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Upgrade! | When Movements Click


Thursday 4th October 2012, 5:30pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

The internet has changed the limits of media reporting. E-campaigning groups reach millions with quick-fire actions and debate. Governments are trying to engage with online pressure groups through ePetitions. But where’s it going?

How is it changing how we think about the world and take responsibility for the issues that effect us, and others? What are the downsides? And what support and resource is there in Scotland to go further?

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Thursday 19th January 2012, 8-9pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

At this event, Simon Kirby of FOUND will introduce the ideas and technology behind their new work with Aidan Moffat entitled #unravel that is currently being developed in a six week Vital Spark residency with New Media Scotland.

He will be joined by Andy Clark, Professor of Logic & Metaphysics at the University Of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy. This will be the first time for the public to hear how #unravel sounds as it explores non-linear storytelling.


Upgrade! EIFF 2011


Thursday 23rd June 2011, 6-7pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

At this Upgrade!, Alex Hetherington will premiere a new text/video performance in response to the work of Comme des Garçons.

Kristina Johansen will present her ‘You Be The Voyeur’ improvised dance piece that utilises wearable technology and audience participation.

Andy McDonald will demonstrate his Alt-w funded research into the use of multi-touch technology in a retail context that enables mass customisation of interactive print designs.


Upgrade! Sarah Kettley & Emma Tolmie

Aeolia Stretch Bodies

Thursday 20th August 2009, 6pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

A hands-on demonstration of the research of two Alt-w awarded artists. Both have explored and developed new forms of wearable technology and combined them with dynamic audio and visual content.

Sarah Kettley and her team have sketch prototyped stretch sensors in sculptural textile forms. The resulting series of woven pieces for the body enable the creation of unique soundscapes augmented by the movement of the wearer.

Emma Tolmie has mixed low-tech gadgetry and high-tech imagery to develop a heads-up display that re-imagines the concept of stereoscopic imaging as a retro-futuristic subversion of 3D film.

The distribution of Alt-w awards is managed by New Media Scotland and funded by Scottish Screen and Scottish Arts Council.

listen with your eyes and look with your ears

Detail of 'Object Scores' interactive sound installation, 2007. Image by Jean-Marc Stefani

Wednesday 25th March 2009, 7-9pm.
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD


Kirsty Stansfield and Aby Vulliamy invited the audience to take part in a discussion and workshop exploring forms of listening. The workshop involved simple exercises aimed at heightening awareness of small sounds and silence. These were interspersed with informal discussion and short presentations on elements of Kirsty’s artistic practice.

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Upgrade! Scotland: Rob Kennedy

Courtesy of Rob Kennedy

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
Wednesday 26th November 2008, 7 - 9pm

We are privileged to present the première of new work from Rob Kennedy followed by a discussion with the artist. The three video works were born out of a series of collaborative projects working with composers Peter Dowling, Giles Lamb, Martin Parker and Sue Tompkins.

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Upgrade! Scotland: Jaygo Bloom

Imagine 3D

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08|09 Alt-w R&D Award - Emma Tolmie

Thursday 20th August 2009, 6pm. FULLY BOOKED
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Emma Tolmie has mixed low-tech gadgetry and high-tech imagery to develop a heads-up display and unique digital content that re-imagines the concept of stereoscopic imaging in a retro-futuristic subversion of the experience and aesthetics of 3D film.

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Aeolia Stretch Bodies

R&D Award - Aeolia
Sarah Kettley


This project explores the nature of space and place and will examine the concept of a bodily connection with the land through sketch prototyping of stretch sensors in sculptural textiles.