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ShortCircuit – Revisited

6.30-9pm 10th Sept 2015

6.30-9pm 10th Sept 2015

Hardly seems possible that two years have past since Jo Verrent and myself showcased @DigitalBrighton 4 of our ShortCircuit Arts Council, South East ActionResarch collaborations at Lighthouse Arts.

What better time to tap into the wonder of what happens when disability and digital collide than 2 years on to the day, focusing on two of our original ShortCircuit artists: Chisato Minamimura & Jon Adams, both of who took the kernals of ideas hatched at ShortCircuit nurturing them into fully fledged projects with their wonderful digital partners in furtive studios and on the streets.  Not only that Jon Pratty who helped Jo and I develop this line of enquiry will be chairing in his new role as Chair of Brighton Digital Festival.

We’ll be sharing their work tomorrow at Lighthouse in a special event, surrounded by other shortcircuitry from the recent SprungDigi Festival. We’ll be considering the wider context too of this work that sings The Creative Case for Diversity, We don’t just want bums on seats we want you to be part of the conversation.    You can book yourself a FREE ticket for the event here, but do so quick before all the tickets run out.

A wonderful evening of showcase, talks, films discussions and all sorts of visionary collisionary. Be there.

Dolly Short Circuits

2013-09-03 12.12.00Dolly Sen is a Short Circuit artist who will be presenting her most recent brush with digital at Brighton Digital Festival #BDF2013 tomorrow at Lighthouse in Brighton 6-8pm.  A visual artist, writer, film-maker, and performer interested in non-consensual reality, outsidership, empathy, authenticity and absurdity – she teeters on such delicious edges, don’t miss them!

‘I have been labeled ‘mad’ by society. My work aims to show I make perfect sense. To that end, I am creating a website experiencing psychosis, which hears voices, thinks it is being spied upon, and that it is Jesus.  It does 2 things: reflects my own experience; but also asks: what if the internet experienced madness, what would it look like, would you ever return to it, report it, what does it feel to vicariously experience psychosis? Virtual reality may not exist, but what if it didn’t exist twice removed? Or what if the psychosis makes it more real?’

Short Circuit Capers

Packer films Minamimura

pole cam capers

Tuesday’s side splitting catch up day in Lewes with Short Circuit artists Chisato Minamimura, Dave Packer and Dolly Sen left locals in the park a bit bemused!

At times a bit more Benny Hill than @DigitalBrighton – this was so much more than your usual Lewisian caper. Intrigued? Well, you’d be daft to not get yourself down to our Lighthouse@BDF2013 event Tuesday next at 6pm – a must see warmup to the @BDF2013 Chuckle event at Komedia round the corner, straight after.

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Telling Stories & Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery

a grey circle with the words - telling stories  inside of it

Call For Entries for an event 27 September – 15 November 2013

Opportunity for digital artists: Artists are invited to put forward proposed or finished works which interpret the theme of Telling Stories – exploring the artist’s role as storyteller. Submissions are encouraged that consider the space at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and Library as the containers for site-specific works addressing ideas of communication and miscommunication. Continue reading

Transmedia – what’s up?

transmedia storytelling - the seed

transmedia storytelling – The Seed (c) WSCC

We’re delighted to announce that one of our focus exploratives for Short Circuit at Lighthouse Media on the 8-9th June is ‘story’.

A brilliant workshop at SHPLIve at South Hill Park last week confirmed for me this is exactly the focus we should go for, based around the artists who came to Open Circuit and their lines of digital enquiry.  Our workshop guide was David Varela  @writingstudio – a self confessed all round transmedia hobo responsible who last year amongst many other things brought us The Seed on behalf of West Sussex County Council’s Ahead of the Game programme funded in part by Arts Council England.

Don’t miss the most amazing transmedia thing of beauty coming to a multiple of platforms from Nocturn Dance in Berkshire. Dare you Watch is unravelling on facebook, twitter, live and online.  To get a sense of the story you can have a live or online peek Date: Friday 31 May/Sat. 1 June 2013 Time: 2.00pm / 8.00pm (Fri) 3.00pm / 7.30pm.  Don’t miss it!

TMT – Tinkering MzTech tutorials

Robots_sMzTechI’m slow me and it suits. I can do fast but for short bursts so when  MzTech emailed us about their TMT MzTech tutorials this Short Circuit girl expressed an interest in sharing my first technical delvings – if only to get in the room with a posse of most wonderful tinkering women. It’s only fair that i share it with you all  below. Also very much looking forward to this at the chatbox workshop at the V&A this weekend too. As a former television puppeteer now retired, i’m partial to a bit of company on hand – an automated one, even better.  Only a day to go until Open Circuit, we’ve got a stunning collection of arts and digital practice people programmed – can’t wait Continue reading

Cultural Veneers

An altogether different rag

An altogether different rag

We are delighted that Kate Kneale from Marine Studios has agreed to join our selected artists and digital agents at Open Circuit at MozLDN on the 1st May contributing her wealth of experience as a digital artist and innovator with a career spanning many years.

Kate is a founder member of 2steparts and currently at the helm of the fabulous Geek Festival held earlier this year in Margate 21st-24th February  ‘Leaving school at 16 or having a doctorate does not predetermine who succeeds. That’s the beauty of it and re: accessibility, it strips away cultural veneers of who can do what and who can win!’  Kate told us.  Continue reading

Brighton Digital Festival – submit

brighton_digitalfestival_mtgLots of whooping and cheering at last night’s at Brighton Digital Festival’s meeting where the new look and feel festival for 2013 was launched with the help of Brian Kidd’s well considered new designs.  Short Circuit was there networking and meeting new partners for the programme too. Sophie from Clearleft  hit the podium with an exciting space that they’re developing in Brighton for September for digital art to be showcased. A bid from the Short Circuit posse perhaps? The submission deadline is 28th June for a slot in this free space – so a few weeks after Short Circuit weekend at Lighthouse 8-9th June.

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Digitally arresting

eyewriter_imageLast week, I had such a great chat via Laurence Hill of Fabrica with the wonderful Seb Lee-Delisle @seb_ly  of last year’s @BDF2012 Pixel Pyros fame (and more besides) about our Short Circuit project and how we might make our own fireworks bringing different perspectives, ideas and inclinations to the table, losing a bit of the worthy label we seem to have been lumbered with.  Continue reading