PechaKucha Edinburgh


Thursday 15th October 2015, 5:30pm.
Glassroom, 10 Collinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DT

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.

This volume is curated by Edinburgh Napier University in association with Gordon Duffy of Studio DuB. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds.

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Alt-w | Requiem for Edward Snowden

Requiem for Edward Snowden

Friday 23rd October 2015, 9pm.
ACT, 33 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AA

This audiovisual performance piece is based around the actions and decisions of whistleblower Edward Snowden. It focuses on a number of themes relevant to life in the 21st century; loss of faith and security, the hacking of digital media, invasion of privacy and personal sacrifice.

"Just saw Requiem for Edward Snowden at CCA, beautiful reminder of what we all need to be fighting against."

Snowden revealed that we live in a world in which the privacy of our daily routines is completely compromised. Exploring the consequences through electronic sound and acoustic instrumentation, the gestures of the performers will be analysed and interact with real-time visuals.

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UWS Alt-w Paisley Digital Art Commission

Vicky Isley & Paul Smith of boredomresearch with 'Lost Flight Plume', 2013. DAM Gallery, Berlin.

In support of the Scottish town of Paisley’s ambition to be UK City of Culture in 2021, the UWS Creative Media Academy and New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Renfrewshire Council have awarded this inaugural £25k commission to boredomresearch to make a new piece of work for the town.

boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, internationally renown for creating artworks which explore extended time frames. boredomresearch have a deep and long lasting fascination in the mechanics of the natural world which they explore using contemporary technology.

Alt-w | /vaporents


Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -
Dane Sutherland

Dane Sutherland is a curator and writer based in Scotland. He has developed an ongoing research-oriented curatorial model motivated by an interest in noise and cybernetics, and how these are relevant to contemporary art, music, theory and everyday practice.

/vaporents consists of two exhibitions of art, performance, music and fashion. They will trace some of the more speculative vectors associated with the exponential advancement and ubiquity of digital technology, illuminating contemporary sociopolitical complexities.

Alt-w | Cursor


Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -
Dave Young, Kirsty Hendry & Jake Watts

Cursor will be a fitness software application which is also a critical publication, one that is focused on examining and critiquing the political, ethical and economic implications of producing data through emergent wearable technologies.

The publication will be comprised of audio and text that will be mediated through a user’s interactions with an app. With content of the publication being delivered to users upon the achievement of certain fitness milestones.

Dave Young, Kirsty Hendry & Jake Watts, a collective group of practitioners with backgrounds in networked media, digital arts practice and humanities research, are interested in the implications of neoliberal informational capitalism.

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Alt-w | Remote Control

Alan Brown, 'Work in Progress' 2013.

Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -
Alan Brown

Alan Brown works with technology, moving image and sound. He creates device art which explores themes around communication, control, power and agency. His work is often playful and frequently involves modified everyday objects that function in altered or unexpected ways.

Remote Control is a series of three pieces (‘If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear’, ‘Do Not Press’ & ‘Emotional Contagion’) that engage with issues of privacy, social control and compliance. They explore how we resist or give in to the increasing influence of screens.

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Alt-w | Heritage Site

Five Sisters Bing, West Calder. Image © Thomas Nugent

Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -
Nicky Bird

Nicky Bird investigates the contemporary relevance of found photographs, and the hidden histories of specific sites, investigating how they remain resonant. She incorporates new photography with oral histories and genealogy by collaborating with people who have a significant connection to the original site, archive or artefact.

Heritage Site is a new media art and archaeology project working with the Five Sisters shale bings in West Calder and a house that is buried beneath. It brings together artists, heritage visualisation archaeologists and local community members to create new ways of imaging what lies underground in both practical and metaphorical senses.

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Alt-w | Resono

Inchindown Tunnel, Invergordon

Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -

A sound art and music project by the Assembled collective set to take place in some of Scotland’s most interesting acoustic spaces. The concept is to compose, perform and record six compositions specifically for six different locations using impulse response digital audio technology.

Assembled are a collective of artists, musicians, designers, promoters and writers who formed initially through a strong connection with the East of Scotland. They use a variety of mediums and platforms to reflect a shared identity, and foster a dialogue with the place they're from.

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Alt-w | Ei Wada

Ei Wada

12th Nov to 5th Dec 2015, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.
DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY

Cycle 10 Alt-w Production Award -
NEoN Digital Arts Festival

Ei Wada creates installations, musical compositions and performances by combining computer-controlled analog appliances such as reel-to-reel tape recorders or cathode ray tube TV sets with live instruments and helium balloons.

He performs with both the Open Reel Ensemble and the Braun Tube Jazz Band and has presented work worldwide at festivals including Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Festival, SIGGRAPH, Sónar and Transmediale.

Alt-w | Ginsberg

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's easy to use, enabling you to manage your mood and mental wellbeing.

We 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. Ginsberg is now in public open beta. Sign up via the link below.