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. We’ve had to condense everything in our unit into a fraction of its usual space – no workbench or build area for around two months while the building work goes ahead. As part of the process, however, we are expanding! We’ll be consuming another unit on the end of the building, which we’ll be turning into a print studio and additional area for workshops. This also means we’ll get more floor and wall space, running water (from a tap rather than through the wall hopefully) and another window! Aaaah, precious daylight. When we come out of the other side we’ll be working from nearly 1200 sq ft of space. We’ll be sure to update with the ‘after’ pics when it is all...
March and April News

March and April News

There’s lots going on in LR towers (and beyond) over the coming few weeks: At the end of March, Dom is travelling to Aarhus in Denmark to present and lead a workshop at CounterPlay, a huge gathering focussed on Playful Cities / Playful Citizens. Dom will be talking about LR’s work including Open Citizens and playtesting a brand new deck of ideation cards that we have developed for a huge soon to be announced project later this year. We also have another performance of Virago with Sonia Sabri Co at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton. Last show ahead of the tour starting this Autumn. Tickets and details here. Anne and Dom will be travelling to Serbia for our fifth time at the Resonate Festival. Looking forward to catching up with lots of friends at this amazing...
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. We started in October with Dom & Susan making a flying visit to Amsterdam to check out the MediaLab at Cinekid. Great to see such a well established (and well supported!) festival in full swing, particularly with such a focus on participatory practice. In November, things start to get a little crazy: Nov 8th, doing our best to distract ourselves from the US election, we will be hosting a Pecha Kucha Night takeover at The Tin Music and Arts on the theme of Adventures in Art and Technology. Nov 9-13th, Susan & Paul will be heading north of the border to the NEoN Festival and Symposium in Dundee Nov 10-11th, Anne will be in Manchester for the Crafts Council Make:Shift innovation conference building our networks and looking at how we can get contemporary crafts better represented at Random String next year Nov 18th, Dom & Anne will be taking the RS Fellows down to Bristol to host a lunchtime talk at Pervasive Media Studio and catch up with our friends at Knowle West Media Centre If you are coming along to any of the above, please do drop us a line on us@ludicrooms.com or @ludicrooms in all the usual places. We like making...
Random String is go for 2016!

Random String is go for 2016!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just confirmed the support needed to deliver the Random String programme again in 2016. Random String is a wide-ranging development programme based in the West Midlands, offering opportunities for artists, arts organisations and the wider public to explore creative, interactive and connected technologies. The project is a Ludic Rooms production in association with Warwick Arts Centre. Random String consists of: A public facing festival in June, with performances, workshops and artist showcase. A sector-focused Symposium at Warwick Arts Centre on June 10th, with talks, workshops and exhibition. Public workshops at Warwick Arts Centre and in Coventry City Centre. A Fellowship programme to support artists’ professional development. Engagement with academics and researchers in the development of new applied research projects. Head on over to randomstring.co for more information and to get involved! Random String is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the Coventry City Council Project Development Grant programme, building capacity for Coventry’s bid for City of Culture...
‘Canopy’ opening at Warwick Museum

‘Canopy’ opening at Warwick Museum

After weeks of playing around in trees and woodlands with talented young carers from across Warwickshire, we’re delighted to announce that our installation ‘Canopy’ opens tonight at Warwick Museum. The work has been commissioned by Heritage & Culture Warwickshire as part ‘Reframing Sheldon’ of a broader development programme looking at the role of digital technologies in audience development and heritage engagement. The work focusses on how interactive technologies can facilitate a co-created contemporary map of Warwickshire. We have adopted psychogeographical techniques to explore the role of trees in the rural landscape and used this to explore themes of risk-taking and perspective-taking, themes very relevant to the client group. And what better way to play with these themes by climbing trees!? The show is open for two...