability to unlock other funding channels and its emphasis on innovation make it a potential avenue for development. LAs and Arts Councils are promoted as `strategic partnerships’ but often have different strategies ´ can new media be a unifier and means of production and communication.

Presenters from Local Authorities and Arts Councils in England and Wales will present projects and the policies behind them, and discuss some of the issues and challenges of developing new media projects. The presentations will be followed by a round-table discussion on the possibilities for developing arts policies and funding avenues specifically in the area of new media. The event will provide delegates with an insight into a range of new media projects and ideas for developing stronger partnerships.

Contributors:

Simon Mundy | Chair of Bloc, writer and cultural policy advisor

Helen Cadwallader | Visual Arts Officer: Media Arts, Arts Council England: National Office

Emma Geliot | Senior Arts Development Officer (Visual Arts), Arts Council of Wales

Anne Hayes | Digital Media Co-ordinator, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

Sponsors:

This seminar has been financially supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.

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