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danceroom Spectroscopy in Bhutan

Flatland, Funded Residencies and New Faces

This week, we have announced 4 exciting, funded residency opportunities. We have one artist residency, and three New and Emerging Talent residencies up for grabs for those who want to come and explore ideas at the point where art, culture and technology meet.

A mock up of Victoria Forrest's exhibition for the Great Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. Image by Adam Place

Applications for Playable City Award 2015 are now OPEN

This week, we announced the call out for applications for the 3rd annual Playable City Award, looked Though Another’s Eyes and waved our hankies in residents’ general direction as they journeyed East for exhibitions and labs in Shanghai and Tokyo.

Connected Play set up a swing in the Studio as part of the last REACT Play Sandbox workshop. Photo @ReactHub

Talking treasure troves and texting trees in texas...

This week, we are hugely excited to find out that Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier’s 2014 Playable City Award winning project, Shadowing has been nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year award...

Nikesh and Chris - Photo @veritmcintosh

How to Write About Social Media - A few things I took away from Nikesh Shukla and Chris Killen's Lunchtime Talk.

At the end of January we were joined by authors Nikesh Shukla and Chris Killen, who share a talent for describing the frailties of living life by social media ephemera. They both read from their latest books, Meatspace and In Real Life, and then discussed the relevance of the 21st Century novel and how to approach writing about the internet. Footage of a tandoori lamb chop rising slowly into space (from Nikesh’s promotional Meatspace video) set a surreal backdrop to their conversation. Here are a few things I took away from the talk.

Photo of Fog Bridge

Reflections on Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Bridge Lunchtime Talk

“I was initially painting clouds but this was in the 60s when everyone was out on the streets so I no longer wanted to paint clouds, I wanted to interact with the environment and the actuality of society” Fujiko Nakaya

Standing on the edge of Pero’s Bridge on a busy Saturday afternoon, I made an observation: everyone had a reaction to Fog Bridge. The reactions were diverse, mostly subtle, but some more urgent and spirited. In a few people it provoked irritation. Regardless of the manner of reaction, one thing was clear; the installation caused an interruption to the daily activity.