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The lovely people at the BBC have a Design Trainee Scheme at the moment that’s worth taking a look at:
The best way to start a career in design for broadcast-whether it’s art department, costume, make-up or interactive design
Over 12 Months you will gain valuable contacts, experience and on-the-job training; with placements across the industry
Placements are highly sought after and the applicants must submit a portfolio of work as part of the application process.
Find out more info here:
Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is an annual festival of new cinema and digital culture which welcomes audiences to experience the best in new cinema and media art in a celebration that spills from screens and galleries into the streets and imaginations of the North West. Taking place annually in Liverpool and Manchester with an extended programme in Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire, this cross-regional festival provokes challenging new ideas which have been progressing since the festival launched in September 2009.
Abandon Normal Devices is driven by a collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading art and digital culture institutions. Cornerhouse, Manchester, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in Liverpool and folly in Lancaster. AND is part of WE PLAY, the Northwest cultural legacy project for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
FACT and Cornerhouse Manchester both have Marketing & Communications internship opportunities available for this years festival: Read the rest of this entry »
This Thursday, 17th March, Fashion Communications students transformed their workspace to showcase their work for ‘Charity Couture’, a project to transform an outfit selected from a charity shop into a ‘couture’ garment. Students were then set the task of ‘selling’ their styled look through their own photography of the piece. The garments and the photographs were on display all afternoon in the studio 12 space where the students work, attracting a steady stream of visitors within the ADA throughout the afternoon.
There was a wide variety of styles within the mini show, from sleek professional shots to rich location led images shot in St Georges Hall.
Student Ben Sherwood completely reworked a pair of classic trousers, combining them with an african inspired vivid red print. Eleanor Gregory created a sumptuous Haute Couture outfit inspired by fairytale themes and classic ‘Chanel’. Her final photograph was shot on location in Liverpools’ St Georges Hall, picturing her sensual flowing trousers and vintage wool cardigan against the area’s classic architecture.
The event was attended by designer Patrick Ian Hartley, who had the unenviable task of choosing a winner from the group. After much deliberation, he chose two finalists; Khloe Vaughan and Charlotte Hunt. Khloe’s outfit, a suffragette style playsuit was photographed using creative angles worthy of a place in any leading fashion magazine. The final image was a real testament to her resourcefulness, modelling the outfit herself on the ADA roof terrace with the help of fellow contestant Ben Sherwoods photography skills. Charlotte chose a blurred, abstract style for her image, which was applauded for its confidence and individuality.
The event was a great exercise in putting on a show and self promotion and a great feat for lecturers Lucy Brown and Giulia Bonali..
Well done everyone and we look forward to seeing some of your work over the next few years
The Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School takes place in the village of Drewsteignton, outside of Exeter. For one week every July. The courses embrace a range of disciplines taught by leading practitioners, presenting a rich and varied programme of talks, music, performance and screenings. During the week, artists come together to discuss ideas and share experiences. The majority of the courses are aimed at Fine Art students and young artists but they also run an innovative ‘Spatial Structures’ course with architect Piers Taylor for young architects as well as an in-depth Art & Philosophy course.
A number of bursaries of up to 40% of the course fees are available for 2011. Bursaries are open to emerging artists, photographers, printmakers, designers and architects. The Bursary application deadline is the 18th April 2011. Places are limited so please apply early here and click on ‘bursaries’.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunites.
But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?
This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.
Find out more at http://www.presspauseplay.com/
Interesting video timeline of buildings that display media on the outside in dynamic ways.
The timeline depicts international media facades with their different artistic, social or brand messages up to interfaces like iPhone Apps or brain sensors for public participation. The movie is a shortened version of the lecture, „The semiotics of media facades – When buildings start to twitter” that was presented at the Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 2010.
In December, the Art and Design Pod collaborated with Open Labs to host preFAB; an informal evening of creative collaboration with a group of creative enthusiasts, designers, makers from the Merseyside area, who were interested in gaining exposure to the ADA fabrication equipment with potential opportunities arising throughout the evening to use laser cutters and 3D printers.
During the course of the evening, three teams had access to both the fabrication equipment at the ADA and assistance from the Design Pod staff to help them flesh out their ideas. The event was also a great opportunity for participants to meet, work and mingle with like-minded creative people.
The evening’s activity was centered around a brief provided by the Design Pod team to reinvent the Christmas Cracker for the 21st century.
A range of imaginative and insightful ideas were developed over the course of the evening, ranging from a gingerbread tree structure created from laser cut ginger snap biscuits to a Russian Roulette table centerpiece.
The winning project, Crack.r foresaw a virtual based cracker which allowed users to share personal information and items from smartphones with each other by slotting them into a cracker device
IIsa Parry of Rethinkthings commented,
“preFAB offered me the opportunity to meet new contacts, as well as participate in an unusual creative evening. It was also great to understand what ADA@LJMU offer in terms of facilities and services. I’m now really looking forward to FAB Camp in January.”
Jason Taylor (Operations Manager at Open Labs) said,
“preFAB is one of a series of activities focused on making local companies aware of emerging technology and market opportunities. Events such as this are an ideal platform to raise awareness and encourage collaborations between the University and the Creative Industries. A further more in depth event, FAB Camp Liverpool, is planned for January of next year.”
A weekend long Fab Camp Liverpool event is planned for the ADA on the 29th-30th January. Watch this space for more details!
LJMU’s recently launched Shang-Pool Arcadia, in collaboration with the University of Shanghai and involving academics, students and the public has been nominated for a Learning Without Frontiers Award for innovations in Further and Higher Education alongside Oxford University and Emantras, USA.
It is now up to the public to decide the overall award winner, leaving an opportunity to vote for this LJMU project.
The voting page here and the deadline is 4th January 2011.
Peter Appleton, LJMU Reader in Creative Technology Artist and Director of the project explained:
“As the impact of academic research on the public is high on the education agenda at present, this brings out an unexpected collaboration between arts and science academics, students and the public which is effectively using ‘Second Life’ live to share academic knowledge with the community and to impact on regeneration and rebuilding of destroyed cultures.”
Following on from the success of the professional Liverpool Hacks meet Hackers event in July, local company ScraperWiki, in partnership with Open Labs & Liverpool School of Art & Design, held a ‘Student Edition’ of the Hacks meet Hackers Hack Day for both LJMU’s School of Journalism and the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.
This practical event demonstrated how to utilise programming and design techniques to create online news stories and features based on ‘datasets’ from publicly available data.
The ultimate aim of this event was to demonstrate to student journalists how to use programming and design techniques to create online news stories and features; and vice versa, to show student coders/developers/programmers how to find, develop, and polish stories and features.
Attracting a mix of students from both schools was essential to create the balance of hacks (journalists) and hackers (coders/programmers) who were introduced to the concept of data driven journalism. The event was sponsored by Trinity Mirror which meant we had the added bonus of some professional journalists on hands to assist the students with fleshing out their ideas for projects.
Armed with laptops and Wifi, students fell into teams of around four to five based on topics which were of interest to them to develop project ideas.
The range of subjects which emerged included:
‘Football League Attendance’: which related attendance at matches with performance on the pitch;
‘Police Helicopters’: an interesting investigation into the cost effectiveness of Helicopters in Merseyside policing;
‘The Class Divide’: a topical and interesting set of data reflecting the type of education current MPs enjoyed and whether some of them may have faired otherwise if they had to pay for their university education;
and finally ‘Scraping the Barrel’: which was an unusual look into school applications in relation to Health statistics of a number of wards in the Liverpool region.
Towards the end of a feverish day of activity and excitement, each team where given the opportunity to present their project to the group.
The day culminated in a judging session, where all projects were assessed on a guidance criteria which included categories such as ‘concept development’ ‘execution of idea’, ‘project potential’ and ‘presentation format’, with a final prize giving session for the Judges’ winning project, which was ‘Scraping the Barrel’.
Hacks meet Hackers Student Edition : a collaboration between ScraperWiki & Open Labs & the Liverpool School of Art & Design at Liverpool John Moores University and sponsored by Trinity Mirror.
For further information about Open Labs contact Director, Lindsay Sharples: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 231 4747.
The agency realised that while people may share their most treasured memories and photographs via Facebook, the constantly changing nature of the site means that they can quickly be forgotten, or lost amongst the amount of info stored in a profile. So Bouygues Télécom created the option of turning your Facebook profile into an actual book.
Come down and visit the ADA tonight for a virtual canoe tour! The live event uses the lake in Stanley Park setting for a virtual meeting place, enabling people from Liverpool and Shanghai to mingle, talk and play together amid the imagined landscapes of Second Life. The event follows a highly successful debut in the Bluecoat as part of the Shang-pool project, a unique collaboration between Shanghai and Liverpool conceived and co-ordinated by ADA Fine Art Lecturer, Peter Appleton. Collaborators Jiang Fei and Wang Zheng, from Shanghai University have been developing Wii like control pad in the form of canoe oars that are used to virtually paddle a life sized canoe. As well as controlling a virtual canoe in Second Life, the paddles will also drive a real, model canoe on the lake in Stanley Park. The co-operation of those paddling is essential as each paddle stroke on either side affects the motion and direction of the boat. These paddles also control the experimental Arcadian drone canoe. This model canoe will sail on the actual lake in Stanley Park relaying live video images of its location back to the Academy allowing us to add another layer of reality to the voyage.
You can come to the Academy from 4pm to 7 pm tonight or alternatively, visit the park from any internet linked computer if you download and log in to Second-Life.
Jelly is a FREE monthly work-together and you’re invited !
If you work from home, want a change of scene, need to seek out some inspiration and perhaps to meet with other creative people in a welcoming environment, then JellyLiverpool is what you need.
We hold JellyLiverpool on the first Thursday in each month, so the next one will be on 2nd December.
Casual co-working is awesome and is proving so popular that we are taking JellyLiverpool to a new home; the Leaf Tea Shop & Bar on Bold Street (the new one!).
There isn’t a specific criteria to participate in JellyLiverpool, you can visit for the day or just drop in for an hour or 2 – it’s completely up to you.
Bring your laptop and some work, and Jelly provides wifi, a table and chairs, and smart people to bounce ideas off and collaborate with. (Don’t worry, Jelly isn’t about finding new clients, pitching your business or selling).
Open Labs@LJMU want to encourage a variety of delegates to attend. So, please pass on the word to your friends and colleagues in Liverpool. We wish to attract artists, graphic designers, or anyone else who works remotely or independently – the greater the range of attendees, the more interesting JellyLiverpool becomes.
Signing up before isn’t compulsory but if you want to see who else is attending check out JellyLiverpool on Facebook.
The exhibition celebrates Paik as the inventor of media art. At a time when television was still a novelty, Paik foresaw the future popularity of this new and exciting medium.
With artworks ranging from scores of early music performances and Paik’s involvement in the Fluxus movement to TV works, impressive robot sculptures and large-scale video installations; Tate Liverpool’s exhibition will both entertain and inspire.
The exhibition runs from 17 December 2010 – 13 March 2011 – more details here.
“What is a cyborg?” “Maybe they are more common than we think” was the opening statement began an eye-opening talk in the ADA last night. Revolutionary designer, Revital Cohen fed the rapt audience a whistle stop tour of a range of health related design solutions, each with a unique perspective on biology, technology and our relationships to both. We do not have to look far for evidence of cyborgs in our midst, Revital explained; Far from the world of science fiction, there are millions of human beings living in the world today who only exist because of the fusion man and machine. The cyborg of modern times, she explained were patients of various diseases bound to heavy, noisy and ugly dialysis machines in order to stay alive.
Although essential for living for the patient, the machines which “have not been reinvented in over 40 years” are severely lacking in their design and completely ignore any sense of humanity in the patient.
Revital, a former furniture design student, embarked on the project in her final year at the Royal College of Art, embarking on a period of research into the feelings and needs of patients. Armed with a video camera, she visited patients in a nearby hospital, where she recorded their opinions on their symbiotic relationship with a dialysis machine. One patient described the relationship that of a slave to a master;
“there’s certain things you have to do in order not to upset them”. “It’s keeping you alive, but then again, it’s keeping you a prisoner as well. It more or less dominates your life really”
In order to challenge our unquestioning acceptance of this relationship, Revital’s response was one that provoked outrage, wonder and disbelief. What if, instead of a machine, we reverted to a biological solution and employed a small farmyard animal to act as a cleanser of patients blood? Without any cruelty to the animal, a small lamb could be employed to sleep by the patient at night, cleansing their blood and replacing the need for dialysis by machine. The lamb could then become a household pet during the day almost like a companion akin to a dogs used by the visually impaired. Revital’s photographic images and meticulous diagrams of this relationship almost make this idea seem feasible. Her proposal, she explained was only outrageous because of our cultural expectations.
“Some people have no problem eating meat or wearing leather” she argued, but felt that this was cruel despite “the relationship humans have had with animals for thousands of years”.
Revital does not propose that any of her designs become common practise and argues that she does not even think they should. Her purpose, she believes is to challenge and provoke thought; to show what could rather than what should. Her ideas, she hopes, will inspire others to go beyond the boundaries of what is accepted thought to improve on a product that cares little of its user. Her aim with this project, she remarked, was to design something that showed she considered the patient first and foremost, over that of scientific logic. Is that not the ideal of every designer? To use logic to advantage, yet accept nothing as a steadfast rule that cannot be broken? Inspiring, exciting and a breath of fresh air, Revital is certainly one to watch.
Scraperwiki, the online information group who – “Make bad data good, collaborate & discover new datasets.” – in partnership with Open Labs, is running a “Student Edition” of the Hacks and Hackers Hack Day for students from both LJMU’s School of Journalism and the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.
It will take place in Liverpool on Wednesday December 8, 2010 from 9.30am to 5pm at Liverpool John Moores University’s Art and Design Academy.
So what’s this hack day all about? This event is a practical day demonstrating programming & design techniques, creating online news stories and features based on datasets, culminating in a final prize giving session for the most interesting and well presented projects. This practical day will demonstrate how student coders, programmers, web developers and designers will pair up with student journalists to produce projects and stories based around publicly available data.
Find out more and how to apply on their Blog…
onedotzero_adventures in motion, our pioneering festival, returns this year to London’s BFI Southbank from 10 – 14 November 2010. Presenting the most exciting international moving image work, from the offbeat to the radical, the festival pushes the boundaries of creativity, innovation and technological wonder.
Graphic Arts graduate Will Sweeney’s promo for Birdy Nam Nam’s “The Parachute Ending” has made it through to the final selection for the Guggenheim Museum’s, YouTube Play biennial of creative video. The inaugural event showcases the most innovative online video from around the world and the judges including Stefan Sagmeister, Darren Aronofsky, Takeshi Murakami and Laurie Anderson had their work cut out going through the 23,300 submissions to produce a final selection of just 20.