Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Santa’s Secret Tombola

December 19, 2006

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Attention Credits ID S7T267692552006X was bought at Santa’s Secret Tombola

Mulled wine, decorations, Christmas trees, lights, nibbles and art all under one roof. What more could could an art-lover want on the penultimate shopping weekend before Christmas?

Check it out on Art Cornwall to see all the works that was exhibited.

Read more on BBC Where I Live

Attention Credits… coming soon

December 18, 2006

Awaiting the sucess of the £10 Secret Santa Tombola in Cornwall, more details about Attention Credits coming soon…

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Value Your Attention
Your attention is important and should be valued, the purpose of having the card allows you the freedom to use your attention with intent, be pro-active not passive.
Be present.
Your Attention Card contains a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponder. You may be aware of this technology, it is used to track parcels, inside Oyster cards and becoming closer to being inside our mobile phones.
What Attention Credits aims to do is give YOU the power to control YOUR presence and to be aware of YOUR presence.
The original project Attention Please! An experiment aimed to test an audience and was held in a contained environment, Attention Credits aims to widen our awareness. To find out more investigate this blog.

Attention tips:
Use your credits wisely.
Be a repeat giver.
To be awarded more credits pay more attention.

Research proves that you will be rewarded when you give more Attention.

If you would like to identify yourself as a participant then please leave a comment here!

ID S7T267692552006X

Loop Video Fair

May 22, 2006

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This weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Loop Video Fair in Barcelona, it was a truly wonderful experience. Firstly it was my first art fair, which was an experience in itself – it really opened my eye's to the world of the art market, people buying art, thats not a painting or a photograph or a sculpture, a regular commodity for the wealthy.
I met lots of interesting and fun people, saw hours and hours of videos, listened to some thought provoking debate, ate some delicious food and still had the chance to do some dancin!!!
Ok so the fair takes place in a hotel, the invited galleries get a hotel room to display the work, using projections straight on to the walls (after they had removed any pictures), monitors and tv's on the fixed furniture, the floor and in the bathroom (and the gallerist's get to stay in the same room for the weekend too). Its a very different context to any other I've ever seen video displayed in, and because of this context most of the work is displayed as single channel pieces.

One highlight was the talk I went to:
"Round Table: Competing developments in video and film distribution – the market and festivals in dialogue…
The debate will focus on the subject of the latest productions and new directions in video, the parallel development of markets for limited edition video works and mass-distribution "video" cinema, and the growing number of festivals dedicated to video and digital art."

So there was discussion on the issues of technical installation and developments in display methods; the potential of video art that goes beyond single channel works; the challenges that the media has on the market (you can buy an edition of a work but you then need the technical equipment to view the work) and the reasons for buying video art being less about the commodity and more about a passion and love of the media, work and the aspiration to develop artists.
Where do you draw the line between video art or experimental/short film, do you need to, is the difference just the context in which the work is being viewed? Does duration and narrative influence the context, if you pay money to see a screening programme are you more devoted/committed to all the films.

But just as inspiring was the quality dancing that was to be had at La Paloma, what an amazing venue, with some interesting performances!

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Attention Rewards

May 4, 2006

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To say thanks to all those who've helped with the Attention Please experiment (for those who are in Liverpool) we're having a few beers from 6pm in the Box at FACT today!
Hope to see you there.

Photo: fenbranklin

Troika’s in town!

May 4, 2006

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Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio from Troika Ranch are in town!  are responsible for the fantastic Isadora software which Sara has used to programme her video work. Dawn and Mark stopped by yesterday to 'Pay Attention' and then came with us for dinner and drinks. Troika Ranch are in Liverpool as part of their 9 week tour of their latest performance, which will also tour to other european cities including Berlin.

Experiment underway

May 3, 2006

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The Attention Please experiment is now live in The Box at FACT, Liverpool, UK. The live experiment runs Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May from 2-6pm. We have already had quite large visitor numbers attending, all of whom have been paying attention!

Open Call

April 18, 2006

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We're seeking gallery goers in Liverpool to take part in an interactive experiment. The experiment asks nothing more than for you, the audience to give your attention. “Attention Please!” is a video installation with a difference; your attention is important and valuable, pay your attention carefully, and it will be rewarded.

Artist Sara Smith is working with technology partner Kisky Netmedia on this experiment using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. We're mixing techno tags with vivacious video. We're exploring presence and your effect on the art.

As people, ideas and hot new products compete for our attention through TVs, billboards, and the Internet, do they know if we're really paying attention? What if your attention can be measured? What happens when we pay attention to art? And if we do, will it change or react? Will it know? Does it matter? It does now.

We're looking for individuals and groups to participate in our experiment. Come alone, bring your friends or family; it's fun!

Pay attention at

The Box, FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ.

03 & 04 May 2pm – 6pm

Just turn up.
If you want to bring a group before 2pm or only finish work at 6pm and want to come afterwards, contact us and we would be happy to accommodate you!

Looking forward to seeing you!

RFID & the Internet of Things

April 8, 2006

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Mediamatic is hosting another workshop on RFID. “RFID & the Internet of Things” is taking place 9th – 11th May 2006.

From their website: “RFID will play a pivotal role in fusing the physical world with the digital. RFID allows for the unique identification of objects, and any kind of online data can be linked to these unique ID’s.
Here is where the real world and the internet become two faces of the same reality. Things go online.”

It’s a pitty it wil be after our experiment has taken place – but for others working the RFID it’s a must do event!

Networking at Diffraction

April 7, 2006

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Earlier this week we were at the Diffraction conference at FACT, my technology partners KISKY were invited to present at the conference on "emerging issues and the way ahead". They had been documenting the conference and uploading everything to flickr and in their breakout group session they made a podcast, which was well attended by past and present ITEM artists.
The conference was a really good opportunity for me to not only hear about past projects and experiences, the wider discussion of arts, technology, industry and science but to start talking about my project, to meet some of the other present ITEM artist and people working with RFID. Everyone's projects are at different stages, and there were a lot of shocked faces when I told them our experiment was happening in a month. The pressure's on!!

Lots of people said they would be following the blog – I can't wait to hear what you have to say.

Paying attention at AIGA London

March 30, 2006

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TED and ETech (2 recent global tech and design conferences in California) ‘happened’ over the last few weeks. AIGA is bringing together four participants in these conferences to reflect on what’s hot in tech innovation. Everyone’s talking about it: Attention.

Wednesday 5 April 2006, 6:30 for 7 PM (until 8:45 PM) 01zero-one, Peter Street, Soho, London W1F 0HS http://www.01zero-one.co.uk/contact.htm

More info on AGIA and the event here:
http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm?contentalias=edlondon