You are browsing the archive for bloc.

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Wild Hack Haverfordwest

12:49 pm in Programme, What's Exciting by bloc

Presented by bloc in association with The Lab Haverfordwest.

bloc brought together an amazingly diverse group of 35 people from the fields of art, technology and the outdoors for our first ever Wild Hack on Saturday 24th October.

Wild Hack Haverfordwest was established to kick start bloc’s concept of Wild Technology (inspiring people to get outdoors using art and technology imaginatively) and to begin to invent new tools and/or resources to inspire people to use the wonderful wild spaces on Haverfordwest’s doorstep.

Wild Hack Haverfordwest saw computer scientists working alongside artists, local residents and outdoor experts from the fields of archaeology, adventure, hydrography, foraging and much more.

Participants ranged from organisations such as Cardiff School of Art & Design, National Trust Wales, Field Studies Council, TYF Adventure Group and Forest Schools Wales etc.

It was a wonderfully fast and energetic event and we hope that we have built the start of a Wild Technology Network to take this concept further.

We want to thank everyone for their valuable input and time and are happy to share the following images from the event.

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography

9:17 am in Festivals, What's Exciting by bloc

22 September 2015

Ffotogallery and its partners are delighted to announce the second edition of Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography. With over 20 separate exhibitions Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography will take place in diverse venues across Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Bay and Penarth. Displays will occupy disused shops, the former National Express ticket office, a cinema and bowling ring complex and derelict Victorian buildings that were once used by coal merchants. In addition the festival will take over Cardiff’s key arts venues from Ffotogallery and Chapter to the Wales Millennium Centre and the Norwegian Church. Featuring a number of new commissions and premieres as well as work by up and coming artists from both sides of the Atlantic, Diffusion is both a celebration of the power of photography and an exploration of the many different aspects of ‘The American Dream’. Images from 50 international, UK and Wales based photographers will make up the programme for Diffusion 2015, many of whom will be in Cardiff to discuss their work and take part in a Portfolio Review on October 29th, followed by cialis pas cher an International Symposium at Chapter on the 30th. Festival Director David Drake explains: “The American Dream still holds an important place in the public imagination, and Diffusion will explore different aspects of contemporary American experience and influence, from both sides of the Atlantic. We are especially interested in exploring Wales’ relationship with the Americas, North and South, including of course Patagonia, for which 2015 marks the 150 year anniversary of the Welsh presence there”.

Opening Weekend Celebrations start now! visit diffusion for more details.
1-3 October.

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales

9:06 am in Funding, What's Exciting by bloc

Arts Council of Wales are pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Innovation fund for the Arts in Wales. The Digital Innovation Fund is a new strategic partnership between Arts Council of Wales and Nesta, following on from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales. The programme aims to encourage arts organisations to undertake innovation projects, using digital technology as a tool to help improve audience reach and engagement or develop new business models. This new programme builds on the lessons learnt from the original R&D Fund, providing grant funding at different levels, alongside additional support in terms of a comprehensive workshop programme and external business support from a pool of experts in the arts, digital and entrepreneurial fields. To start with, we’re keen to hear about the challenges you face or the opportunities you’ve identified that you think may benefit from a digital approach. Applications are now open and will close on the 11th December 2016.

To help you build a solid proposition for your project we’re running application workshops later in October – you can find out more information and sign up here

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Wild Hack Haverfordwest

8:51 am in Events, Programme by bloc

Saturday 24th October 10am – 4pm
At The Lab, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Haverfordwest has lots of beautiful natural spaces right on its doorstep. Wild Hack Haverfordwest is a gathering of makers, artists, diy and technology enthusiasts, computer programmers, wild folk, sea farers, ramblers, children, local residents and adventurous people.

Everyone will work together to invent new tools for exploring the wonderful wild places in and around the town.

We want you to join us!

Come and get your hands dirty with technology!

Bring your own laptop, hardware and ideas.

No technical or artistic skills necessary.

To find out more, contact

To book visit

Facebook: /blocCreativeTechnologyWales @blocuk, #wildtec

Facebook: The Lab Haverfordwest @harfatlab

The Lab is working with artists, designers and people from the town to help make a difference in Haverfordwest.

Events are free with a warm welcome to all – we’d love you to be involved.

The Lab is funded by Arts Council Wales, Pembrokeshire County cialis 20 Council, National Lottery and Welsh Government.

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Celtic Tales

12:09 pm in Other, What's Exciting by bloc

PlayARK and Yellow Brick are pleased to announce the launch of Celtic Tales, a storytelling app they have produced for Sustrans. You can explore a history or a mystery story along six beautiful cycle routes in North and South Wales, so chances are there is one local to you!

You might meet Maxine Hardy a private investigator who is asked to solve the most mysterious crimes all over the country or you could be in the company of a Roman soldier or a Norman bowman while he goes about buy generic viagra his duties.

If you’re looking for something to do on the few dry days we have left, Celtic Tales is the perfect excuse to get out there on your bike or pull those walking boots out of the cupboard. The app offers great activities for families to explore the great outdoors or fun stories to share with your friends or even enjoy on a solo journey.

Hoffi have built the app around a GPS tracking system so that you are provided with new content at each stop along your route and our brilliant illustrator Flavia Mayor has brought the characters and trails to life with beautiful artwork.
We hope you have as much fun exploring as we have had and please let us know how you get on! So what are you waiting for?

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Abandon Normal Devices

11:57 am in Festivals, What's Exciting by bloc

18 -20 September 2015, Grizedale Forest / Free

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) brings you a festival of new cinema, digital culture and art. A site for discovery and adventure, AND Festival at Grizedale Forest will create a space where audiences can experience the forest anew through inviting world-class artists to create new art works for the historical site.

AND festival will turn the forest into a laboratory and become a temporary haven for filmmakers, artists, creative technologists, philosophers and scientists, who buy viagra cheaply will explore the secret infrastructure of the forest and natures processes. The programme will provide new perspectives on the forest, through the eyes of the plants, animals and machines that inhabit it, allowing visitors an insight into natures technologies as well as emerging trends in digital practice.

Artworks are sited across the sculpture park in both temporal, distributed and sculptural ways. Discovered via trails and treks they look at everything from the biological resonance in technology to the simulation of nature and the ‘smart forest’.

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Wild Technology

11:44 am in Events, Programme, Projects, What's Exciting by bloc

Celebrating the Art of Technology, Outdoors.

bloc is developing the concept of Wild Technology to inspire people to get outdoors using art and technology imaginatively. Wild Technology is an innovative take on art, technology and the wilderness and we are looking for partners, contributors and participants to get involved.

Wild Technology will be an engaging programme of enquiry into finding out whether the creative application of out-of-the-box technology can enhance our experience of nature. Activities will take place in rural, beautiful and often remote parts of England and Wales.


1. To explore whether society can be innovative with art and technology in order to tackle the growing divide between people and the outdoors.

2. To explore how art and technology might enhance our experience of nature.

3. To promote economic growth and sustainable jobs in rural England and Wales through creative technology and social capital.

4. To draw on the arts, artistic practice, creative thinking and idea development as a means of exploration, expression, contemplation and as a transformative force.

5. To challenge the perception that technology is destroying our relationship with nature.

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Coming Soon: Wild Hack Haverfordwest

11:23 am in Events, Events, Programme, What's Exciting by bloc

bloc is thrilled to announce that we are resurfacing this Autumn with a fantastic opportunity to kickstart our Wild Technology programme.
We will be working in partnership with The Lab Haverfordwest to launch our first ever Wild Hack in Haverfordwest.

bloc’s Wild Technology concept is about inspiring people to get outdoors using art and technology imaginatively.

Wild Hack Haverfordwest will bring together a diverse mix of brilliant makers, artists, designers, do-ers and developers with wild folk, sea farers, ramblers and adventurous people, to come together and work rapidly to develop ideas, artworks, products and beta test resources.

We will try to find out how creative technology can help people to engage more with the wonderful natural environment that surrounds the town.

If you are interested in finding out more, taking part, or getting involved please don’t hesitate to contact us on

The Lab Haverfordwest Logo

The Lab Haverfordwest

Avatar of bloc

by bloc

Beachlab – celebrating technology in the open air

12:35 pm in Events, What's Exciting by bloc

Young people and their families from across Wales will get the chance to experience computing in the outdoors at Beach Lab, a Technocamps event held at Aberystwyth Bandstand, Promenade and beach from 11am to 3pm, Saturday 21 June 2014.

Beach Lab 2014 is the third free public event run by the Technocamps team based at the Computer Science Department at Aberystwyth University, with the aim of giving young people aged between 11-19 years old a chance to develop their computing skills beyond the usual screen and keyboard.

The one-day event is open to all who are keen to experience technology in the open air with flying kites (with on-board cameras), land and sea robots, wearable technology, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, 3D printing, mobile apps and much more.

Some of the demos will be using programmes and applications designed by young people from Ceredigion and surrounding how do i buy viagra online counties who have been involved in Technocamps through school and holiday workshops.

Dr Mark Neal, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University and one of the academics involved in Technocamps, will be on-hand at Beach Lab.

Dr Neal is keen to get as many people involved in the day, he says “Last year’s Beach Lab was a run-away success with over 600 visitors to the Bandstand and Promenade. We also had robots drawing on the beach alongside kites with on-aboard cameras. This second event will again interest local young people (some of whom will have been to Technocamps), teachers, educators, families, prospective students, tourists, geeks and the uninitiated – you really don’t need to know anything about technology to enjoy yourself at Beach Lab.

“Many people think computing is something done inside doors in front of a screen and keyboard but there’s so many ways to get involved in computer programming and electronics that makes computing really fun and creative.”

There will be other academics and students from Aberystwyth University’s Computer Science Department who will be giving demos and engaging with the public and others from the University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines.

Director of Technocamps, Professor Faron Moller of Swansea University, said: “We want to get young people across Wales excited about computing and what better way to do this than by bringing it to life in the big outdoors.

“We hope everyone who comes along and takes part in this ‘fun-packed’ day will leave wanting to learn and do more of the fascinating things you can do with computers.”

For more details on the Technocamps Beach Lab email or call 01970 622454

This event is being held as part of Aberystwyth University’s Access All Areas Open Day -

To book now visit

Avatar of bloc

by bloc – Augment it Yourself (AiY): Call for Proposals

8:26 am in Commission, What's Exciting by bloc

Key Words: Net Art, Do it Yourself*, Augmented Reality, Hybrid, Web, App

Deadline: July 1, 2014 :: Commission Amount: $6,000 :: Commission Date: July 2015

“Perception, in whatever sensory modality, is the result of the brain’s viagra online cartographic skill.” Antonio Dimasio

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) invites you to propose a hybrid net art project for “ – Augment it Yourself (AiY).” Projects must use both the World Wide Web and a physical site.

…. The behavior of all particles is contingent on the presence of a conscious observer.
…. Our internal and external perceptions are inextricably connected.
…. Reality is the perpetual enfolding/unfolding of autopoiesis (self-making), in relationship to others and our environment.

Augmented Reality (AR) is a real-time experience of a real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input — such as video, graphics or sound — and mapped to GPS coordinates. Thus, after downloading an AR ‘app’ to a smartphone and going to the specified location, users are able to experience intertwined realities.

While AR refers to the technologies that make these experiences possible, we are interested in how we have always augmented our realities — with our brains and other reality-mediating technologies — modifying and/or enhancing reality by layering memories on real-time perceptions, for instance. How will your project contribute to perception, memory, and the creation of the autobiographical self?

Required: Proposal (max 500 words), Biography (max 300 words), and URLS of past work.

Email them to with the Subject: – AiY Proposal.

*Do it Yourself (DiY) empowers individuals to make things without the aid of “experts” or professionals; it is an alternative to consumer culture’s emphasis on relying on others to satisfy ones needs.