Alt-w | Edinburgh Art Festival 2014
1st to 30th 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.
In Help Me Obi, Helson and Jackets have built a seemingly impossible machine, a 360º video hologram to investigate remote relationships, intimacy and dislocation. Mehrpouya & Powell have also created a vision of the world in miniature. By rearranging sculpted pieces on a board, players can endlessly influence the microcosm contained within a wooden casket.
Alt-w Fund | Cycle 10
Initiated by Scottish Screen in 2000, 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.
Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance
15th Nov 2014 to 3rd May 2015, Daily 10am-5pm.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh EH2 1JD.
This exhibition questions cultural commonplaces about beauty and body image by linking the renaissance art collections of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery to contemporary fashion.
Academy-based fashion designers and stylists, including Mal Burkinshaw, Sally-Ann Provan and Claire Ferguson (Edinburgh), Philip Clarke and Sharon Lloyd (Southampton) and Ann Chaisty (Bournemouth) will display their work.
Beauty by Design is a result of a partnership collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art and New Media Scotland. It also enjoys the support of Sophie Hallette Lace and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk.
Alt-w | Requiem for Edward Snowden
Saturday 11th October 2014, 8pm.
Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
This live large scale audiovisual performance piece is based around the actions and decisions of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Focusing 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.
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.
Glug Edinburgh | The Futurists
Thursday 9th October 2014, 6-9pm.
The Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
This October, Glug will look into and at the 'future' through the different creative eyes of Gillian Easson, Katy West, Geoffrey Baines, and our very own Mark Daniels who will announce the winners of Cycle 10 of the Alt-w Fund.
Glug is a series of talks organised by Creative Edinburgh which brings together practitioners and entrepreneurs from different creative disciplines for an evening of inspiration and informal networking.
Producing Data: Practices, Materialities, Values.
3rd & 4th September 2014.
ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
The term ‘data’ is ubiquitous. its presence can take the form of representations of various facets of our lives. Data is a part of the contracts that we make with each other, companies that we deal with, and the fallout of the devices that we use.
‘Data’ appears not as information in its own right, but as a lens through which to discuss, and often critique, governments and corporations. The reverberations of Big Data controversies suggest that data is developing to be one of the key political issues of our time.
Atmosphere | Barbarella
Friday 10th October 2014, 8pm. £12/£10
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
As part of the BFI 'Days of Fear and Wonder' Sci-Fi season Peaches Christ introduces an Atmosphere screening of Roger Vadim's 1968 classic 'Barbarella' with an out-of-this-world pre-show starring San Francisco's own Lady Bear.
Additional roles will be filled by fellow San Franciscan bon-vivants Hugz Bunny and Shemantha, UK performers the Ultra Violets, Cheddar Gawjus and Anna Phylactic plus local guests from Glasgow. Dress Code: 41st Century Chic.
Alt-w | Project Ginsberg
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.
Alt-w | Trace
Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
Trace is a two-way system that will allow adult and child to communicate with each other whilst they are apart. The Adult interacts with the system via an app on their phone and the Child communicates via a bespoke communication toy that they helped design.
Parent and child have the ability to emotionally connect through networked objects that are integrated with smart textiles and wearable technologies. This aims to strengthen bonds of their relationships whilst apart, reducing separation anxiety in children through interacting with the objects.
Alt-w | Soulight
Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
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.
Soulight, a digital application for creating personalised musical journeys, allows users to reflect upon their personal journey towards health and wellbeing.
By creating a musical track users can look back on their journey so far, imagine where they want to go and share their experiences with their friends online.