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Digital Craft Commission

9:42 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

bloc is commissioning four Wales-based makers to explore remote collaborative working using digitally facilitated co-design and production facilities.

The makers will collectively design the work online using open-source co-design software and then produce the craft work using computer-aided manufacturing facilities, such as rapid prototyping, available at Glyndwr University.

In collaboration with Helfa Gelf

(www.helfagelf.org)

The creative team include artist/maker Justin Marshall

(www.justinmarshall.co.uk)

 

Global Bridge Player Commission

9:38 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

bloc has commissioned Jodi Rose to create a smart-phone app which allows anyone to capture bridge sounds. Jodi Rose is a Australian sound artist living in Barcelona and working with the sounds generated by suspension bridges. She has ‘miced up’ bridges across the globe using contact microphones and expensive accelerometers to create live performances and recordings.
(www.singingbridges.net)

For bloc’s commission, Jodi will create a smart-phone app ‘Global Bridge Player’ which, by utilising the phone’s built-in accelerometer, will enable anyone to capture bridge sounds cheaply. The creative team include artists John Matthias and Jane Grant from The Fragmented Orchestra
(www.thefragmentedorchestra.com)

Holographic Commission

8:46 am in Commission, Programme by Nick Smith

bloc is commissioning a visual artist to explore and develop potential for holographics in the commercial fine-art sector. The artist will work at View Holographics workshops in OpTIC, St Asaph, to create unique artworks utilising cutting-edge holographic techniques developed at View Holographics.

View Holographics is pushing the boundaries in holographic technologies, developing ground-breaking techniques in full colour 3D imaging.

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Virtual bloc

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Date: Deadline 24th February 2011

Call for ideas: this is a fantastic opportunity for artists and/or creative technologists to create new work for bloc.

bloc is inviting innovative, experimental and compact ideas for three new online commissions that explore connectivity, networks, communication and culture within coastal, rural and virtual environments.

We are looking for artists or creative technologists to propose energetic, memorable and playful ideas that can be realised by April 2011 in response to the virtual bloc rulebase.

Outline:

The virtual bloc rulebase:

All ideas must:
• Start and/or finish online
• Be compact, neat and well formed
• Be achievable yet thrilling
• Be experimental, energetic, playful and memorable
• Celebrate the coast/the edge
• Develop a dialogue and engagement with online users
• Use technology creatively

All applicants must:
• Explain their idea in under 1000 characters providing a url to examples of past work
• Deliver the project by April 2011
• Participate in an online interview with bloc
• Engage in bloc`s social networks

£400 artist stipend is available on agreement of a full proposal

Eligibility Criteria:
• Creative practitioners from all disciplines are eligible to apply as long as they are working with technology
• Ideas are welcome from artists from across the UK and abroad, those working as an individual or as a collective
• Applicants are eligible to submit more than one idea. Please make an application for each idea.

Virtual bloc aims:
To commission new online work that tests the potential of online participation and production to engage, inspire and rethink possibilities for online cultural engagement.
To encourage a dialogue between bloc`s commissioned works and its artists/audiences/members.
To seed fund inspiring ideas for online engagement and intervention.
To commission new work that has the power to reach local, national and international audiences through viral activity.
To commission new online work that has the potential to connect with, respond to, play with social networks and media.
To create great quality, exciting and experiential online work.
To build bloc`s online programme,audiences and engagement.
To see what artists/creative technologists can achieve online within a short time frame.

Selection Panel:

Kathryn Lambert, Project Leader, bloc
Emma Posey, Founder and Chair, bloc

Paul Granjon, Artist and bloc board member
Mathilde Lopez, Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales and bloc board member
Beth Charlesworth, Co Director, Little Bird Told Me, Social Media Sorcerers

How to Apply:
Only online submissions will be accepted via the online ideas generator Get Ping.
To apply visit www.getping.net and sign up.
All ideas submitted to Get Ping are private, they will not appear in public and will only be seen by bloc.

Please fill out all required fields and ensure all submitted information is correct, as you will not be able to edit anything once uploaded. A confirmation email will be automatically sent out in response to your submission.

Incomplete or late entries will not be considered.

All copyright will remain with the artist.
For further information or to join bloc online:
Follow blocuk on Twitter
Find bloc on facebook
Email Kathryn Lambert, bloc Project Leader at kathryn@bloc.org.uk


Supported by Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

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New bloc family member – Kathryn Lambert

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Happy New Year to all our members and to celebrate we have some great news for you all as we welcome Kathryn Lambert as to the bloc team. Kathryn has been appointed Project Leader for our 2011 main and micro commissions and brings over 10 years of experience of working in the arts as a commissioner, collaborator and curator of art and technology with her. She is an experienced producer, project manager and fund raiser and has extensive experience of working with artists, partners, funders and the public.

Kathryn has been Creative Director of folly (http://www.folly.co.uk/) since 2005 where she has been responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation.

Outline:

She has initiated and developed projects such as Abandon Normal Devices, Portable Pixel Playground and Digital Artists Handbook and is currently working on developing a new artistic policy for 2011 ´ 14, establishing a national taskforce for Digital Participation throughout the arts and realising Current; an experiment in collecting digital art. She has previously worked at folly (2003 ´ present), Arts Council England (2002-05) and as a practitioner.

Kathryn has worked with artists such as UBERMORGEN.COM, James Coupe, boredomresearch, Andy Best and Merja Puustinen, The Owl Project, Hamilton and Southern, 8gg, blink, Tob Heys and Robert Saucier and many more.

Kathryn is passionate about presenting compelling work with brilliant artists outside of the gallery in both challenging and rural environments and online and is committed to seeking out and taking risks with new modes of production, presentation and distribution.

You can contact Kathyn on kathryn@bloc.org.uk. We`re very excited to have her on board and feel she will be a real asset to the bloc family. You`ll be hearing more from Kathryn and the 2011 major and micro commissions very soon, so watch this space.

Area: all wales

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Welcome a new member to the bloc team!

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Venue:bloc

Outline:

Happy New Year to all our members and to celebrate we have some great news for you all as we welcome Kathryn Lambert as to the bloc team.

Kathryn has been appointed Project Leader for our 2011 micro commissions and brings over 10 years of experience of working in the arts as a commissioner, collaborator and curator of art and technology with her. She is an experienced producer, project manager and fund raiser and has extensive experience of working with artists, partners, funders and the public.

Kathryn has been Creative Director of folly (http://www.folly.co.uk/) since 2005 where she has been responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation. She has initiated and developed projects such as Abandon Normal Devices, Portable Pixel Playground and Digital Artists Handbook and is currently working on developing a new artistic policy for 2011 ´ 14, establishing a national taskforce for Digital Participation throught the arts and realising Current; an experiment in collecting digital art. She has previously worked at folly (2003 ´ present), Arts Council England (2002-05) and as a practitioner.

Kathryn has worked with artists such as UBERMORGEN.COM, James Coupe, boredomresearch, Andy Best and Merja Puustinen, The Owl Project, Hamilton and Southern, 8gg, blink, Tob Heys and Robert Saucier and many more.

Kathryn is passionate about presenting compelling work with brilliant artists outside of the gallery in both challenging and rural environments and online and is committed to seeking out and taking risks with new modes of production, presentation and distribution. 



We`re very excited to have her on board and feel she will be a real asset to the bloc family. You`ll be hearing more from Kathryn and the 2011 micro commissions very soon, so watch this space.

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Virtual bloc

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Date: Coming Soon

Call for ideas for online commissions coming soon.
Watch this space

Area: all wales

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northern bloc Performance Commission 2010

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Date: 12 Nov 2010
Venue:Scala Cinema and Arts Centre
Partner: Scala Cinema and Arts Centre | www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk
Partner: Glyndŵr University – North Wales School of Art and Design | www.glyndwr.ac.uk

northern bloc is seeking applications from artists and performers based in Wales, who are eager to work with digital projection in the development and realisation of a performance. The work will be premièred at the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn in March 2011 as part of the northern bloc digital season.

Creative practitioners from all disciplines are eligible to apply – from an art, dance, sound or theatre performance backgrounds – working as an individual or as a collective.

Deadline: 10am, 12th November 2010
Interviews: 26th November 2010, Scala, Prestatyn

Outline:

What we are specifically looking for is an innovative performance project that will explore interactivity, digital technology, live performance and location, within the context of the Scala, Prestatyn.

The selected performance will take place in Studio 2, the home of Live Performance at the Scala, a 150 seat theatre with a large sprung dance floor, flexible lighting, sound and high quality digital projection, including a possible live satellite feed.

The project should also be able to:
– make exciting use of the contemporary performance space at the Scala
– be realised in the given time frame
– leave a lasting trace on-line

The development period of the project is 4 months ( December 2010 to March 2011), with a commission fee of £1,000 to cover all expenses.

The commission aims to provide time, skills development, space and resources, together with advice from experts in the field of creative digital technology and performance. Where necessary, visual elements for the performance ( animation, video, interaction etc ) can be developed in conjunction with members of the North Wales School of Art and Design, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

Deadline: 10am, 12th November 2010
Interviews: 26th November 2010, Scala, Prestatyn

To apply: e-mail your CV with links to images of your past work, a 500 word project proposal, including an outline of how the performance will leave a lasting trace online to tessa@bloc.org.uk

People on the performance steering committee and selection panel include:
– Karine Décorne, Director Dawns I Bawb and Migrations
– Tessa Elliott, Artist and northern bloc 4 co-ordinator
– Danny Hale, Technical Manager, Scala
– Mathilde Lopez, Creative Associate, National Theatre Wales
– John McClenaghen, Artist and Head of Fine Art, Glyndŵr University
– Jan Miller, Filmmaker and Creative Director of Scala Education Film Unit
– Emma Posey, Chair, bloc
– Kevin Roberts, Media Development / Design Officer, Scala

For further information or to discuss the commission please contact Tessa Elliott, northern bloc co-ordinator by e-mail tessa@bloc.org.uk

Scala Cinema and Arts Centre
One of the landmark buildings on the North Wales Coast, the Scala was originally opened in 1913 and has now become Walesʼ first fully digital cinema and arts venue, with superb facilities and exciting activities. For a full technical specification of Scala Studio 2 go to the website /cinema-facilities.php
www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk

Glyndŵr University – North Wales School of Art and Design
The School an international reputation for innovation and excellence, and specialises in the areas of Computer Generated Imagery, Communication and Interactive Design. A new Creative Industries Centre is due to open at Glyndŵr in January 2011
www.glyndwr.ac.uk

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

Area: northern bloc

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Project Leader post for a Practitioner (Artist/Creative Technologist) based in Wales

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Date: Thursday 7 October 2010

bloc is seeking applications for Project Leader post for a Practitioner (Artist/Creative Technologist) based in Wales. The post-holder will lead on the development of one commissioning project and four micro commissioning projects for bloc’s programme of work between 2010 and July 2011. Throughout the duration of the contract, they will promote technology across all artforms in Wales.

The post-holder will be an artist/creative technologist applying their knowledge and understanding as a practitioner to generate new opportunities for practitioners in the form of commissions. One of the micro commissions is to be offered to the appointed artist/creative technologist.

The post is for a period of 10 months, starting October or early November 2010.

Salary: £8,000 on a freelance basis
Location: Flexible (bloc Main Office, Chapter, Cardiff)

Deadline: 10am, Thursday 7 October 2010

Outline:

Last year`s bloc Practitioner was Carolina Vasquez who says this of the opportunity: `Working with bloc for the past year has allowed me to strengthen ties with international partners and meet numerous organisations across Wales. The process has been a rewarding challenge, especially after the success of DIY Kenya. These skills are invaluable to the growth and continuation of my personal work.`

*Please note the short deadline for this post – all applications must be received by Thursday 7 October 2010. Please make a note of the only interview date of Friday 15 October 2010, Cardiff.

Deadline: 10am, Thursday 7 October 2010
Notification: Friday 8 October 2010
Interviews: Friday 15 October 2010, Cardiff

To apply: email CV and covering letter addressing the particular points of experience outlined in the job to admin@bloc.org.uk

For further information or to discuss the post contact Emma Posey, Chair, on emma@bloc.org.uk

Area: all wales

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Launch of northern bloc 2 completion report

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: Tues 25 September, 2007
Time: 12-1pm

This lunchtime event launched the findings of northern bloc`s second phase; presented the aims and objectives of northern bloc ‘s proposed third phase and included short presentations from three creative technology practitioners based in the northern bloc region.

 

Outline:

northern bloc was initially established in 2005 in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wales and Conwy County Borough Council, later extending in its second phase to the counties of Anglesey and Gwynedd. The project’s overall aim has been to promote creative work using computer technology by identifying and bringing together individuals and clusters working with new technology in North West Wales.

In line with northern bloc`s objective to increase the profile of creative technology practitioners and the sector in general, the event also includes three short presentations from practitioners based in the region.

The full report is available at: http://www.bloc.org.uk/cgi-bin/showbig.cgi?id=87

 

Contributors:

Rob Dix | Business and Development Manager, Regeneration Services, Conwy County Borough Council

Stefhan Caddick | northern bloc Project Manager

Dr Emma Posey | Director, bloc

Joel Cockrill | Director, Movix Media

http://movix.co.uk/

Area: northern bloc