bloc // January 7, 2004

CONVERGENCE RESIDENCY, Cardigan, West Wales, UK ⁄⁄

Date: Deadline: FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews will be held in Cardigan, West Wales.
Venue:Creative Mwldan
Partner: This residency is part of the MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, Cardiff festival of creative technology, 28th to 30th October 2005 |
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The artist/s will address the convergence of traditional, new media and emerging technologies. Focusing on the combination of data and communication, the project will employ one or all of the following technologies: transmission, networking, and/or surveillance.


The residency host is Creative Mwldan, Cardigan, where the artist will have access to a range of technical equipment and expertise. Creative Mwldan is a centre in West Wales, UK, working with digital creativity. For further information on the host visit

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES is Cardiff’s inaugural festival of creative technology – a three-day programme of events being held across the capital. The festival is being developed between bloc and Chapter. The residency programme for the festival is supported and managed by Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales), the national organisation for public art in Wales. The festival residencies are supported through the National Lottery celebration of Cardiff 2005.

Festival Theme:
Artists are increasingly engaged with or inspired by digital technology – exploring consumer and communication technologies such as the worldwide web, mobile networks, file sharing, and computer gaming. Because digital technology is a participatory medium with global reach, artists tend to explore digital technology in the context of public and shared spheres. Often digital art is situated somewhere between public art – albeit in a dematerialised form – and street culture where the technology itself is used as a ‘site’ for the production and presentation of art works. Although digital technology is often claimed to go beyond physical limitations, engagement with technology is always embedded in, or grounded in, real spaces and places whether this is explored from a user or network perspective.

The Residencies
The residencies form part of the festival’s core programme where artists are being invited to investigate the ‘places’ where digital technologies become grounded in a geographical and social context. It is anticipated that the work from the residencies will have a strong presence in Cardiff during the festival period – 28th to 30th October 2005. All commissioned works shown at the festival will negotiate with the specifics of the location at various ‘sites’ in order to bring about activity and exchange beyond the gallery.

The residencies are open to an artist or group of artists and cover a period spent with the residency host between June and November this year (the timing of the residencies is negotiable although the work must be made evident during the festival period).

Fee: There is a fee of £4,800 (40 days), materials budget of £2,000, and outreach travel of £250.

Deadline: Posted applications should be received by FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2005. Shortlisted artists will be notified on 6th May, interviews will be held in Cardigan, West Wales.

Selection Panel: Hannah Firth (Curator, Chapter/ Festival Director), Steve Knight (Director, Creative Mwldan), Walt Warrilow (Project Manager, Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales), and Emma Posey (Director, Bloc/Festival Director).

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal discussion about the residency please email Walt Warrilow:

Applicants should post their CV, a proposal of no more than 1 side of A4 stating ref: Convergence, and supporting visual material in slide or CD format to:
Cywaith Cymru . Artworks Wales
Crichton House
11-12 Mount Stuart Square
CF10 5EE

T: 44 (0)29 2048 9543
F: 44 (0)29 2046 5458

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