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Ffresh 2006

12:00 am in Festivals by bloc

Date: 16 – 17th February 2006
Website: www.ffresh.com
Location: wales

Outline:

Ffresh, The Student Moving Image Festival of Wales is an annual event which showcases the work of moving image students in Wales. The programme combines screenings with masterclasses and workshops from industry professionals, along with social and networking events.

The 2006 programme includes masterclasses from directors Mike Leigh, Andrew Davies and Maya expert Rob Van Den Bragt.

Admission is £5 per day, which includes admission to all screenings, masterclasses and events. Admission is free to students from a variety of colleges and universities in Wales.

More information is available on the website: www.ffresh.com .

Area: western bloc

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amperSAND 2006: Forum Events for South Wales Digital Media Community

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: Wednesday 25th January 2006, 6:30pm
Website: http://www.ampersandswansea.com
Location: wales

Outline:

The first in the series of amperSAND events will include a presentation by Andrew Lindsay, Director of Animation at Lionhead Studios. AmperSAND events aim to provide professional development and networking opportunities for people involved in the digital media community in South Wales and beyond.

Lionhead Studios is a thriving computer games company based in Surrey. The company has had commercial success with games such as Black & White, Fable and The Movies.

Andrew Lindsay will be talking about the work of the company and aspects of digital animation production including:

An overview of the animation culture at Lionhead Studios
The essential components of successful animation
Incorporating motion capture Animation technology
Sharing assets for quick prototyping
ACT procedural rigging tool
FACE facial animation tool

Entry to the seminar is £3, to include a buffet.

More details and booking information is available on the website: http://www.ampersandswansea.com

Area: southern bloc

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Alfresco TV Seeking Community Enterprises

12:00 am in Jobs by bloc

Location: wales

Outline:

Alfresco Television, based in Cardiff, are looking for community enterprises, community groups or small businesses which benefit the community, for an S4C series.

Participants will receive professional advice and support in realising projects which will benefit the community. Projects could include:

Campaigns to restore community services such as Post Offices.
Recently established businesses or community enterprises which are looking to expand.
Start-up and Pre Start-up community enterprises, facilities and festivals

To express an interest contact Iwan England via email: iwan.england@alfrescotv.co.uk, or telephone researcher, Sian Lloyd Jones on 029 20 550625.

Area: all wales

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North Wales – Software Developers Special Interest Group (NW-SDSIG)

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: Tuesday 7th February, 5:30pm until 8:00 pm
Location: wales

Outline:

Refreshments will be available from 5.30 until 6.00 pm

6:00 pm: The presentation

´Online Learning Preaching or Practice?”

The talk will contain an overview of e-learning and the difficulties of setting up an authentic course. How the real world of education differs from theoretical!

Stefano Ghazzali
Learning Technologist
Manchester Business School Worldwide
Tel 44 (0)1248 672222
http://www.mbs-worldwide.ac.uk
s.ghazzali@bme.ac.uk

Stefano is a Learning Technologist for Manchester Business School Worldwide (MBSW).
MBSW is the Distance learning arm of Manchester Business School which specializes in delivering off-campus Postgraduate programs.

7:30 pm: Bulletin Board and WebLog Development:

After the presentation everyone will be invited to review the soon-to-be-launched NW-SDSIG Bulletin Board and also the NW-SDSIG WebLog. Please sign-up, make editorial contributions and provide feedback for future development, to promote NW-SDSIG activities.

Call for Future Presentations:

Anyone interested in providing a short presentation at future evenings should contact Robert or Judith during the evening or by email at anytime.

Please register your attendance as soon as possible: itwales@informatics.bangor.ac.uk

Dr Robert Gittins MBCS
rgittins@informatics.bangor.ac.uk
01248388245

Judith Pike
judith@informatics.bangor.ac.uk

Area: northern bloc

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Digital Media Assistant

12:00 am in Jobs by bloc

Date: 27 January 2006
Website: www.pva.org.uk
Location: england

Outline:

PVA Media Lab in Dorset are seeking to appoint a part-time Digital Media Assistant. The post holder will be required to offer technical and creative support in this established media studio. Familiarity with Macintosh and PC hardware and software is essential, along with excellent organisational and communication
skills.

The post is part-time; 2 days per week starting February/March 2006.

A full job description is available on the website (www.pva.org.uk) or by emailing mandy@pva.org.uk.

PVA is a dynamic, creative media-led space which supports artists to explore, research and develop new projects. It provides access to facilities including video, audio, broadband access and digital imaging. Projects are realised through a range of residencies, commissions, public events, workshops and bespoke training for a range of clients.

Deadline for Applications: 6pm January 27 2006
Interviews: Saturday February 4 2006

Area: not in wales

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Bataville: we are not afraid of the future

12:00 am in Events by bloc

Date: Friday 13th January 2006, 6.30pm
Website: www.bata-ville.com
Location: england

Outline:

Bata-ville, a new film by Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie will be screened on Friday 13th January at the RCA.

The screening, at 6.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1 is a free event primarily for Interaction Design students. Any spare places can be made available to students from other departments or visitors to the college. Places must be booked through: brigitte.lelievre@rca.ac.uk

Bata-ville is a bittersweet record of a coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire in Zl¡n in the Czech Republic. Against the backdrop of regeneration in their local communities, former employees of the now-closed UK shoe factories in East Tilbury (Essex) and Maryport (Cumbria) are led on a journey that begins as a free holiday but soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what entrepreneur Tomas Bata’s maxim ´We are not afraid of the future” means for them in 21st century Britain.

Inspired by the contrast between the idealism of Bata and the more recent industrial decline of East Tilbury and Maryport, host / directors Pope & Guthrie lead this unorthodox coach party on a journey through Bata’s legacy.

The 93 min. documentary is artist/directors Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie`s first feature which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2005.

`A strange, defiantly unclassifiable work combining elements of travelogue, documentary and performance piece. Bata-ville takes one of the archetypical aspects of British life, the holiday coach trip, and overlays it with a number of social, cultural and historical pre-occupations. Charming is a problematic word, usually invoked to damn with faint praise, yet it seems entirely appropriate here: this is a charming, yet quietly provocative film.`

Shane Danielse
(Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival)

The screening will be followed at 8.00 pm by a short Q&A session with director Nina Pope chaired by Brendan Walker.

The film has many RCA connections, Pope is currently a Tutor on the Interaction Design course, where she works with composer Tim Olden. Her fellow director Karen Guthrie is an RCA graduate, as are the project graphic designers David Eveleigh Evans & Ré Dubhthaigh and the film`s costume designer Janice Turner.

Area: not in wales

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Helfa Gelf (Open studios)

12:00 am in Events by bloc

Date: Applications by 9.00am 10th January 2006
Website: http://www.helfagelf.org
Location: wales

Outline:

Helfa Gelf is a new annual ‘open studios’ event for visual artists and crafts people in Conwy county. Launching in May 2006 it is expected to mirror the success of other open studio projects – becoming an eagerly anticipated yearly event, drawing in ever increasing numbers of visitors and providing financial opportunities and promotion for the wealth of visual artists and crafts people in the county.

Helfa Gelf are looking for artists to register for this new open studios project. Artists and craftspeople working in Conwy who want to get involved – you can download an application form (and find out more about Helfa Gelf) at http://www.helfagelf.org

or by contacting the Helfa Gelf team at:
Helfa Gelf, PO Box 10, Trefriw, LL26 9AA / post@helfagelf.org / 078 100 47 192

The applications must be in by 9.00am 10th January 2005.

Area: northern bloc

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MY DAD`S STRIP CLUB ! performance lecture

12:00 am in Events by bloc

Date: 19:30 thursday 15 december 2005 (doors open 19:00)
Website: http://amino.org.uk
Location: england

Outline:

amino, in association with BALTIC, presents performance lectures series 2:

MY DAD`S STRIP CLUB

performance lecture

`I`m all for people doing what makes them happy, even if it involves the purchase of shoddy but alluring lingerie.`

As mistress of the grab and swipe Ange Taggart exposes the Strip Club’s love of `the art of reclaiming space` demonstrating it`s all out there for the taking. Putting embarrassment aside she addresses the delicate subject of carnal knowledge of Coke machines. The comedy in her work is very close to anger, and excites all kinds of stuff in on-lookers. It’s also very cheap.

My Dad’s Strip Club slips through the gap between the dissatisfied shopper and consumer culture in the commercial zones of supermarkets, banks and store windows. My Dads Strip Club seasonal lecture champions the Christmas shopping experience with a presentation that deals with the art of `good service` whilst reclaiming the spaces sold to us as simply for shopping.

http://www.mydadsstripclub.com

Area: not in wales

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new filmakers show case

12:00 am in Exhibition by bloc

Date: 2006 (to be confirmed)
Website: www.thesaltgallery.co.uk
Location: england

Outline:

New film makers show case

there is no application form just post your VHS and DVD`s to – (enclose an SAE for returns)

the salt gallery, 57 fore street, hayle, cornwall, tr27 4dx tel/fax 01736 753356

please note applications cannot be made by email.

the salt gallery has a program of video and installation work in – the front room. Supporting local and national artists that are emerging and established. We are looking for 5 new film makers (that have graduated in the last 3 years) for a show case. We prefer new work, but selection is made entirely on the strength of your piece. We do not limit context, content or length but are looking for highly original work.

Work will be shown on multiple televisions or LCD screens which can be positioned on the walls or plinths, in 2006. (final dates to be confirmed)

Note : We do not project film in our space because the light is so intense that it cannot be seen except by blacking out the room. The room can be seen until midnight by evening passersby and we like this extended viewing by a different public that may not come into the gallery normally.

Area: all wales

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Turn your bright idea into a business venture

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: 8th December 2005, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: wales

Outline:

This seminar/workshop is for all who are interested in finding out what help is available to set-up in business. It throws the light on how to start up your own business and translate your idea into a viable business venture. It is interactive, informal with lunch provided.

Area: northern bloc