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Interns Wanted!

1:33 pm in Jobs, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic interns to join the AND team in the lead up to the festival.

The internships at Abandon Normal Devices provide valuable sources of work experience for keen festivalists, programmers and artists. Interns are crucial members of the festival team and without them we wouldn’t be able to deliver on the scale we do.

There are two paths to entry currently available: Marketing & Communications and Programme Delivery.

To apply and for further information visit:

The closing date for applications is 12pm, Mon 11 June 2012.


22 – 23 June: AND Festival Launch

1:29 pm in Events, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

We are pleased to invite you to a preview of the 2012 Abandon Normal Devices Festival on Fri 22 – Sat 23 June.

Expect a night of comic deviance with the world premiere of Andrew Kötting & Iain Sinclair’s much awaited feature film Swandown on Friday, followed on Saturday by the UK premiere of AL and AL’s cinematic homage to Alan Turing, The Creator (pictured above).

We will also launch two exhibitions. At Cornerhouse, Manchester we welcome It’s Cool, I’m Good, the first UK solo exhibition by American artist Stanya Kahn. FACT in Liverpool will see the opening of The Humble Market: Trade Secrets, an exhibition featuring Zecora Ura, Persis-Jade Maravala, Alastair Eilbeck, Jorge Lopes Ramos and James Bailey.

For further details including a schedule of events please visit:

Facebook event page:

ffotogallery Opportunities

10:11 am in Jobs, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Ffotogallery is embarking on an ambitious development programme over the next three years which includes coordination and delivery of ‘diffusion – the first Cardiff International Festival of Photography – and development of our accredited course programme and production facilities. To this end, we will be supplementing our existing team with two new appointments – Creative Producer (Exhibitions & Events) and Courses & Production Facilities Co-ordinator.  Both posts are for one year initially, with potential for an extension subject to funding.

Creative Producer (Exhibitions & Events)

£22 – £25,000 per annum, full-time

Deadline: Noon 31 May 2012

The Creative Producer (Exhibitions & Events) is expected to play a key role in developing and producing exciting and critically engaged artistic programmes. Working closely with the Director, he/she will be central to planning and delivery of the exhibition and publishing programme and gallery-based or offsite activities and events (including the international festival in 2013).

Courses & Production Facilities Co-ordinator

£14 – 16,000 pro rata, 4/5 days per week negotiable

Deadline: Noon 31 May 2012

The Courses & Production Facilities Co-ordinator’s role is to ensure efficient and effective administration of Ffotogallery courses and facilities, being responsible for coordination of workshops, classes, assessments and production facilities; proactively marketing and publicising Ffotogallery’s learning portfolio and acting as a point of contact for participating individuals and organisations.

For more information please visit the website by clicking here

Analogue Web Portal : Launch

10:05 am in Events, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Real Institute launches its groundbreaking web service with a special interactive performance. Working with a team of specially trained experts, two pencils, a large booth and some pointy arrows, we will enable you to visit the now legendary INTERNET in Real Time via our specially developed Analogue Web Portal.

Some day all internet access will be made this way.

• Fri 22 June 11am – 4pm
• Sat 23 June 11am – 1pm (followed by talk).

• The artists and Oriel Davies team will be holding an open conversation after the performance on Saturday 23rd at 1pm

• This event is free, it is delivered in partnership with Axis and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales. Check: where related things will happen online.

Facebook Event Page

Obsolete Technologies of the Future Call for Projects

10:00 am in Opportunities, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Ljudmila, Digital Medialab of Ljubjliana, in collaboration with SGMK of Zurich and Medialab-Prado are seeking for proposals for an upcoming workshops in collaborative prototyping which will be hold in Ljubljana (September 5 – 15, 2012) with the participation of advisors, technical assistants.

Deadline: June 8, 2012
Call for Collaborators: starting July 2, 2012
Project development(workshop): September 5- 15, 2012

Suggested areas of focus include:

  • Projects that suggest different usages of existing urban technological infrastructures
  • Rethinking outdated technologies and recycling the computer and IT wasteland
  • Projects which allow people to interact with technology to provoke new ways of perceiving the surrounding, the self, the visual, the material, and stimulate aesthetic experience
  • Particular attention will be paid to projects which promote open source communities, collaborative work and collective modes of behaviour
  • Playing with data – submissions for works, which connect data forms and physically embody data streams, bridging Œon¹ and Œoff¹ line worlds
  • Products and services that provide sustainable solutions for our needs, including the use of open data, data mash ups and remixes.

We are seeking proposals for:

  • Installations (interactive, responsive, generative)
  • Performances (participatory, gesticular, dance)
  • Visualisations (moving images, generative, projections, holograms)
  • Free Software (FLOSS) / Open Hardware / Open Design / Services / Start-ups / Apps / Devices

The open call is aimed at designers, artists, engineers, coders, sociologists, architects, city planners, teachers, programmers, psychologists, journalists, environmentalists… or to any other person interested in the theme of the workshop.

Complete information and guidelines:

Access Space Artist Residencies 2012 at Refab Space

9:52 am in Residency, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Access Space Artist Residencies 2012 at Refab Space

Open Call

Access Space is delighted to announce four artist residencies at its recently developed Refab Space – one in July and three from 4th September to 15th December.

We are inviting artists, composers, hackers, designers, engineers and creative technologists to explore emerging artforms and curatorial practise in Refab Space, Access Space’s DIY FabLab.

The application deadline for the July residency is Wednesday May 16 and deadline for the Autumn residencies is Monday 18 June.

Each 15 working day residency offers an artist fee of 1500 GBP, self-catering accommodation, a modest budget for materials and a contribution towards travel.

In return artists will create a new work for a physical exhibition.

Further information and application forms:


Digital Craft Commission

9:42 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

bloc is commissioning four Wales-based makers to explore remote collaborative working using digitally facilitated co-design and production facilities.

The makers will collectively design the work online using open-source co-design software and then produce the craft work using computer-aided manufacturing facilities, such as rapid prototyping, available at Glyndwr University.

In collaboration with Helfa Gelf


The creative team include artist/maker Justin Marshall



Global Bridge Player Commission

9:38 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

bloc has commissioned Jodi Rose to create a smart-phone app which allows anyone to capture bridge sounds. Jodi Rose is a Australian sound artist living in Barcelona and working with the sounds generated by suspension bridges. She has ‘miced up’ bridges across the globe using contact microphones and expensive accelerometers to create live performances and recordings.

For bloc’s commission, Jodi will create a smart-phone app ‘Global Bridge Player’ which, by utilising the phone’s built-in accelerometer, will enable anyone to capture bridge sounds cheaply. The creative team include artists John Matthias and Jane Grant from The Fragmented Orchestra

Holographic Commission

8:46 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

bloc is commissioning a visual artist to explore and develop potential for holographics in the commercial fine-art sector. The artist will work at View Holographics workshops in OpTIC, St Asaph, to create unique artworks utilising cutting-edge holographic techniques developed at View Holographics.

View Holographics is pushing the boundaries in holographic technologies, developing ground-breaking techniques in full colour 3D imaging.

Computing ++

3:58 pm in What's Exciting by Nick Smith

About Computing++

The main and overriding goal of this campaign is to facilitate computer science in becoming a main stream subject in primary and secondary schools by 2014.
The biggest obstacle to this is the gap in skills and confidence that exists in schools and so to enable teachers to deliver computer science lessons we are calling upon our coders to lend a hand and help teachers to learn to code.

 The hope is that beyond teaching a few skills a great deal more can be gained from the relationship between a school and an IT professional from giving a realistic perspective to pupils to the creation of engageing and relevent lesson content.

This scheme is in its infancy so look out for additional resources. Our FAQs section gives some more specific information about the scheme and how to get involved.

Computing++ is voluntary but if you are interested please visit the website for more information