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Diffusion Festival

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Ffotogallery and its partners are delighted to announce the first city-wide Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography.
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1-31 May 2013

Diffusion is a new biennial photography festival staged in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city. Alongside international names, Diffusion will showcase some of the best photography and lens-based media talent in Wales, providing a global platform aimed at the wider arts and media community and encouraging new visitors to the capital. The festival will use both traditional and new media to create a strong visual presence across existing venues, found spaces and through interventions in the public realm. It will provide opportunities for creative participation for people of all ages, including artist talks and workshops, a PhotoMarathon, photo book fair and independent publishing weekend, schools’ programmes and photographic rambles around the city. The Diffusion website will also be an exciting interactive platform, enabling visitors to Cardiff and others around the world to join in festival activities.


And Where are We Now?

This was the question we asked artists, cultural producers, curators and programmers to address with their contributions to Diffusion 2013, and the one we will be exploring with audiences and participants. People encounter photographic images daily not only in newspapers, magazines, on TV and in advertising, but also though online channels, mobile phone applications and social networking sites. We live in a time of image glut, and with the boundaries increasingly blurred between artist and audience, amateur and professional, we might ask and where is photography now?

Diffusion examines these cultural shifts and different approaches to artistic production, presentation and distribution. We look at the relationship in photographic art between traditional and new hybrid forms and their place within contemporary visual culture. At a deeper level, the festival interrogates our position in Europe and its wider global ramifications. Diffusion highlights the role of photography, as arguably the world’s most democratic and visible medium, to record contemporary life as lived, to represent urban and rural experience, and to imagine a future orientated new European Identity.

Above all, Diffusion is a celebration of photography and the photographic image, in all its forms. Whether created, published, exhibited, collected or distributed in a physical or virtual way, the photograph has the power to inspire and provoke reaction, to reflect our own experience and that of society evolving around us.

The full festival website with exhibition programme announcements will be launched on 14 February 2013.

Diffusion 2013 is being funded by Arts Council of Wales.

Diffusion acts as a catalyst for long-term collaboration between artists, designers, creative producers, museums and galleries, the education sector and others in the creative industries. Diffusion is being delivered by Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales, in partnership with Bay Art, Chapter, g39, Mission Gallery, National Museum Cardiff, Norwegian Church, Oriel Davies, Oriel Canfas, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, St David’s Hall, Third Floor Gallery, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Swansea Metropolitan University, University of Wales Newport, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Cardiff City Council, Cardiff&Co, European Cultural Foundation, Fotosommer Stuttgart, Le Chateau d’Eau, Lithuanian Photographers Association, Pro Helvetia and Elfen.

—Media Partners

Aesthetica Magazine


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Interactive Art Competition: iNTERFACES

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With the aim of promoting contemporary artistic digital creation and publicize the interactive works of national and international artists, the line of action in Digital Arts of the CITAR – Centre for Research on Science and Technology of the Arts, in partnership with the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University, presents the Interactive Art Competition iNTERFACES (

One of the competitions main objectives is to divulge the competing works to the general public, as well as to digital artists with participating works. The winners exhibition will take place during the 10th International Audiovisual Festival Black&White ( at School of the Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University. A digital repository of all works submitted will also be assembled, in order to give a general view of works created for international calls and competitions by artists from all over the world.

Submissions in the following areas will be considered:

- Interactive audiovisual installation

- Interactive Sound Installation

- Web Art

- Electronic Art

- Interactive or augmented Architecture

- Interactive Dance or Performance

- Interactive Film or Video

- Hypertext and Hyper Narrative

- Virtual and augmented Reality

Submitted works must be received until the 31st of March 2013.

For more informations about the Regulation or the Enrollment process please visit the iNTERFACES web page:

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“STEM to STEAM: Full Circle from Education to Economy” Expert Panel at SXSWedu

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March 4–7, 2013

RISD President John Maeda will moderate panelists from
Sesame Workshop, Adobe, Blue School/Blue Man Group and Yale,
revealing the critical role of art/design in innovation

SXSWedu Conference
500 E 4th St
Austin, TX

STEAM—adding Art and Design to the national imperative around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—is gaining significant momentum as a pathway to economic competitiveness. How (and why) is art and design poised to transform our economy in the 21st century like science and technology did in the last century? How can art and design methods be introduced into STEM curriculum, making science and discovery “visible”? What are some examples of programs that are successfully implementing STEAM practices for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to build for 21st-century careers? What are successful cases of technology in the classroom that enable creativity?

RISD President John Maeda will return to Austin, Texas March 4–7 for the annual SXSWedu conference, and will moderate the panel “STEM to STEAM: Full Circle from Education to Economy,” a discussion on how art and design drive innovation by deepening the value of technological advances and enhancing the processes of scientific learning.

President Maeda will lead a diverse panel of nationally renowned experts who bring distinctive voices to STEAM, including: Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President of Education & Research, Sesame Workshop; Jon Perera, Adobe Vice President of Worldwide Education Marketing; Matt Goldman, Co-founder, Blue Man Group and Blue School; and Ainissa Ramirez, Science Evangelist, Yale University.

The SXSWedu panel will stress the importance of arts integration: the STEAM acronym is a visual reminder of the initiative’s objective to encourage the inclusion of Art + Design throughout primary and secondary education, across disciplines.

“21st-century innovation depends on the problem solving, risk-taking and iteration that is natural to the way artists and designers think,” said RISD President John Maeda. “Creative thinking is required to solve the complex challenges of the day, and to communicate, energize, and engage students of all ages in this learning. Sustaining arts education in its own right remains critically important. But equally important is taking a page from schools that have been successful at integrating the arts into STEM curriculum.”

Adobe’s Perera agrees, positing that “STEAM plays a critical role in positively shaping the future of education—tech tools are not means to themselves, their value is directly tied to what they can and should enable—creativity and innovation.”

Sesame Workshop’s Truglio thinks it’s never too early to start. “As STEM topics continue to be a critical component of early childhood education, it is important to allow children to explore these concepts through various channels, especially the arts. Incorporating the arts into our STEM curriculum was an exciting and natural addition, as Sesame Street has always used music, visual and performing arts as tools to educate and entertain children.”

Blue Man Group and Blue School’s Goldman will talk about Blue School’s approach of weighing creativity, innovation, self and social learning, and collaboration as heavily as all the academic subjects to be responsive to the whole child. “At Blue School, we believe that we can create the conditions for innovation and creativity to flourish by giving our young inquirers the tools to navigate and integrate the skills of scientists and artists. STEAM is essential for creating the innovation that is required for changing the course and trajectory or our world.”

Science evangelist and Yale professor Ramirez says “Creativity is a human need and we do it all the time. The issues of the future need creative solutions that teaching by memorization will not solve. Schools must create a space for creativity so that students can develop this muscle.”

Check out for information on STEAM, case studies on best practices, ways you can gain momentum for STEAM in your own region with legislators, and information on attending SXSWedu in March 2013.

Contact: Jaime Marland,

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Open Call for Artists’ Moving Image

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Sheffield Fringe now in it’s 3rd year is inviting artists’ moving image submissions for our 2013 screening series starting off at Bloc Projects (not us), Sheffield in June 2013.
There are no restrictions in theme or approach as we hope the selection to be a response to artists’ practice interests and theoretical concerns. The works however should not exceed 30 min and have some relationship to ‘actuality’. 
Sheffield Fringe is a small artist-led curatorial project, exploring the confluence point between art & documentary practices through screenings, talks, exhibitions and research. It was first staged as a nano festival in June 2011 to coincide with Sheffield Doc/Fest. We are interested in works, which inspire dialogues, or are playful critiques of the documentary form, of documentation, performance and spectatorship.


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Residency on the Baltic Sea coast

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Deadline for residency applications is February 15, 2013.

Nida Art Colony (NAC) welcomes proposals from artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers for its upcoming summer-autumn residencies on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania.

Thematic Residencies
Duration: 2 months, between March and December 2013.

Techno-ecologies collaborative residencies are offered in partnership with RIXC. Please send your project proposals based on the keywords and your initial research on the specific Neringa issues. More here about the project Techno-ecologies. Individual and group (up to four persons) applications are welcome from artists, researchers, scientists, producers and curators.
Grants: There are five grants available, 700 EUR/month , travel (up to 350 Eur), studio, accommodation and production costs.

Applicants from Europe may apply.


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Computing in Education

Two FREE events for teachers, educators
and parents in Mid-West Wales interested in
computing in education. Come along to learn
about exciting new initiatives to engage young
people. The event will include information on
what Technocamps and CAS Wales can do for
you and free Technoteach taster sessions on
Scratch and App Inventor.

To book a place follow the Eventbrite link or contact Lisa Fisher at
Technocamps on 01970 622454 / lisa.fisher@ Places are limited so book early
to avoid disappointment.

WHEN: Wed 30 Jan 2013, 4.45 – 6.15pm
WHERE: Lampeter School, Peterwell Terrace,
Lampeter SA48 7BX

WHEN: Wed 6 Feb 2013, 4.45 – 6.15pm
Aberystwyth University, SY23 3FE

Hosted by Technocamps in collaboration with Computing at School (CAS)
Mid-West Wales Hub
Technocamps is a partnership project between the Universities of
Aberystwyth, Bangor, Glamorgan and Swansea that inspires young people
aged 11-19 to attend workshops on a range of exciting computing-based
Computing at School is a teacher-led association that promotes and
supports the teaching of Computer Science in UK schools.

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Bootcamps – Holiday Workshops

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A series of FREE 2-day workshops for young people aged between 11-19 years held across Ceredigion.

The workshops are aimed at beginners and those with a keen interest in developing their skills in computing beyond the usual screen and keyboard.

If you don’t know anything about technology, that’s fine. We just need your enthusiasm and ideas.

Spring Half-Term
What: The Secret of Ship Design
Who: Led by Dr Paul Miller (
When: 9.30am to 3pm, Monday 11 and Tuesday 12, February 2013
Where: Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, Cardigan, SA43 1JY
Students are introduced to the three main aspects of ship design; flotation, stability and resistance, through hands-on experiments with model vessels. The knowledge they learn will be applied in a competition using models they design and build.

What: Raspberry Pi – Networked adventure
Who: Led by Richard Shipman (
When: 9.30am to 3pm, Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February 2013
Where: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AX

Outline:  This workshop will introduce you to networking concepts through the development of a game. You don’t need your own raspberry pi or need to know anything about programming.

Easter Holiday
What: App Inventor Robotics – Smartphones meet Lego Mindstorms
Who: Led by robotics expert Dr Fred Labrosse
When: 9.30am to 3pm, Monday 8 and Tuesday 9, April 2013
Where: Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, Cardigan, SA43 1JY
During this workshop we will be creating apps for smartphones, then using these apps to control LEGO MINDSTORMS robots. You don’t need to know anything about apps, programming or robotics.

What: Printcraft – Minecraft meeets 3D printing
Who: Led by Jonathan Roscoe and Paul Harter

When: 9.30am to 3pm, Thurs 11 and Fri 12, April 2013
Where: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AX
Outline: In this bootcamp we introduce the world of 3D printing, a powerful tool in industrial processes that has now entered the hands of hobbyists. Using the popular video game Minecraft, we’ll collaboratively design and build a model city from scratch.

For more details or to book your places go to:
Eventbrite or contact Lisa Fisher at Technocamps on 01970 622454 / Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Technocamps is a partnership project between the Universities of Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Glamorgan that inspires young people aged 11-19 to attend workshops on a range of exciting computing-based topics.

Twitter: @technocamps_AU
Facebook: Technocamps

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Call for Makers

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Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Key points:

UK Maker Faire: Sat 27-Sun 28 April 2013
Entry Close Date: Midnight, Sunday 20 January 2013.
Entry Form


The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you would like to bring to Maker Faire, including links to photographs and/or videos of your project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

For more info click here.

Image source RubotII solves Rubick’s cubes, and paid Maker Faire UK a visit in 2010.

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Open Platforms

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In connection with the Artangel/BBCRadio 4 OPEN Commission

Twelve Open Platforms for artists across the UK are being by hosted by some
of the UK¹s leading arts organisations in cities including Belfast, Bristol,
Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle between January 28 and February 26. The
Platforms are an opportunity to meet Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood
and Michael Morris and artists including Barnard, Deller, Hiorns and Landy.

Full Open Platform listings here:

Open Platform Cardiff
With: Michael Morris, Seb Emina and special guest (tba)
Date: 4 February 2013
Host: National Theatre Wales
Time: 6pm
Venue address: National Theatre Wales Warehouse, Industrial Unit Browning
Jones and Morris Ltd, Dumballs Road, Cardiff CF10 5FE

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Free Workspace for Resident Artist / Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth.

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Applications requested as soon as possible.

Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch is inviting applications from artists who work in the visual arts, film, animation, illustration or digital arts for a place as a resident artist in Canolfan Arad Goch, the company’s production house, in Aberystwyth. The company’s Resident Artist Project offers free workspace for three artists who work in different media: the current resident artists are a musician and a choreographer. The company’s working language is Welsh – so the company is especially interested in supporting Welsh artists. However, Arad Goch also promotes international and inter-cultural activities; therefore we would welcome applications from artists from other countries and languages.

Applications should be sent on paper or through e-mail at, with information about your work, to: ‘Resident Artist’, Jeremy Turner, Cyfarwyddwr Artistig, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, Stryd y Baddon, Aberystwyth SY23 2NN Cymru/Wales.

To find out more click here.