Departure from Vivid Projects

It was recently announced that after four years of leading Black Hole Club and seven years total of working with Vivid Projects (and previously VIVID) I’ve decided to leave to focus on my own artistic and curatorial practices.

I’ve really enjoyed curating exhibitions there and working with the Black Hole Club artists to develop their practices. I could never have guessed that from my first interactions with Vivid Projects in 2009/2010 with the fizzPOP Howduino and GLI.TC/H 20111 that I would go on to become a core part of the team.

My heartfelt thanks go to everyone at Vivid Projects past and present who has welcomed me with open arms and helped me grow as an artist and curator. They’ve always been excited by the digital arts and have provided vital support to me in curating exiting exhibitions in this developing field. This has helped me to exhibit the work of over 100 national and international artists over seven years. I’m proud of everything that I’ve achieved with Black Hole Club over four years and it’s been truly inspiring seeing the artists involved develop their careers and go on to exhibit nationally. However, at this point in my own career I feel it’s time to focus on my own independent artistic and curatorial practices. I wish everyone at Vivid Projects the best of luck and want to say thanks again to Yasmeen Baig-Clifford for her support, encouragement and dedication. Without her work the digital and media arts in the West Midlands wouldn’t be as lively as it is now.

Black Hole Club Producer opportunity

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With my departure Vivid Projects is now looking for a Producer to lead the Black Hole Club. From the Vivid Projects website:

The Producer will develop and deliver Black Hole Club artists’ projects, exhibitions and events, supporting approximately 20 artists per year to develop their creative practice, present work to public audiences, and widen their professional networks. The core programme runs 1 March-31 December each year; each cohort is selected in January and launched on the first Friday of March.

The Black Hole Club Producer should be excited by collaboration and risk taking, with experience drawn from areas including digital art, live performance, experimental audio, film and video, animation and computer-generated art.

If this sounds like your kinda job go download the application forms. Deadline for applications is 18:00 30th January.

No Copyright Infringement Intended, 1st – 23rd September

I’m happy to announce the second iteration of No Copyright Infringement Intended  will be taking place at Vivid Projects, Birmingham, from 1st – 23rd September.

Image: Still Not Sure if Art or Copyright Infringement by Emilie Gervais

No Copyright Infringement Intended is a group exhibition exploring the relationship between copyright and culture in the digital age, investigating how the concept of ownership and authorship is evolving and coming into conflict with outdated copyright and intellectual property laws.

Since the 1990s the internet has provided the opportunity for mass copying, redistribution and remixing of content – profoundly changing the way culture is produced and shared and sparking legal battles and debates that still rage on. Today, the increasing availability of technologies like 3D scanning and 3D printing have extended the ability to digitally copy and reproduce to the physical realm.

For many people now, mass sharing, copying and remixing seems like a natural form of self expression. Rather than embracing this change and using it to their advantage, rights holders and lawyers often resort to reinforcing outdated laws – penalising those who copy – and placing barriers on technology’s ability to share information and content freely.

Meanwhile, among artists there is widespread misunderstanding of copyright and how it affects their work. The phrase “No Copyright Infringement Intended” is often used as an attempt to avoid repercussions of copyright infringement. The phrase has no legal standing, but its widespread usage shows a lack of awareness of existing laws and the consequences of breaking them.

Featuring 10 national and international artists working across a range of creative practices, the exhibition highlights the ongoing tension between production and copyright, considers the new artistic, social and political possibilities created through this tension and suggests new ways forward for artists, rights holders and the wider creative community.

The exhibition features work by Nick Briz, Emilie Gervais, Nicolas Maigret, Christopher Meerdo, Jan Nikolai Nelles & Nora Al-Badri, Duncan Poulton, Fernando Sosa, Andrea Wallace & Ronan Deazley.

Like the first iteration of the exhibition, there will be a number of related events including:

Algorave Birmingham, 3rd December

On 3rd December I’ll be curating and performing at the Algorave at Vivid Projects.

Algorave Birmingham

An Algorave is a party where electronic music is generated live from algorithms. The word was coined around 2012, initially as a joke, but has since taken hold with Algoraves taking place in over 40 cities around the world.

At an Algorave the creation of algorithms are brought into the experience of the music itself. This is done using specially made “Live Coding” environments such as SuperCollider, TidalCycles, Gibber, ixi lang and Extempore. This processed opened up by projecting the code on screens around the venue, so audience members can see how the music they hear is being made. This is often complimented by algorithmically generated visuals projected alongside the code.

The Birmingham Algorave will feature a diverse range of artists from across the country performing noise, rave, electronic and glitch audio.

The event will feature Canute, Algobabez, and Charles Celeste Hutchins on audio and Coral Manton, Ryan Hughes, hellocatfood (y’know, me) on live visuals. This will be complimented with a video installation featuring work by Ryan Hughes, RITUALS, Chez.io, Sam Wray, Dario Villaneuva, Sarah Walden, cappel:nord, and catweasel.

Algorave Birmingham runs from 19:30 to 23:00 on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets are only £5 plus booking fee (more on the door). Get yours now!

Associate Curator at Vivid Projects

After eight months of working at Vivid Project as an Associate Producer my role has evolved and I’m now an Associate Curator.

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In this new role I’ll be continuing to organise the activities of Black Hole Club. This year I, with the input of its members, organised and oversaw the development of events including I Am A Strange Loop, a Dirty Video Mixer workshop, various Crit Clubs and tART. Expect more of this in March 2016 when Black Hole Club.

In addition to Black Hole Club I’ll be continuing with my curating work. Just prior to my appointment as Associate Producer I co-curated μChip 3 with Sam Wray in March 2015. In June 2015 I curated Stealth (let’s not talk about the drone). Next year expect more of a focus on digital and New Media art.

If you want to know more about the Black Hole Club or just want to chat or pitch ideas to me I can be reached on antonio@vividprojects.org.uk

Black Hole Club at Vivid Projects

Things on this blog have been rather quiet in recent months. I’ve stopped updating it with absolutely every event or exhibition that I’m somehow involved in – there’s now a dedicated Events page for that. I’ve also been very engaged with delivering workshops (gotta entertain the young ‘uns somehow this Summer!), such as the How To Gif workshops for Future Curious and a number of Pure Data and Glitch Art workshops.

Another thing occupying my time and filling it with joy is my work for Vivid Projects and Black Hole Club. On 7th August Black Hole Club returned to Vivid Projects to exhibit recent work as part of Digbeth First Friday.

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The exhibition, titled I Am A Strange Loop, explored the ideas of loops and recursion, inspired by the book I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadte. Artists that exhibited were Kate Spence, Rebecca Mahay, Leon Trimble, Sarah Walden and Ollie MacDonald-Brown, and Michael Lightborne. Even though the exhibition was only for one night all of the contributing members really put a lot of hard work into their pieces.

It’s been a very big learning experience working with the Black Hole Club members to put on events and generally help develop their individual practices. Some of the members are already experience and established artists and see the scheme as another outlet for their creativity, whilst some are still trying to solidify their practice and establish themselves within the local community. Whatever their level it’s been great seeing the collaborate and work together to put on a great exhibition!

Stealth Launch Photos

Stealth launched at Vivid Projects on 25th June and it was a great success! It’s the first time I have curated an exhibition or event that has lasted more than a few days, so I’m happy to see that there have been a steady flow of visitors.

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Thanks again to James Bridle, Manu Luksch, Joseph DeLappe, Sang Mun, Ryan Hughes and Henry Driver for participating in the exhibition and to Dave Checkley for helping to draw the Drone Shadow piece. He certainly had a lot of fun unveilling the piece.

If you want to know more about the exhibition check out the interview with myself and several artists for Imperica.

Stealth runs until 11th July and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 until 17:00.

Stealth

On 25th June I’ll be putting my curator hat back on for my first curatorial duties since my appointment as Associate Producer to present Stealth at Vivid Projects.

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STEALTH presents recent work by UK and international artists critiquing surveillance culture and the invasive and pervasive technologies that shape our daily interactions.

Utilising a variety of media including installations, video, social media and software, the exhibition explores how technology affects and disrupts our perceptions of privacy.

Exhibition launches Thursday 25 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm, and continues to 11 July, open Thu – Sat, 12 – 5pm.

Artists: Manu Luksch, Sang Mun, Henry Driver, James Bridle, Joseph DeLappe, Ryan Hughes.

Associate Producer at Vivid Projects

I’m happy to announce that I have recently joined Vivid Projects as their Associate Producer.

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If you’ve been following my progress as an artist you’ll see that I have worked with VIVID/Vivid Projects in various forms since 2009. In 2009, as a result of the Young People on Arts Boards programme I joined the board of directors at VIVID. As VIVID I curated/co-curated the fizzPOP Howdowino, GLI.TC/H and Bring Your Own Beamer. In their reincarnation as Vivid Projects I curated/co-curated Dirty New Media, Bring Your Own Beamer and µChip 3.

In my new role as Associate Producer I’ll continue to curate shows of new media and digital art and also take the lead on their Black Hole Club members’ scheme.

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Started in 2014, Black Hole Club is a lively, daring space for all kinds of creative people to share and test ideas. Members can use the space to develop their own work, with the possibility of using the space for exhibitions and performances. I plan to take a very active role in helping members develop their practice by finding opportunities, arranging talks and workshops and whatever else they may need.

If you want to know more about the Black Hole Club or just want to chat or pitch ideas to me I can be reached on antonio@vividprojects.org.uk

An Introduction to Pure Data – 5th August

On August 5th from 13:00-17:00 I’ll be running a Pure Data workshop at Vivid Projects.

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Pure Data (aka Pd) is an open source a Visual Programming Language, similar to the likes of vvvv and Max/MSP. Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code. Pd has seen various implementations including live visuals (VJing), electronic music and even as an embedded library on websites, games or a Raspberry Pi.

This 4-hour workshop looks at using Pd for generative and interactive visuals. Participants will learn how to use Pd to create dynamic motion graphics that react and interact with a variety of sources including audio, live data feeds and hardware controllers.

Logistics

  • The workshop will take place at Vivid Projects, which is located at 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS. Ring the buzzer to be let in.
  • The workshop takes place on Tuesday 5th August and will begin at 13:00 and finish at 17:00.
  • The workshop is limited to 15 places
  • Tickets cost £10 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pure-data-workshop-tickets-12365061231

What you will need

  • Pure Data Extended. Pure Data is free and open source software that can be downloaded for Max OSX, Windows and Linux from http://puredata.info. The software comes in two versions, Pure Data Vanilla and Pure Data Extended. For this workshop participants should download Pure Data Extended before the workshop begins in order to have more time developing skills and software.
  • A laptop. Although Pd can run on old hardware, newer hardware results in a smoother usage experience.
  • Ideas! After the basics have been covered the workshop will focus on developing any ideas you have.

Black Hole Club Social/Digbeth First Friday

https://www.facebook.com/events/289513661213995/

Time to try something new…

Join Vivid Projects on Friday 02 May, 6 – 9pm for a special Black Hole Club Social as part of Digbeth First Friday.

The Black Hole Club is a lively, daring space for all kinds of creative people to share ideas. Join us for a social evening of visuals and sonics from club members. Expect beer, music and conversation, which journeys from David Lynch to Oculus Rift!

Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and more.

With different things to see and do each month, anything could happen on a first Friday night out. Grab a Disloyalty Card from participating venues and collect stamps to trade for treats as you sample the great independent culture Digbeth has to offer.

Digbeth First Friday launches Friday 02 May, 6pm – late, Digbeth First Friday and continues 06 June, 04 July, 01 August, 05 September and 03 October 2014.

www.digbethfirstfriday.com