Edinburgh Art Festival | Thought Collider

Rhythm of Life. Image © Gert jan van Rooij

27th July to 27th August 2017, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE
City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

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.

NEoN Digital Arts Festival

NEoN

7th-12th November 2017. FREE
Across the City of Dundee.

Media Archaeology

NEoN will expand on it being Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and will unveil hidden histories by working with artists who use the current (and controversial) practice of ‘media archaeology’.

Media archaeologists uncover and reconsider the obsolete, persistent, and hidden material cultures of the technological age - from big data software algorithms to tiny silicon chips.

NEoN proposes that artists are future media archaeologists, recorders of our current information-based society, and time-travellers highlighting the continued relevance of our long past.

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Alt-w | Paperholm

Paperholm Group

Cycle 11 Alt-w Production Award -
Charles Young
www.paperholm.com

An exploration of architecture through the daily production of tiny models from 200gsm watercolour paper. A new building or structure is designed, made, recorded and published online each day, often as an animated gif.

Click here to see the latest model.

The models were combined into an installation that presented a city located on an imaginary archipelago. Visitors to the Travelling Gallery were behind the wheel on the bridge of a ship sailing towards these islands.

Alt-w | Requiem for Edward Snowden

Requiem for Edward Snowden Album Cover

Available on vinyl, CD and download now.

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.

"...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.

Alt-w | Soulight

Soulight

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
Musemantik
www.musemantik.com

Music can entertain, and make film and other media a true emotional journey. But it can also affect our mood, resonate with what we feel, and lead us to well-being. Download the Soulight app to create personalised musical journeys.

Embodying interdisciplinary concepts from artificial intelligence, music therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology, Soulight helps boost emotional wellbeing, prevent anxiety and stress, and alleviate depression.

soulightapp.com

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Alt-w | Front

Donna Leishman, Front (2014)

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

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.

Click here to view online.

Alt-w | Sagacity

Sagacity

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
Small Society Lab
@DundeeFeels

The Small Society Lab at Dundee Contemporary Arts have worked with artist Aidan Moesby to construct a reflexive barometer of wellbeing for Dundee to provide a space – real, imagined or virtual – to reflect on ‘how things are’ and how can they be maintained or improved.

The Print Studio at DCA have produced a limited edition version of this periodic table of emotions. This edition of 118, referencing the number of chemical elements, is in archival pigment on 308gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag®, sized 72cm x 111.5 cm, and priced at £132 inc VAT.

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Alt-w | Cybraphon

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Cycle 06 Alt-w Production Award -
FOUND
Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman

From the 8th July 2016, daily 10am-5pm.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh

Cybraphon, the autonomous emotional robot band, is now part of the National Museum of Scotland's collection. The artist collective FOUND gifted Cybraphon to the nation in 2013. It can now be seen as a key bridging work between the new art & design and science & technology galleries.

Cybraphon obsessively googles itself every 15 seconds to see how popular it is. The results affect its emotional state which in turn affects its playing style. Twenty-five antique instruments and 60 robotic actuators then play music that FOUND has composed for each emotion.

Atmosphere

Brigadoon

Saturday 1st July 2017, 6pm & 8pm. RSVP
FloWave, Max Born Crescent, Edinburgh EH9 3BF

Atmosphere is our most popular research programme. First premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival, it re-imagines the concept of Atmospheric movie theaters from the 1920s and 30s.

Each expanded screening uses a team of guest artists and creatives to work with technology old and new, multi-sensory interactives and live elements too. Expect some smoke and mirrors, before the bells and whistles.

For details of our last Atmosphere click here.

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