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Mute Magazine Crowdfunding Campaign – If you Like Mute, Support Our writers!

2:16 pm in What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Mute Needs You!
Mute magazine urgently needs your help to continue to pay all the writers, artists, illustrators and photographers who generate our web and print publication. Mute is an essential voice in a publishing landscape gradually being purged of its independent and critical voices as a result of market homogenisation, the internet’s impact on sales, and post-Crunch funding cuts.


See our wefund page and donate here:

The 100 percent cut by the Arts Council of England in 2011 gave Mute a final year of funding which ran out in April 2012. Over the past year we have been busy finding new ways to sustain a magazine which helps give a voice to those resistant to capitalism’s lobotomised conditioning. This hunt has resulted in our collaboration with the Post-Media Lab [] at Leuphana University’s Centre for Digital Cultures and won part-time salaries for some of our staff members.


This has produced a little breathing space to work out new sources of funding, partnerships and technical infrastructures that can support our work without compromising our autonomy. However, one of the urgent areas still necessary to address is the lack of any commissioning budget for the next year.


We need you to help us raise £5,500 so we can keep making the magazine for another year at least, while we continue to find models of survival. The urgency of keeping Mute alive in these times has been brought home by news that critical publications, Third Text and Variant, are also in crisis after suffering funding cuts. The money you donate will go straight back to the community of writers, artists, activists and practitioners who co-create Mute.*

What Does Mute Do?
Mute publishes weekly articles freely accessible online and then compiles many of these into two biannual print editions which allow our content to reach new audiences in different ways, cutting through the info-overload of the net and standing the test of time on public and private bookshelves. We have also started to produce Mute in e-pub formats, providing e-reader versions of articles for subscribers or full issues for people to download. Over the next year Mute will be publishing Volume 3 issues 4 and 5, and we are looking to raise £5,500 to cover the costs of commissioning the content.


What is Mute Planning?
With this additional funding, we intend to develop and refine key areas of analysis and coverage which help to stir up complacent thinking around politics, technology, labour, the city, art, music and everything in between. This coverage will continue to target:
- The materiality of production which underlies our ‘immaterial times’ and the fantasy of ‘living on thin air’
- The production of culture within the cramped spaces of standardised technologies, neoliberalised institutions, post-modernism’s exhaustion of forms and austere times
- The depth of capitalism’s crisis which no amount of Euro bailouts nor ‘march of the makers’ will fix
- The impasse of organisation and revolution after the demise of the workers’ movement and within ‘decentralised’ and globalised networks
- The enclosure and repurposing of the commons – from the human body to the World Wide Web to the National Health Service to the Lammas Lands of East London
- The ‘creative economy’ and its cannibalisation of resistant forms, such as participation, history from below, dematerialisation and self-organisation
- The correlation and discontinuity between new dynamics in capitalism and aesthetic practices



Mute Books
Mute’s editorial team has also been developing a book imprint – Mute Books – over the past few years. The imprint has provided some of the contributors to the magazine with the space to work out issues and ideas that can’t be contained within single articles. The imprint expands Mute‘s publishing ecology of free and priced content in multiple formats which can act across a fragmenting landscape of media, reading and consumption habits.

Any and all donations are deeply appreciated. With all our thanks,

The Mute Team
[Josephine Berry Slater, Darron Broad, Tom Clark, Omar El-Khairy, Caroline Heron, Matthew Hyland, Anthony Iles, Demetra Kotouza, Hari Kunzru, Mira Mattar, Raquel Perez de Eulate, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Laura Oldenbourg, Benedict Seymour, Stefan Szczelkun, Simon Worthington]

With special thanks to Mattin, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Holmes, Shu Lea Cheang, Evan Clader Williams, Suzanne Treister and Graham Harwood for their help in making the video.

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Animation 13

9:54 am in What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Animation13 — The 6th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition — is now open for registration, at

Registration is free and carries no obligation to submit any entries. We won’t share your details with anyone else, we promise. All registered teachers will receive free colour A2-sized Animation13 posters, to be sent out in November. And we’ll keep registered teachers up to date with news about the Competition.

We’d love you to plan to enter Animation13. Some quick details:

* Submission deadline: 22 March 2013

* Open to all UK school students aged 7-19.

* Eligible software: Alice, Scratch, Adobe Flash, Serif: Draw Plus,
KoolMoves, SWiSH Max4 and Blender

* Submitted animations must be no more than 1 minute in length.

* Win fantastic prizes like laptops, game devices and media players.

* Animation13 Awards and Inspirational Computer Science Day: 12 July
2013, at the Martin Harris Centre, The University of Manchester

PhD Opportunity: curating art and science

11:37 am in Opportunities, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Opportunity

“Curating Art and Science: New Methods and Sites of Production and Display”

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London in partnership with The Arts Catalyst, London.


Supervisory team: Dr Harriet Hawkins (RHUL) Prof. Deborah Dixon (University of Glasgow) and Nicola Triscott and Dr Rob La Frenais (The Arts Catalyst)


Recent contemporary arts projects have directly engaged with, or taken as their subject, a range of sites, spaces, practices, ideas, and cultures of science and advanced technology. These trans-disciplinary art projects present highly varied contexts for research, production and exhibition, and working alongside The Arts Catalyst this studentship will investigate the practical, curatorial and production demands posed by these projects. Exploring and potentially participating in the commissioning and curation of arts projects that engage with science critically and experimentally, this studentship will ask research questions including:

  • How do art-science projects engage and extend the practices of curation?
  • What sorts of critical engagements with the spaces of scientific research and artistic production do these projects generate?
  • What lessons can be learnt about the challenges and possibilities these projects raise for cultural producers and curators?
  • How do art-science projects contribute to our understandings of the geographies of art and science?

The award is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the studentship pays post-graduate fees at RHUL and an annual maintenance grant.


Dowload details here


The deadline for applications is 22nd October 2012. The successful applicant will start in January 2013. Interviews will be held in early November.


The Digital Craft Introductory

9:00 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

The Digital Craft Introductory day took place last Friday at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham with the 4 makers who have been appointed for the project. They got an online presentation from Justin Marshall, Associate Professor of Digital Crafts at Falmouth University and then were shown around the equipment of the 3D workshop at Glyndŵr University by Dave Jones. It was a great day with the 4 of them getting inspired. We look forward to seeing what their future discussions will bring.

Art Across The City 2012 Swansea Abertawe

8:33 am in What's Exciting by Nick Smith

LOCWS INTERNATIONAL are pleased to present Art Across The City 2012.
Art Across The City 2012

Various locations across Swansea, Wales, UK.
29 Sept – 11 Nov 2012


Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan – David Blandy – Fiona Curran – David
Marchant – Jock Mooney

Launch Event: 28 September, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, 6.30 -


Joanne Tatham & Tom O¹Sullivan will present two temporary shelters on Museum
Green, decorated with a rainbow pattern and a cartoon cut-out face; David
Blandy has created The Devil meets Dylan Thomas, a videogame where you play
as Swansea¹s literary hero; Fiona Curran uses two trees in the grounds of St
Mary¹s Church for the foundations of An accident slowly waiting to happen;
David Marchant¹s Cowin¹ Lush neon use the drunken scrawls of revellers on
Swansea¹s infamous Wind St; Jock Mooney¹s graphic drawings of Bonnie Tyler,
Swansea Jack and The Swansea Devil are turned into The Swansea Kebab,
situated in Castle Gardens.

These five new commissions are complemented by two further works
commissioned earlier in 2012 by the artists Sean Puleston and Rik Bennett as
part of Locws International¹s Art Across The High Street programme of
ongoing commissions. Five permanent Locws International commissions from
artists further support the 2012 programme. These include Bristow Lloyd,
Mark Folds, Bermingham & Robinson and Niamh McCann and Bedwyr Williams, who
will represent Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

A limited edition print (ed. 10) is available from each of our newly
commissioned artists. Please contact Locws International for details.

A full programme including locations and our Locws Schools programme can be
downloaded from our website

With support from:
Arts Council of Wales
City & County of Swansea
Welsh Assembly Government
National Lottery
Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts
Dulux Decorator Centres
Siriol Fine Art Printers
Swansea City Centre
Marneon Signs

Twitter: @Locws_Art #artacrossthecity
Facebook: Locws International

xCoAx 2013

8:31 am in What's Exciting by Nick Smith

xCoAx 2013: 1st International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (June 2013, Bergamo)

Dates: 27-28 June 2013
Location: University of Bergamo, Bergamo Città Alta, Italy
Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2012

The development of computational tools and media has been radically transforming the landscape for the practice of design, the arts and numerous cultural manifestations. Recognizing this, xCoAx is designed as a multi-disciplinary and nomadic enquiry on arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of new and profitable synergies. It is an event exploring the frontiers of digital arts with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians, that will focus on the relations between what can and cannot be computed, what can and cannot be communicated, what is beautiful and how humans and computational systems intersect in the development of new directions in aesthetics.


You are invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work that includes but is not limited to the following topics:

* Computation
* Communication
* Aesthetics
* X

* Algorithms / Systems / Models
* Artificial Aesthetics
* Audiovisuals / Multimodality
* Creativity
* Design
* Interaction
* Games
* Generative Art / Design
* History
* Mechatronics / Physical Computing
* Music / Sound Art
* Philosophy of Art / of Computation
* Technology / Ethics / Epistemology
* Theory

Important dates

submissions open: September 2012
submission deadline: 31 December 2012
notifications: February 2013
early registration until: 15 March 2013
delivery of final versions until: 1 April 2013
conference: 27-28 June 2013

Additional information and submission details

* All works must be submitted via EasyChair;
* Submissions of papers and artworks must present original material and will be rigorously reviewed in a process that will assess originality, relevance, aesthetic and technical achievements;
* The reviewing will be double-blind; please omit all information about the authors in the submissions;
* Papers may be 4 to 10 pages long, following the xCoAx template;
* Artworks and demos should be accompanied by a two-page short-paper formatted using the same template and by valid URL for access to relevant media assets;
* Submissions should be presented as .doc or .pdf files with all the media files embedded or linked to online resources. Final versions for publication should be delivered in .doc with all the images and other media files attached as independent files;
* All images and media assets must be cleared for publication by the paper’s authors;
* At least one of the authors of each selected contribution must register to the conference before the early registration deadline in order for their work to be published in the proceedings;
* xCoAx’s working language is English;
* Please contact the program chairs at with any questions regarding submissions.

Scientific committee

Alan Dix, Talis and University of Birmingham
Alessandro Ludovico, Academy of Art Carrara
Alison Clifford, University of the West of Scotland
Álvaro Barbosa, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Andreas Muxel, Cologne
André Rangel, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Antonio Camurri, University of Genova
Carlos Guedes, ESMAE-IPP
Chandler McWilliams
Cretien Van Campen, Netherlands Institute for Social Research
Daniel Bissig, University of Zürich
Daniel Schorno, STEIM
David Rokeby, Toronto
Diemo Schwarz, IRCAM
Domenico Quaranta, Academy of Art Brera
Ernest Edmonds, University of Technology Sydney
Golan Levin, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art
Heitor Alvelos, ID+ / University of Porto
Jason Reizner, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Jan Edler, Realities United
Jürg Lehni, London & Switzerland
Kasia Glowicka, Royal Conservatory Brussels
Luísa Ribas, ID+ / University of Lisbon
Luís Gustavo Martins, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Luís Sarmento
Margaret Boden, University of Sussex
Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo
Martin Kaltenbrunner, Kunstuniversität Linz
Matt Pearson, zenbullets
Miguel Carvalhais, ID+ / University of Porto
Miguel Leal, i2ADS / University of Porto
Mitchell Whitelaw, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra
Nathan Woleck, Stetson University
Paulo Ferreira Lopes, CITAR / UCP / ZKM
Pedro Tudela, i2ADS / University of Porto
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra
Philip Galanter, Texas A&M University
Rui Torres, FCHS / UFP
Suguru Goto, IRCAM
Teresa Dillon, Ireland
Tim Boykett
Tim Edler, Realities United
Thor Magnusson, University of Brighton / ixi audio

Organizing committee

André Rangel, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Jason Reizner, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo (Conference Chair)
Miguel Carvalhais, ID+ / University of Porto
Pedro Tudela, i2ADS / University of Porto

twitter: @xcoaxorg

Ignite Amsterdam 20

8:29 am in What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Wednesday September 20, 20:30

In just two years time we’ve put on 19 Ignite Amsterdam shows chock-full of art, design, and theory. Join us for a celebratory night of what we do best: a dozen whirlwind presentations. Featuring tailor-made bikes, food design and home-made liqueur. Please RSVP on our website to let us know you’ll be joining.


Ignite is run by locals, for locals. Fast-paced and merciless, speakers get five minutes to present, making use of twenty slides that auto-advance every fifteen seconds. All presentations are given in English.


Julia van der Meer (mini | galerie), Teun Vonk, Niels ‘t Hooft, Roel de Boer, Wouter van der Sluijs, Natascha Hagenbeek, Karlijn Souren, Baaf Vonk, Art van Triest, Sabrina Verhage, Elian Veltman, Elmar Van Cleynenbreugel.

More information

Doors open at 8pm, the first speaker kicks off at 8.30pm. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. Tickets are €2,- ex membership. You can buy a membership card at the door for €5,-. It’s valid for a month and gives you a discount on, or free entrance to, events and our exhibition.Find out more about the speakers on our website.


Advert for Lead and Support Staff, Technocamps

11:31 am in Jobs, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Technocamps seeks a suitably qualified support staff in the Department of Computer Science. To make an informal enquiry, please contact: Lisa Fisher, Schools Liaison Officer


For the full advert please click here:


8:51 am in Events, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Inventorium would like to invite you to join their next Jelly on the 4th October 2012 which will be taking place in The National Library of Wales.

A day to work, chat & collaborate in a friendly relaxed environment and meet new and likeminded people.

We provide the chairs, sofas, wi-fi, tea, coffee, lunch and you get to meet other interesting people to talk to and bounce ideas off!
Just bring your laptop or whatever you need to get your work done.

Please click here to register your interest and feel free to bring your colleagues and friends!

During the Jelly there will be the opportunity to book clinics with PATLIB Cymru who help make the most of Welsh ideas by providing access to Intellectual Property (IP) information. PATLIB Cymru is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and offers:

  • a free enquiry service
  • access to free online IP databases
  • literature on various aspects of Intellectual Property
  • guidance on patent searching for those who are unsure where to start

To book an appointment during the Jelly, call the Welsh Government Business Information line on 03000 6 03000.

Where: The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. SY23 3BU

When: 4th October 10.00 until 16.00 (but feel free to come and go as you please)



8:47 am in Events, What's Exciting by Nick Smith

Technocamps will be running a weekly club for young people aged between 11 to 19 at Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus from the 12th of September 2012.

See full  Technoclub Advert here