DCN Mentoring Residency | Sven Werner

Observer Cinema

Observer Cinema
www.outlandproductions.eu

29th January to 8th March 2018, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.
Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

With the suppprt of NHS Lothian's Art & Therapeutic Design programme, the Alt-w LAB is hosting four mentoring residencies this winter. Glasgow-based Sven Werner is a artist and filmmaker who has worked in partnership with the Society of Scottish Artists to create a new installation.

Presented at the Royal Scottish Academy, with an accompanying audio work, Observer Cinema is the story of a man who, to his own surprise, finds he has a peculiar gift: he is able to recognise and inhabit the blind angles of people’s attention so that he becomes to all eyes invisible.

DCN Mentoring Residency | Stacey Hunter

Stacey Hunter

Design and personal and social identity
www.staceyhunter.co.uk

With the suppprt of NHS Lothian's Art & Therapeutic Design programme, the Alt-w LAB is hosting four mentoring residencies this winter. Edinburgh-based design specialist Stacey Hunter is a producer, curator and writer.

Exploring how healthcare environments have implications for patients in terms of their identity and sense of self, Stacey will be thinking about how the depersonalising effect of clinical environments might be positively counteracted.

Starting with the idea of the ‘dressing table’, the residency will consider the accoutrements we surround ourselves with to communicate or sustain our 'best self', using the City of Edinburgh's art collection as a resource and reference point.

Alt-w | The Sweet Old Etcetera

The Sweet Old Etcetera (2006)

Cycle 04 Alt-w Production Award - Alison Clifford
collection.eliterature.org

This interactive work is based on the poetry of e. e. Cummings. His poems have been reinterpreted using animation and sound. This fresh response to the original printed word, releases it from the confines of the physical page, bringing it into a digital environment in a playful way.

This work is archived in the Electronic Literature Collection, an initiative of the Electronic Literature Organisation. Based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, they collect works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the computer.

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.

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 | 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 | 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.

Alt-w | A Short Film About War

Cycle 06 Alt-w Production Award
Thomson & Craighead
www.thomson-craighead.net

A documentary made entirely from information found on the world wide web. In ten short minutes viewers will be taken around the world to a variety of war zones as seen through the collective eyes of the online photo sharing community Flickr, and as witnessed by military and civilian bloggers.




Alt-w Fund

Alt-w

Initiated in Dundee by Scottish Screen, the Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and creative 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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