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The people are the city

The people are the city

If the last few years have taught us anything, it should be that democracy is more complicated than asking people a binary question. That creates instability, uncertainty, and a dangerous space where bad ideas rise to the top. We need every citizen to understand issues, interrogate policy, question authority, and find local solutions to global problems. This week, I spent a couple of days working with Ludic Rooms, to look at how their Open Citizens projects start to find ways to create such an enabled, empowered and emboldened citizenship..

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Work with us – Creative Internship

Work with us – Creative Internship

Ludic Rooms has an opportunity for a bright, motivated, self-starter to work with us on a major interactive art project taking place across Coventry from June to October 2017. Ludic Rooms is a postdigital organisation that creates art and technology projects that engage with people and take place in the real world. The details of this project are currently under wraps, but all you need to know at the moment is that it’s guaranteed to receive major press and media attention and lots of online traffic once it goes live. The internship involves supporting the design and build of a public exhibition in Coventry in June, as well as documentation, marketing and logistics tasks towards the final event which takes place 9-15 October. We would be looking for approximately 100 hours of your time, but there’s the potential to get more involved if that suits you. We would pay you at £10/hr. We’re looking for someone with good design sense, communication skills and lots of energy, experience of participatory arts or media is a bonus. If you think this is you, send a one page CV and covering letter to us@ludicrooms.com by 12 May 2017 explaining why you’re interested in this opportunity, plus any relevant links to previous... read more
BANG! CRASH! All change

BANG! CRASH! All change

We love our studio here at the Canal Warehouse but for the last year we’ve had a rather stinky problem. Calling an 18thC warehouse our home certainly has its benefits but around a year ago we discovered that one of our lovely exposed 200 year old brick walls had a problem. A leak…from the canal…into the studio. This has meant heaps of damp, mould and general mankiness. It has taken months of wrangling to get the problem seen to but finally some rather major renovations are taking place.

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Virago LIVES

Virago LIVES

After a week of late nights and early mornings in the space, our new touring show ‘Virago’, a collaboration with Sonia Sabri Co, opened at mac on Saturday.

This has been a complex creative journey, with a host of technical dilemmas and challenges. We are, however delighted with the final piece.

You can get another chance to see the show at the Wolverhampton Arena on March 29th. Tickets and info here

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To tell a story

To tell a story

We’re very excited to announce that we are about to begin work on a new collaboration with Sonia Sabri Company to develop a new touring performance piece for 2017. The show, produced in partnership with The Old Rep, will be an exciting combination of contemporary Kathak and new technologies and will tour nationally after opening in March at mac in Birmingham…

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Painting with Light

Painting with Light

This weekend we are at the Warwick Arts Centre Family Weekend doing free drop-in workshops with light painting. This is all part of our Random String partnership with the arts centre. We have all sorts of different LED lights for you to get creative with. Come down Saturday or Sunday any time from 10-5. You’ll get to leave with your own artwork in print, completely free. All the images can also be found at our Facebook... read more
Autumn adventures

Autumn adventures

This month we are lucky to be travelling all over, meeting new friends and playmates, checking out festivals and events and sharing the work we’ve been doing on the Random String Fellowship programme…

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Wandering Web Mk1 R&D

Wandering Web Mk1 R&D

This week Dom will be in residence at Daimler House, home of Imagineer Productions, working on R&D for ‘Wandering Web’, a new piece which will hopefully see full fruition in 2017.

Wandering Web is part participatory interactive art project, part giant rope-crafted spider’s web, part ouija board, part maypole dance. Or something like that…

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The giant marble run

The giant marble run

We were invited by Make Space to run a creative play session at this year’s Godiva Festival, the UK’s largest free and ticketless family festival (there were nearly 150,000 visitors this year!) Over the course of the weekend we welcomed around 3000 people into the tent to build and play with a giant Rube Goldberg-esque marble run. By the end it was around 5m³ and had 300 or so golf balls running around it at a time…

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