Manchester International Festival’s Virtual Factory Welcomes Its First Million Visitors

Just a few weeks after opening, one million people have already visited Virtual Factory, the new digital manifestation of The Factory, the landmark cultural space currently under construction, which will be Manchester International Festival’s year-round home. Gamers and non-gamers alike … Continue reading

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ABANDON NORMAL STRATEGIES: Limited edition artwork from Abandon Normal Devices

A timely and unconventional limited edition artwork delivered to your home, from (typically) digital-art producer Abandon Normal Devices (AND), creative prompt cards Abandon Normal Strategies aspire to galvanise alternative approaches to thinking during this extraordinary time of change and profusion … Continue reading

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SWCTN Data Blog: We can’t process information when we are drowning….

Another fascinating SWCTN blog, this time from Data fellow Grace Quantock revealing common experiences and responses to data gleaned from her work as a trauma therapist. Emotional dysregulation Traumatic stress tends to evoke two emotional extremes: feeling either too much … Continue reading

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SWCTN Blog: Data consumption increase in lockdown – should we flatten this curve?

Interesting and timely blog from South West Creative Technology (SWCTN) Data fellow Corinne Stuart, an engineer/maker with experience in both automotive and product design. Through the fellowship she will explore the true environmental impact of our data usage. Yes, we … Continue reading

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AVATAR ARTIST LATURBO AVEDON TAKES OVER THE FACTORY REIMAGINED IN FORTNITE CREATIVE

Launching today, world premiere of the first Virtual Factory commission reimagines OMA’s landmark design for Manchester International Festival’s future home Other Virtual Factory artists premiering original digital work over the next 12 months include Jenn Nkiru, Robert Yang and Tai … Continue reading

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8 Minutes announced as part of Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

“Solar powered beauty” Evening Standard Next Friday, 8 May groundbreaking choreographer Alexander Whitley’s 2017 dance production, 8 Minutes, will be presented as part of Sadler’s Wells free online platform, Digital Stage, designed to keep audiences “entertained and connected through dance … Continue reading

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SWCTN Automation Prototype Teams Announced

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) have just announced their Automation Prototype Teams! There are eight in all, each receiving SWCTN funding over the next six months to bring their ideas to life in readiness for the Automation showcase … Continue reading

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VIKA Books takeover on The Bookseller homepage today

Created by immersive book publishers and Pervasive Media Studio residents VIKA Books as part of the South West Creative Technology Network, Baby BSL: Where is the Bird? encourages parents of both deaf and hearing children to learn British Sign Language … Continue reading

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How to confound + confuse facial recognition technology

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The current cohort of 24 fellows are focussing their attention on automation, often regarded as … Continue reading

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LEADING MINDS GATHER TO DISCUSS CREATIVITY, TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE AT YORK MEDIALE

What is the creative potential of solitude? What next for storytelling in videogames? How do politics & power shape our ongoing relationship with technology? Interaction designer and leading IoT entrepreneur, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino; British video-game designer Sam Barlow; creative technologist and … Continue reading

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