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Hacktion Lab in Wye Valley

8:40 am in Events, Festivals, What's Exciting by bloc

BarnCamp is a low-cost rural DIY skillsharing event open to everyone, including UK activists, campaigners, people involved in social and community groups, and anybody else with an interest in technology and how to subvert it to put it to good use. All skill levels are invited and we promise that workshops are not too geeky due to our infamous nerd gag.

This year’s BarnCamp is based around the theme of “Networks & Collaboration”; so a kind of CollabCamp. The main workshop days take place on the 7th, 8th & 9th June 2013.

Just £32 in advance including camping and food. Book you place at BarnCamp today!

The list of workshops for this year’s BarnCamp is in development.

BarnCamp 2013 low-down

Fri 7th, Sat 8th and Sun 9th June 2013
(staying on site available between 5th to 10th, production crew from Wednesday 5th)
Highbury Farm, Redbrook, Lower Wye Valley.
£35 (on the gate), £32 (in advance), concessions available upon request.
four nights camping included
breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon included (9 meals).
you need to book to come as we have to know numbers for food and workshops. Book on-line at our dedicated web site.
buses from Chepstow and Monmouth, parking in Redbrook village, and on-site for live-in vehicles, hiking. Mass “bike to BarnCamp” exodus from Bristol/Chepstow to site planned for Thursday evening.
Excitement Factor
Top Notch. Go here for more info on workshops
To get involved in planning and organising BarnCamp 2013, join our Mailing List and say hello.

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Diffusion Festival

11:34 am in Festivals, What's Exciting by bloc

Cardiff International Festival of Photography
1—31 May 2013

Festival Guide Available Now!

The Diffusion Festival Guide, designed by Elfen, is now available to download as a pdf from the front page of the Diffusion website. It’s packed full with all of the essential details you will need for planning your festival visit, including snippets about each exhibition and when/where to go, key events, workshops, activities, how to get here, places to stay, eat and drink while you are here, as well as a map to guide you around the city – all in one handy place!

The print Guide will also be available at all festival venues throughout May and can be picked up from next week at Chapter, The Cardiff Story, St David’s Hall, National Museum Cardiff as well as other venues, cafes and bars across Cardiff.

Happy planning!

Click here to see the full events programme.

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What Works: Wales

10:55 am in Seminars, What's Exciting by bloc

Date: 17.05.2013 12:00 – 16:30

Location: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

The event will focus on whether Wales could be a leader in Europe as an experimental lab championing evidence-based policy and public sector innovations. Using its size and close connections between policy makers, practitioners and academic institutions, Wales could set a new standard for how public services experiment and apply ‘what works’. The aim of this seminar is to generate discussion regarding how we could make this happen.

Confirmed speakers include:

Sir Adrian Webb, Chair of Wales Committee, BIG Lottery Fund – Event Chair
Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer, NHS Wales – Keynote Presentation
Professor Gareth Rees, Director of WISERD
Dr John Parkinson, Director of The Wales Centre for Behaviour Change

Agenda (more details to follow)

12.00 Registration and networking lunch

13.00 Speaker and Q&A sessions

15.00 Breakout sessions

16.30 Finish

Register here

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Rhôd 2013: Future Nature Culture 26 May -1 June 2013

10:19 am in Exhibition, Launch, What's Exciting by bloc

Rhôd would like to invite you to Rhôd’s fifth annual exhibition, Future Nature Culture with a Preview on Sunday 26 May and continuing until Saturday 1 June 2013.

Future Nature Culture

Maria Rebecca Ballestra (Italy), Stefhan Caddick (Powys), Rawley Clay (Vale of Glamorgan), Helen Clifford (Cardiff), Pascal-Michel Dubois (Caerphilly), Johana Hartwig (Cardiff), Jo Lathwood (Bristol), Matthew Smith (London), Fern Thomas (Swansea), Sean Vicary (Ceredigion), Andrew Webster (Cornwall)

Preview: 26 May 2013
Exhibition until 1 June 2013

Rhôd’s fifth annual exhibition, Future Nature Culture, invited artists to consider the future of the relationship between nature and culture. It asks artists and audiences to respond to this context, to re-interpret and re-imagine the relationship between nature and culture, beyond exploitation and idealization, towards a future in which we acknowledge ourselves as not separate from, but an intrinsic part of, nature, and the responsibility this implies.

For further details please visit:

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Call for Artists in Residence 2013

10:10 am in Residency, What's Exciting by bloc

Pixel Palace are inviting applications from artists working in new technologies and moving image for this year’s Artists in Residence programme based at the Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK).

The Artists in Residence programme is now in its third year, offering three artists the opportunity to develop new work within a peer supported environment that engages with the working cinema and its surroundings. Following an atelier process, this programme presents an active period of time to develop and research new work.

An integral part of the Artists in Residency programme is an active engagement with The Factory, our group of young artists aged between 14-19 years, who work collaboratively on as seasonal basis to create new work alongside professional artists.

The Artist in Residence 2013 programme will begin on Monday 26 August and end on Friday 25 October. Artists must be based at the cinema throughout the whole residency period.

* WHEN: Monday 26 August – Friday 25 October 2013.

* PAYMENTS: A shared studio space for 2 months, development fee of £2800 for lead artist and £2500 for UK based artists, travel expenses for one advance return journey from place of origin to Newcastle and back, 2 months accommodation in Tyne and Wear, material and/or production costs of up to £300, access to the Tyneside Cinema’s resources including an editing suite as well as standard AV software.

* APPLY: Details on the website –

* Application Deadline: _- 26 April 2013 -_

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Microworld : Acadia @ Arcadecardiff

7:58 pm in Events, Exhibition, What's Exciting by bloc

Arcadecardiff Queens Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 2BY – 21st May to 2nd June

This May, Genetic Moo will be creating Microworld : Arcadia – a ‘living’ art space in a gallery in Cardiff, which will grow, transform and evolve in response to user activity. For two weeks, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in an interactive digital ecology.

Genetic Moo will be projecting several of our creatures around the gallery. These creatures will interact with
1) the audience
2) the gallery space
3) each other.

Over the course of the show new creatures will be introduced, modified and rearranged (including some made by the audience and other artists). Some creatures will struggle some will thrive. We are trying to create a super rich interactive environment where even we, the artists, do not know what will happen next. The show is an experiment in active audience engagement – which we think is vital for new art today.

We will working with a number of other interactive artists and also be hosting a range of events and workshops throughout the two weeks. Workshops will include simple guides to Programming & Designing for interaction, Processing, Kinect & Arduino.

If you would like to get involved then please contact Genetic Moo at We are happy for anyone to bring along any project and run it in the space and see how it interacts with the audience and other art works. This could be for a few hours or a day or two. We are particularly interested in Cardiff based makers and artists. Projects could be light / audio / electronic / robotic / digital / performance based. There will be a spare projector and PC for people to run works on if needed. Projects can be at any stage of development, hopefully people will come and test things out. We are not so interested in traditional ‘inactive’ art forms – we want to create an exciting and engaging experience for all. Thanks.

More information on the event can be read on our website