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"It’s been a really fruitful few months of thinking, talking and working together. Everyone has had the chance to learn, to create and to predict the future. We have forecast technological advances, cultural changes and our own respective destinies. It’s been tough, but rewarding. Are we way off the mark, or are we right on the money? We shall have to see. Maybe you could predict your own future, or just let it be."

Arts & Gaming Apps - research & development project

Want to learn about app development from the experts? Passionate about the arts? Based in the Midlands?

sampad, in partnership with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), University of Birmingham and technology specialist Mixed Reality Studios are looking for 15 IdeasTap members with an interest art to join a team of researchers, artists, curators and technologists to explore whether mobile technology can help cultural organisations engage young audiences.

Here’s the deal…

You’ll attend a minimum of three sessions led by creative producer Amy Martin. You’ll learn what you need to consider when developing an app, the range of costs, what developers need from clients and common pitfalls. Next up, you’ll explore the potential of sampad’s mobile app by creating mood boards to inform the game’s design and function. In these sessions you’ll also get to investigate the BMAG’s collections. Once you’ve decided on the look, feel, functionality and content of the app, Mixed Reality Studios will begin building a prototype of the app.

The final stage is testing to see whether the game can be used to get more young people visiting BMAG.

This opportunity is perfect for any young creative with an interest in app development. You could be an artist, producer, project manager, or just a creative type who wants to play a part in bringing a museum into the 21th century.

You must be available to attend sessions on the 25 October, 15 and 29 November. No app-building skills are needed. Expenses are paid and mentoring opportunities are available. 

About sampad

Established in 1990, sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian arts based in Birmingham, in the UK. It plays a significant role regionally, nationally and beyond, in promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse artforms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Through its work sampad serves, supports and initiates South Asian arts in all its forms working with youth, community, education and professional artists.

To apply visit IdeasTap here, the brief closes on Friday 18 October at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 to 24.


Young Rewired ART features 10 young artists from Birmingham taking part in a week-long ‘pressure cooker summer school’ during Young Rewired State’s ‘Festival of Code' from 5-11 August. It will include workshop in careers in the digital economy, team-working, activism and ideas generation, plus Arduino hack sessions and coding workshops.


Participants will take part in workshops that aim to develop transferable skills for the 21st century such as soft skills in resilience and flexibility, skills of an artist such as creativity and collaboration but also digital literacy, which includes the building blocks of technology and the Internet, such as coding, html and Arduino.


Once the group are skilled up and confident they will be tasked to combine their specialisms to design and produce a new piece of digital art. This could be an App, a digital sculpture, or a creative representation of data.


This project will explore how digital media can influence our next generation of musicians, visual artists, dancers, producers & actors etc and enable young people to showcase and develop their creative practice online. It would also enable young people to use technology creatively and explore the relationship it has to mainstream arts and culture. 


This project was devised by Amy Martin in partnership with Young Rewired State and Lara Ratnaraja it is funded by Arts Council England.


The lead project artists are Nikki Pugh and Antonio Roberts.

Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code is an annual celebration of everything code. It occurs all over the UK every year in the first full week of August, and ends with a long weekend at the Custard Factory in Birmingham (UK), with everybody coming together for a weekend of showcasing the amazing achievments created during the week. Expect talks from awesome and influential people, pizza, as well as games and table tennis.

It is the best way to get to know how YRS works and become a part of the community, whether as a young person, mentor or host centre.

For more information:

Online art in the form of animated gifs from Japanese Art Collective RRRRRRRROLL

Online art in the form of animated gifs from Japanese Art Collective  RRRRRRRROLL,  five artists involved in art directing, shooting, and animating these gorgeous, dizzying gifs. Who needs a sit down? Just me then. 

Your sausage awaits - Digital Sizzle Art Hackathon 2, 26-28 July, London


Digital Sizzle Art Hackathon 2, 26-28 July, London, Your sausage awaits; is the slogan, a Hackathon that promises fun in the sun with a  barbeque theme, this hackathon is taking place in the five-star South Place Hotel in the City of London, the brief is to take any data and turn it into something creative;. Developers, programmers and artistic types are all invited.

Partly performed on Google+ Midsummer Night’s Dreaming is a one-off digital theatre project and the RSC’s 40th interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream a tale of love, fairies and mischief. 

Across Midsummer weekend (21 — 23 June) the play will be performed by an acting company in real time, directed by our Artistic Director Gregory Doran, culminating in a wedding, which you can attend. More information about the live events and the cast will be released shortly.

Meanwhile, the story will be shared through photos, snippets and news stories online from the perspectives of some lesser known characters, as if it was happening in real life. Where ever you are in the world you can watch the play unfold via some clever technology on our website, and we are inviting you to share your take on the production.

Find out more at http:// and follow the RSC on Google+…

image is an online curatorial project, a platform for the production, display and distribution of commissioned artworks and critical is devoted to exploring ways we perceive things, promoting practices and dialogues across and beyond media, and to thinking over and working with the empty web page.

Rhizome, New York

Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. Our organizational voice draws attention to artists, their work, their perspectives and the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture.

Hackschooling is an innovative mind set that does  not place value on any one curriculum or source of inspiration/ information but rather borrows from a range of spaces and places both on and offline. A remix of traditional education, which takes advantage of opportunities to attend workshops, watch lectures online and download resources on any topic at any time. Today’s young people need not only basic education, but the ability to deal with an increasingly complex and connected world, now, more than ever before, it is critical to look at solutions that complement the framework of traditional schooling.

Future audiences, future art, future technology.

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