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Personal Political Broadcast

11:53 am in Commission, Programme, Projects by KathrynLambert

Broadcast LIVE from an anonymous hotel room in the centre of England on Thursday 5 May at 10AM GMT, artist Ellie Harrison used a variety of regional accents to attempt a subjective interpretation of the systems of government in use in Scotland, Wales and the wider UK. Examining the inconsistencies in the electoral systems in use in each, she made the case for UK parliamentary reform, whist exploring the impact of devolution on personal identity in post-Britain.

“I am confused about my identity. In a newly devolved Britain, so different from the 80s in which I grew up, I find myself uneasily straddling three nations – with Scotland as my adopted home, England my place of birth and Wales the land of my heritage – unsure of the extents of the new relationships and borders that are slowly forming between the three.”

Ellie Harrison

Commissioned by bloc as part of the virtual bloc programme.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

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Fishermen Friends

8:23 am in Programme, Projects by bloc

Fishermen FriendsFishermen Friends is a blog based project by artist Ross Dalziel to document research into marine traffic observation for coastal Wales. A virtual bloc commission, it aims to reveal a hidden technical celebration of the coastline and the constant flow of shipping data that underpins the mechanisms of global trade and commerce.


Inspired by Marine Traffic, an academic, open, community-based project hosted by the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean, Greece.

`There is a poetry and technical joy to the flow of data and community underlying ship plotting and marine traffic observation. For me it recalls everything from the post war mass observation project, `The Science of Us` and the community of planespotting and the radio enthusiast. These people are essentially interested in observing systems for a range of agendas, some well defined, academic or working on self contained and personal logics.

Im interested in the history or archaeology of `the network` how older network systems like shortwave radio still work in parallel with contemporary GPS and radar to observe and manage the flow of goods and data. I like to think of these technical worlds as the invisible network akin to an invisible literature; they seem disconnected to the social or cultural world but I`d argue they have considerable impact there.

Once you get the ship spotting bug its easy to get lost in the myriad journeys across the planet passing by our own local well known places.`

Ross Dalziel

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

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8:22 am in Programme, Projects by bloc

Date: 14 – 25 March 2011
Venue: An audience project by Jason Sweeney

An audience project by Jason Sweeney
Check out Jason`s latest performances online and provoke him with your demands!


For 2 intensive weeks (14-25 March 2011) media artist/composer/performance maker (and coastal resident), Jason Sweeney will engage in an intensive creative stand-off and endurance test between himself and his audience.

Based at Jason’s beach house studio in the southern coastal region of South Australia, this project seeks to find ways to build a new online community/audience by soliciting online public submissions that activate him to undertake a series of daily documented performance tasks and then upload this material to a live central vlog-site.

Submit your demand online here:

Or email your response to: `Devise and document a 1 minute performance on southern coastline about…`to

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

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Cynghanedd Poetry iApp

8:18 am in Programme, Projects by bloc

Date: 31st March 2011
Time: 4pm
Venue: Creative Industries Building, Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch campus, Wrexham
Partner: Academi |
Partner: Glyndŵr University |

Cynghanedd Poetry iApp is for professional poets and interested amateurs. It is both a rhyming dictionary and cynghanedd reference, exploring structures of cynghanedd poetry through a contemporary, intuitive digital interface.


Developed by Eurig Salisbury, cynghanedd poet and Research Fellow at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, together with Dan Berry, illustrator, interactive designer and lecturer at Glyndŵr University and Jonathan Jones-Morris, programmer and technical director SURGERY-Digital Art Research, Porthmadog.

This launch of the alpha Cynghanedd Lite iApp is part of the a day of events at the Official Opening of the Creative Industries Building, Glyndwr University.

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By invitation only – however the Cynghanedd iApp will feature in the `Create a Poetry App in a Day` workshop at the Creative Industries Building in May 2011

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Gareth Davies

6:41 pm in Board Members by bloc

Gareth has industry experience that spans 20 years across multiple creative and production disciplines on tv commercials,  feature films, tv dramas, corporate, promos and interactive media.  For clients including, Guess Jeans (USA) Accurist (UK) Lynx (UK) Greenpeace (USA) and Velux (Germany). Working in senior management with digital agencies and the education/training sector, clients include Masdar (UAE), Hydrogen Energy (UK/UAE/USA), BP (worldwide) and CNN (USA), Limkokwing University (Malaysia) and Imagimax animation (Thailand).

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Kathryn Lambert

6:36 pm in Team by bloc

Kathryn has over 12 years of experience of working in the arts as a commissioner, collaborator and curator of art and technology. She is an experienced producer, project manager and fund raiser and has extensive experience of working with artists, partners, funders and the public.

Kathryn Lambert was Creative Director of folly for over 7 years where she was responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation before joining bloc. She has initiated and developed projects such as Abandon Normal Devices, Portable Pixel Playground, Digital Artists Handbook and Current; an experiment in collecting digital art.

Kathryn is passionate about presenting compelling work with brilliant artists outside of the gallery in both challenging and rural environments and online and is committed to seeking out and taking risks with new modes of production, presentation and distribution.

Kathryn lives in Pembrokeshire with her husband and 2 children.

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Paul Freeman

6:18 pm in Advisors by bloc

Paul brings 15 years experience in the blue chip and SME business environment holding a variety of key positions including business consultant, business development manager, sales manager and contact centre manager.

Paul has spent the last 6 years consulting in over 40 different businesses from Apple computers to the Chambers of Commerce in the areas of contact centre performance management, operations review, change programmes, new business development, marketing, CRM, sales and business performance management and business growth. Paul has assisted many businesses in improving performance, turnover and profit from between 15-30%. Paul has worked with businesses and call centres across all industries from finance, health, government, telecoms and SME’s.

Paul is a certified Advanced Performance Management consultant and has been accredited, as a Registered COPC 2000 Auditor is Prince 2 qualified and is currently working towards CIPD qualification. This extensive work with customers allows Paul to bring solutions to the business that benefit the entire organisation. Paul has successfully lead many businesses through performance enhancements; concentrating on the people and process side of the equation while increasing the efficiencies of the technology.

Paul’s area of expertise is creating high performance work cultures, utilising advanced change management techniques.

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Michael Tooby

6:17 pm in Advisors by bloc

Since March 2006 Mike has been Director, Learning and Programmes, Amgueddfa Cymru -National Museum Wales. He was previously Director, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff. He was founding Curator, Tate St Ives. He previously held posts at Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge,

He has served on a variety of advisory bodies, most recently for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for the culture programme, 2012 London Olympics, and for visual arts sector review, Arts Council England.

From 1999 – 2004 he was Chair of “engage”, the UK association for visual arts education in museums, galleries and public art, continuing as board member. He was external examiner in museums, arts and cultural management, City University London, 2002-7. He chaired the steering group for the first ‘Wales Pavilion’ at the Venice Biennale 2003, and was a member of steering group for 2005.Mike was for five years involved in ‘Collect and Share’, the Engage led EU European network for promotion of good practice in lifelong learning and the arts and heritage.

He has written for a variety of contexts about community based practice, cultural tourism, 20th century and contemporary art and applied art. He was an assessor of the architectural competition, and co-curatorial advisor for the opening exhibition, at the New Art Gallery, Walsall 1995 – 2000. He was recently part of the professional and academic seminar ‘Noves Politiques per al tourisme cultural’ at Fundacio Catalunya, Barcelona.

He has been a visiting lecturer and professor at colleges and universities throughout the world. He has research interest in Canadian art, curated two major exhibitions of Canadian art in the 1980s, and was MacReady lecturer in Canadian art in 1996. He is presently Visiting Professor in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the University of Glamorgan.

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Lucy Kimbell

6:16 pm in Advisors by bloc

Lucy Kimbell works as an artist and interaction designer. She is Clark Fellow in Design Leadership at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where among other things she teaches design thinking to MBA students and researches service design and innovation. She was previously AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and tutor on MA Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art. Her recent arts projects disturb evaluation cultures in management, technology and the arts.

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Peter Davies

6:15 pm in Advisors by bloc

Peter Davies was born in Swansea and studied at Swansea College of Art, Goldsmiths, and the Royal College of Art. He then taught in the USA at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. At Northern Arts he was Head of Visual Arts for 18 years and developed Grizedale, Public Arts programmes and Artists’ Support programmes. In Wales, PETER was commissions Director Cardiff Bay Arts Trust and later was Head of Visual Arts and Crafts for the Arts Council of Wales. More decently he works as Head of Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland. Peter has also undertaken a range of consultancies which include ‘The Arts and Crafts Strategy for the City of Edinburgh’, ‘A review of Open Access Facilities in Scotland’ which brought about New Media Scotland, Dundee Contemporary Arts, and Visual Arts & Crafts for the National Eisteddfod. He is a Founder Member of the BECA Group. Worked with Locus + establishing two AHRC Collaborative PhD studentships and has recently curated exhibitions in the National Glass Centre and for the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore.