Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Upcoming research and practice residencies

I first encountered Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj - a.k.a. Blast Theory - through the Banff New Media Institute and have always been impressed by their projects, so I'm really pleased to see they're accepting expressions of interest for their new residency programme. Researchers and practitioners in the areas of mobile tech, locative media, play & games stand to gain a great deal by working with these folks, and I encourage anyone interested to contact them.

20 Wellington Road Residency Programme (2009 – 2011)

About the Residency Programme

Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists' groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting.

In 2008, the company launched 20 Wellington Road, a renovated Victorian icehouse overlooking Shoreham Harbour in Brighton. The building provides offices and studios for the company as well studio spaces for emerging businesses and small companies working in creative industries, digital and media industries. Blast Theory’s goal is to create an interdisciplinary community of international significance.

The Residency Programme is a new model of residency initiated and run by artists. It aims to provide a space for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive and collaborative environment. It provides an opportunity for Blast Theory artists and residents to work alongside each other exchanging information, experience, knowledge and working methodologies in an open and dynamic dialogue.

Criteria

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals working in the following fields:

• Pervasive and location based gaming and interactive media
• The use of mobile and portable devices in cultural and artistic practice
• Games design and theory
• Interdisciplinary and live art practice

Applicants should have an established background in their respective fields and should be able to demonstrate how a residency period at Blast Theory will assist the development of their research and practice.

There are 2 deadlines per year – January 31st and July 31st.

If you are considering making an application, we advise you to contact us before you submit your expression of interest. Please submit your application on the form available to download here along with support material.

And on the topic of cool residencies and workshops, the BMNI continues to deliver. Check out these upcoming opportunities:

BNMI Co-production Residency: Almost Perfect

Program dates: June 03, 2010 - July 03, 2010
Application deadline: December 18, 2009 (yup, that's next week!)

The Banff New Media Institute’s Almost Perfect Co-production Residency is an annual, concentrated experimental prototyping lab exploring the creation and context of location.

The massive scale of Banff National Park’s Rocky Mountains and the expanse of the Great Plains to the east provide a unique opportunity to un-tether from the usual coordinates of place. Geographies of time, scale, and great disruption lay exposed, lending themselves to the call and response of technology and nature. This four-week residency allows for the time and space to consider how modern pervasive technologies allow us to disconnect from our desktop cells and interact with the world in a whole new way.

Through a combination of dedicated studio time, group discourse, peer critique, design exercise and studio visits, Almost Perfect looks to explore location-based artwork and the repercussions of producing work for place, and in particular in outdoor and non-urban contexts. The residency will be led by established locative media practitioners Jeremy Hight, Fee Plumley, Laura Silver. Almost Perfect will not only support the open conceptualisation of new works, but also re-visit influential pieces from this emerging medium's history.

Practitioners from all walks of locative and mobile media practice are encouraged to apply. Project proposals that extend beyond the device out into the environment, be it landscape or datascape, are especially encouraged. For general information on on-going locative media research happening at the Banff New Media Institute please visit the BNMI’s ART Mobile Lab website.

And although not related to locative media, my friends Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki are building on their awesome Scrapyard Challenge Workshops with this programme:

R.I.P. - Recycling Pervasive Media, Intervening in Planned Obsolescence, and Practicing Technological Sustainability

Program dates: July 26, 2010 - August 02, 2010
Registration deadline: July 19, 2010 (as space permits)

As the world’s landfills swarm with millions of tons of discarded electronics, the examination of the critical and creative use of recycled materials becomes ever more important.

R.I.P. — Recycling Pervasive Media, Intervening in Planned Obsolescence, and Practicing Technological Sustainability will tackle the issues of recycling, art making, and sustainability practices. Artists, researchers, practitioners, academics, municipal workers, community leaders, and professionals are invited to come explore new ways of working with municipal waste management facilities to reclaim “good garbage”.

Over the course of this three-part, seven-day program, participants will discuss ideas, create new work, and present projects related to sustainable practice. They will collaboratively introduce each other to methods of recycling digital materials for creative exploration and produce art projects made from found or rescued waste. R.I.P. provides an exciting opportunity to learn and develop frameworks for communities and individuals working with issues of sustainability and waste reduction.

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