Edinburgh Art Festival | Molecules of Decay

Human Skin

Sunday 27th August 2017, 2-4pm. RSVP
Alt-w LAB, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

This workshop explores ways in which smells encode memories. When a molecule light enough to evaporate reaches the nose, it sometimes results in the detection we call smell. Joy Milne's extraordinary sense of smell could possibly change the way Parkinson’s Disease is diagnosed, as she is able to detect the disease in body odour.

From human sweat to plant pheromones, the same molecule can be found in the composition of many everyday smells. As we establish associations to these, experiences from the medical setting might extend beyond the walls of the hospital into people’s homes and vice versa, calling for other articulations in matters of care.

Alt-w LAB

Alt-w

June 2017 to February 2018.
Level 4, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

The Alt-w LAB at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh marks a new chapter for the Alt-w Fund. This pilot national media lab is a space for the production, participation and presentation of creative technology. Open to all, encouraging new ideas and applications, whilst providing space for Alt-w alumni.

Our first project is with NHS Lothian's Art and Therapeutic Design programme. Together we've awarded three Creative Research Artist Fellowships to explore the activity and research interests of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience in Edinburgh. All three are based at the lab.

Edinburgh Art Festival | Thought Collider

Rhythm of Life. Image © Chris Scott

27th July to 27th August 2017, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE
Alt-w LAB, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

Susana Cámara Leret and Mike Thompson's art, design and research practice explores metabolic processes, bodies and spaces. They experiment with the meanings and values that can be derived from alternative ways of experiencing built and mediated environments.

As Thought Collider they are motivated by emergent nature cultures. Their artworks span various media, generating experiential insights that confront the norm. This exhibition, in the new Alt-w LAB for creative technology, is the first solo presentation of their work in the UK.

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FuturePlay | Exchange

FuturePlay

Monday 21st August 2017, 10am-5pm. £30|£15
Assembly Studios, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

A day of connection, debate and idea exchange for creative entrepreneurs, artists, designers, gamemakers, producers, and arts industry professionals. Sessions will range from panels, presentations, case studies, interactive demos, and roundtable discussions.

Topics include: Future Theatrical Experiences, Interactive Narratives in Gaming, Artist-led VR, Difference in Play: Gender & Gaming, The Digital Organisation, Creative Hubs for Games Development and a case study of New Media Scotland's new Alt-w LAB.

Sonica | Nearer Future

Sonica | Nearer Future

4th-28th August 2017, 10am-8pm. FREE
Institut Français, 13 Randolph Cres, Edinburgh EH3 7TT

This installation investigates the ways in which we might retain a sense of reality in a world where technology offers ever more opportunities for immersion in the virtual. Symmetrical webs and waves of light rise upward, sculpted and spun into ethereal three-dimensional structures, building an extraordinary crystalline cathedral of light.

Glasgow-based artist Heather Lander's collaboration with sonic artist Robert Bentall uses projection and sound. Bentall’s ambient work 'Telian' – played on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish string instrument, accompanies the installation. Lander shows us where technology has taken us – and asks us to question where we may go next.

Sonica | XFRMR

Sonica | XFRMR

22nd-26th August 2017, 4pm & 8pm. £12|£6
Leith Volcano, 119 Constitution St, Edinburgh EH6 7AE

In 1891 the genius inventor Nikola Tesla tamed lightning with his Tesla coil, a device that renders electricity visible. Artist Robbie Thomson harnesses the sonic capabilities of the Tesla coil to create a work as arresting as the scent of burning ozone and as lively as electricity itself.

By synthesising sound waves that alter the frequency of the coils output, Thomson, in this Cryptic commission for Sonica, produces distorted tones and harsh percussive stabs that are accompanied by reactive projections, resulting in a physical assault on the senses.

Dialogues | MSc Sound Design and Digital Composition Concert

St Cecilia's Hall

Friday 25th August 2017, 6-9pm. FREE
St. Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Join us in celebrating the culmination of a year's intensive work on the Sound Design and Digital Composition and Performance programmes based at Edinburgh College of Art. This concert features brand new experimental live electronic music and installations from Masters students.

Performed in St Cecilia's Hall, Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall which re-opened its doors to the public after a dazzling renovation in May 2017. It brings together the University of Edinburgh's two collections of historical and contemporary musical instruments on one site.

FULLY BOOKED

FuturePlay

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3rd-26th August 2017. RSVP
Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

FuturePlay is a festival which celebrates, explores and showcases cutting-edge creative content and ideas at the intersection of art and technology. The festival features a diverse programme of live performances, installations, experiences, talks & more!

The festival will feature a dedicated hub on George Street in the form of geodesic domes and shipping containers, which will house a virtual reality studio, a gaming and interactive tech zone, an immersive art gallery, a black box theatre, food stalls and a bar.

Atmosphere | A Zed & Two Noughts

A Zed & Two Noughts

Thursday 28th September 2017, 7:30 for 8pm. £10
Alt-w LAB, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

Peter Greenaway's visually stunning 1985 film was the first with his "most important collaborator" cinematographer Sacha Vierny. A story of twin zoologists Oswald and Oliver Deuce who, after losing their wives in a freak car collision with a swan outside the zoo where they work, develop a curious attachment to the car's driver Alba, who survived.

Developed in collaboration with DCN Design Fellow Susana Cámara Leret, this is our first Atmosphere event in the Alt-w LAB and our first as part of Scalarama. Punctuated by the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough and the influence of Johannes Vermeer, the film is a rumination on life, love and sex and the inevitability of birth, death and decay.

Sanctuary

Robbie Coleman, 'Enclosure' 2014. Image © Mark Bolem

23rd-24th September 2017, noon to noon. RSVP
Murray's Monument, A712, Dumfries & Galloway.

Sanctuary is a public art event within the Dark Skies Park of Dumfries & Galloway. This 24-hour site-specific laboratory explores privacy, identity, place and space beyond the reach of networks. Installations, radio transmissions, screenings and performance serve to create a temporary community.

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The Dark Skies Park is a specially designated area that suffers from no light pollution. It is remote, beautiful and crucially for the artists also ‘electronically dark’. At the core of the event will be The Dark Outside FM, a hyper-local radio station that premieres new work and then deletes it.