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Scala Digital Clinic

8:18 am in Programme, Projects by bloc

Date: 25th March 2011
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Media Suite, Scala, Prestatyn
Partner: Scala Cinema and Arts Centre |
Partner: Glyndwr University |

A 10 minute opportunity to present your exciting fledgling ideas, which combine performance and digital technology, to a panel who can advise you on how to take them forward to realise your unique, creative vision.
5.00pm – 6.00pm


Scala Digital Clinic Call
The Scala Digital Clinic has six 10 minutes slots to give away, on a first come first served basis, with each person or collective having just 10 minutes, in a private setting with a panel of experts.
You`ll need to pitch your idea in the briefest, clearest way to verbally get your message across to all present. The session will be informal, with no power point presentations or props. The emphasis will be on ʻspeaking from the heartʼ and getting to the point. After your pitch the time will be given over to brief discussion and advice, exploring avenues for developing your idea and taking it forward. Possible funding sources, further contacts, up and coming opportunities will be suggested so that you can take your performance idea through to fruition.
The bell will ring after 10 minutes.
To take part you can be a student, an individual practitioner or collective, pre-start or an established business, all those present in the clinic have to sign confidential disclosure acts.
Contact Tessa if you wish to book a place

Panel members will include:
Iolo Willaims ACW
Emma Posey bloc
Tessa Elliott northern bloc
Ian MacKenzie-Thurley CYTSER
Karine Decorne Migrations / Dawns i Bawb (tbc)
Kevin Roberts / Danny Hale, Scala
Stuart Cunningham / John McClenaghen / Sonia Di Gennaro, Glyndŵr University

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Garth Pier Sonic Installations

8:17 am in Programme, Projects by bloc

Date: 15 – 20 March 2011
Time: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Garth Pier, Bangor
Partner: Bangor Sound City |
Partner: Glyndwr University |

Weather Gage by Yann Seznec and Tasseography by Elizabeth Edwards and Adam Cooke are sound objects on the far end of Garth Pier, creating unique audio-scapes from discrete data gathered from weather conditions and human interaction.


The installations engage two different interactive approaches utilising micro controllers, situated in the two pavilions at the end of the pier. One work is reliant on natural elements whilst the other is reliant on human interaction. Both celebrate the pier as an active space where refuge can be sought.

Weather Gage
This installation harnesses the power of the wind to play a glockenspiel. A form of digital Aeolian harp, small propellors will generate tiny amounts of electricity, which will activate glockenspiel notes, creating polyphonic and polyrhythmic textures.

Tea, and its place in past, present and future forms the focus for this sound installation. The work seeks to conjure allusions of tasseography, the practice of fortune telling by interpreting the patterns formed by tea leaves in a cup. Using the language and symbolism of divination through the leaves, the piece suggests auditory pasts and futures. Teacup stands as oracle, but the trustworthiness of the reading is to be questioned. Artifice, illusion and fakery are after all other aspects of pier life.

The Garth Pier Tearoom is open from 10am to 4pm Thursday – Sunday and serves `The best scones in North Wales` according to Gabi Thoms.

This is a co-commission between Bangor Sound City and northern bloc




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virtual bloc selected artists announced

8:16 am in Programme, Projects by bloc

bloc is thrilled to announce 3 fantastic new projects selected for our Virtual bloc online commissioning programme. Artists Jason Sweeney, Ross Dalziel and Ellie Harrison will be creating new work for bloc throughout March and April that respond to the virtual bloc rulebase.


The programme launches this month with PUBLIC DEMANDS: BEACH BOY by Jason Sweeney. Jason Sweeney is an Adelaide-based sound artist, musician, composer, filmmaker, web nerd and performance wrangler visit

Ellie Harrison is confused about her identity and her practice falls somewhere between the roles of ‘artist’, ‘activist’ and ‘administrator’ visit

Ross Dalziel is an artist who responds to and reveals technological and social spaces, setting up implausible or unlikely dialogues and relationships between them visit

All projects will be announced shortly.

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La La Scala

8:12 am in Projects by bloc

Date: Friday 25 March 2011
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Scala Cinema , Scala Cinema and Arts Centre
Partner: Glyndŵr University – North Wales School of Art and Design |

An `interactive digital Operetta` : a musical performance based on a poem by Rhys Trimble, the ideas of Zachary De Santos and imagery produced by Fine Art and Creative Media, Glyndŵr University.
Commissioned by northern bloc for the Scala Cinema, Prestatyn.


Drawing on the Scala and Prestatyn`s history and characters such as the cinema`s idiosyncratic founder `Saronie,` the fictional `Maximus the angry` and contemporary experiences, the operetta will be a four part journey through time, emotion and culture.
Featuring live performances from -
Zachary De Santos – free viola & graphical score video wall
Rhys Trimble – vocals/poetry
Hywel Edwards – guitar & orchestration
Walt Shaw – percussion

To book:

Tickets from £3 can be purchased from the Scala box office