Alt-w | Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

Donna Leishman, Front (2014)

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

An exhibition of new work by ~ in the fields, Chris Helson & Sarah Jackets, Hadi Mehrpouya & Robert Powell, Donna Leishman and Calum Stirling, all commissioned by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund.

The Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and applications that challenge the notions of what new media creativity can be. The fund supports artists to explore experimental and interactive practice, make use of technology as both medium and message, and recognise the changing role that digital culture has in our society.

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Alt-w | Project Ginsberg

Project Ginsberg

Ongoing.
Project Ginsberg, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Ginsberg is a tool that gives you control of your life by letting you understand the triggers to how you feel. Developed by the Scottish Government in partnership with NHS 24 and New Media Scotland, it'll be easy to use enabling you to manage your mood and mental wellbeing.

We've awarded six Alt-w Fund production awards and three Ginsberg Fellowships to artists and technologists to develop new works that contribute to the conversation around the development of the platform. These will all come on stream this autumn for beta testing.

www.project-ginsberg.com

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Alt-w | Front

Front

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
Donna Leishman
www.6amhoover.com

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

A fictitious cautionary tale, set within the world of social media.Through an interface (based on the familiar layout and hierarchy of Facebook) Daphne, our protagonist shares her predilections, thoughts and volumes of meticulously crafted selfies.

She has excellent taste (her Front friends tell her so), she is ‘liked’ by many, but all is not as it seems.The edit that is her 'timeline' - updates with new pictures, videos and music - all of which, if listened to and looked at closely, reveal anxiety and insecurity warning signs.

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Alt-w | a journey to the clouds

White Coulds

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
~ in the fields
www.in-the-fields.org

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

This physical installation is for a young audience of age group 5 to 11 years. There are rooms within a small room, a bright tower and a playhouse. It's a story walked into to uncover wonders, a journey to send problems away, and a space of wellbeing for children.

Working with sight, hearing, smell and touch, the artist collective have used their own sense of the elements to create a space in which children can feel relaxed and inspired. It's a world to tell their tale one step at a time, where something hidden can be found.

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Alt-w | Help me Obi

Help me Obi

Cycle 08 Alt-w Production Award -
Chris Helson & Sarah Jackets
www.spaceman.org.uk

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

With this 3D volumetric display, the artists will perfect a seemingly impossible machine. Referencing Princess Leia’s iconic holographic message in Star Wars, this artisan technology will enable an investigation of cult cinema, remote relationships, intimacy and dislocation.

The project explores age old science fiction concepts that have gained iconic cultural significance. By using the phenomena of persistence of vision, better known as the earliest form of new media technology, the display will also become a tool for makers of new cinematic experiences.

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Alt-w | The Thinking Machine

Macpherson's Cave | Robert Powell

Cycle 08 Alt-w Production Award -
Hadi Mehrpouya & Robert Powell
www.warburtongallery.com

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

The Thinking Machine contains a vision of the whole world in miniature. A box full of delights from a collaboration between a computer programmer and an artist who wanted to look at the difference between the map, or the way we measure reality, and the terrain, reality itself.

By rearranging sculpted pieces on a board, participants influence the microcosm contained within a wooden casket. When viewed via portals and mirrors more whimsical influences unfold in the interior, meaning that no one really is in control. It's your turn to roll.

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Alt-w | Gadroon Bagette Cartouche

Gadroon Bagette Cartouche

Cycle 08 Alt-w Production Award -
Calum Stirling
www.calumstirling.com

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

A project to digitally produce an update of traditional Scottish cornicing and architectural ceiling moldings using data visualization techniques and CNC milling technology.

Taking stats, for example, from renewable energy outputs, red squirrel populations and the Scottish banking sector and translating it into elaborate sculptural ceilings.

A language of both discrete and overt design will represent digital data in provocative and mongrel forms. Subverting the traditional role of interior decoration as benign.

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