The people are the city

The people are the city

This is a guest blog by social artist Dan Thompson. It first appeared on the a-n blogs page here — 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.. The Coventry-based studio are now working on their second Open Citizens project, and it’s important to understand that this is less a distinct project, more a methodology which underpins a series of projects. Open Citizens encourages people to start to understand problems at a local level, to try and test ideas that use technology to fix them, and through that process understand more about how citizenship might look in the near future. Ludic Rooms are particularly interested in the idea that we live in a postdigital world; that is, where there was once a clear line (maybe…) between the ‘digital’ and the ‘real’ world, that divide no longer exists. So their projects combine cardboard and computing. The current Open Citizens project was commissioned by the team behind Coventry’s bid for UK City of Culture. It is funded by a range of local commercial bid partners as well as Arts Council England. It looks at Coventry’s city centre. The area is...
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...
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...
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 About the show: Virago is a new dance-digital solo production from Sonia Sabri, Artistic Director of SSCo, collaborating with Ludic Rooms. Virago is vibrant, compelling, brave and dynamic, exploring the light vs dark and the real vs fairytale versions of female existence. The work looks at female body image and in particular women’s complex relationship with their own bodies, teasing the audience with perceptions and misconceptions of the female and gender. Sonia’s unique ‘Urban Kathak’ language combines on stage with motion triggered digital art, alongside a sound-score combining spoken word and music, with rich and diverse influences: a cacophony of voices from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, representing and speaking to women worldwide, but appealing all of our humanity, regardless of gender and culture. The digital aspect is cutting edge and experimental, using image manipulation in a sensory dialogue with the live body. Nerdy tech notes: Virago features a setup of 17 custom built illuminated rocks that interact with the performer, in total made up of 352 dynamically controlled Neopixel RGB LEDs and controlled via a mesh network of 6 Arduinos. The show is run from a custom interface, built in Processing by the wonderful Dan Hett....
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, a co-production with The Old Rep and mac Birmingham, will be an exciting combination of contemporary Kathak and new technologies and will tour nationally after opening in March at mac in Birmingham. Ever keen to develop and grow new collaborations, we’re also excited to announce that we’ll be joined by Dan Hett as Associate Artist on the project. The process begins with a series of creative workshops next week in Birmingham and Bristol, including some time playing at Pervasive Media Studio with creative technologist David Haylock and the amazing RAM tools developed by...
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...