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Alt-w | Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

Donna Leishman, Front (2014)

31st July to 31st 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.

The Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and 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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Alt-w | 3D Film Festival

Life in 3D

5th to 10th May 2014.
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

The Life in 3D symposium presents a week-long festival at the Filmhouse of stereoscopic 3D films from all over the world to inspire, delight and surprise.

The festival kicks off with a rare screening of the restored classic 'Dial M for Murder' directed by Alfred Hitchcock which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Other highlights include 'Pina' directed by Wim Wenders, the animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline' and two exclusive nights of 3D shorts.

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Big Data, Small Screen

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Tuesday 11th March 2014, 12-4pm.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, DD1 4DY

We are drowning in big data. But how do we make creative sense of it? At this event we will hear from artists Thomson & Craighead who will give insights into their own response to data, as well as Artist Aidan Moesby, currently working with DCA on the Alt-w supported ‘Sagacity’ project for Project Ginsberg. Other speakers include University of Dundee Fellows, Sarah Cook and Drew Hemment.

To book a place click here.

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Amanda McDonald Crowley | 2014 Alt-w Design Informatics Curator-in-Residence

Amanda McDonald Crowley

publicartaction.net

We're delighted to announce that New York based Amanda McDonald Crowley is our 2014 Alt-w Design Informatics Curator-in-Residence. Amanda will curate a three month program on the topic of Art/Tech/Food from April 2014.

The program will bring together artists, biologists, environmentalists, food activists and gastronomists to deliver urban agricultural strategies, bio-generative art, and open 'sauce' thinking at LateLab and Atmosphere events.

A native of Australia, Amanda is a cultural worker, curator, and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange.

Alt-w | Project Ginsberg

Project Ginsberg

Ongoing.
Project 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'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.

www.project-ginsberg.com

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Alt-w | Trace

Joanne Hodge | Trace

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
Joanne Hodge
traceproject.wordpress.com

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.

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Thomson & Craighead | Maps DNA and Spam

Thomson & Craighead | Maps DNA and Spam

18th January to 16th March 2014, daily 11am-6pm.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, DD1 4DY

Thomson & Craighead explore how technology changes the way we perceive the world around us. The exhibition includes two new works: The First Person is an endless stream of first person statements taken from American self-help websites; Dundee Wall presents a poetic snapshot of social networking traffic from within the city.

The exhibition also includes two works from The Flat Earth Trilogy, both supported by our Alt-w Fund: A Short Film about War invites viewers to see a variety of war zones through the collective eyes of Flickr, and witnessed by military and civilian bloggers; Belief circumnavigates a globe of fragmented broadcasts about faith from YouTube.

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Alt-w | Soulight

MusicFlow

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.

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.

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Alt-w | Light Log

RGB

Cycle 09 Alt-w Production Award -
Gary Martin
lightlogproject.org

A wearable, open source, device that records ambient light intensity and RGB colour as you go about your daily routine. With a web and mobile app that allows you to visualise your daily routine, monitor how light may be affecting your mood, energy levels, and circadian rhythm.

Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts the lives of around two million people in the UK, with winter blues affecting many more. Light Log could help improve sleep quality by assisting the wearer to achieve the optimum balance of light at the right times of day.

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Alt-w | Front

Front

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

31st July to 31st August 2014, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

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.

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