My fingers are still aching from live tweeting away at our first ever Northumberland based #HADADi last night – so many ideas, so few characters allowed (even in the extended Twitter version)! Thankfully here I can tell you a bit more about the variety of projects presented in our drop-in digital arts event.
A unique summer #HADADi hosted by the lovely Queen’s Hall in Hexham, presented by Helix Arts and MC Dominic Smith, and starting at the slightly later time of 6.30pm the evening’s agenda was bursting with ideas varied in form and topic, with a receptive audience and some fascinating projects.
MC Dominic Smith suggested a time limit of 7 mins for sketches and presentations of new ideas which criss-cross the perceived boundaries between tech and arts, but we missed Alistair’s big red button from the last #HADADi to keep us to time and in line (we didn’t miss the awful noise!) There’s no doubt that #HADADi presenters have plenty to share. It was great to see new faces with projects and ideas to share with other technies and artists – and there were many things that we could have listened to all evening – for instance Katrina Porteous’ solar-science inspired poetry with visuals and electronic sound accompaniment from a NUSTEM project. FASCINATING stuff. First up to present - Katrina got us all inspired to think about the interaction between science and art, words and maths - and how we can work together. Did you know that the sun makes a noise?
Following that was tough, but we dialled up Nikki Pugh, at her current Residency at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery to talk about her work on Helix Arts’ project Hidden Treasures. Nikki’s work is centred around interactions between people and places, using tools and strategies from pervasive gaming and physical computing to create spaces for exploration. Nikki used Twine to create an online trail that offered an interactive experience to families and children using the ‘app’ to find hidden boxes around Stamfordham Village, filled with art-work created by children working with animator and artist Sheryl Jenkins. You can find out more about the project by visiting the website www.hiddenteasuresnorth.org and try out the interactive trail yourself – available to the public until 2019.
Next up we were joined by Mike Mchugh whose exhibition Tynedale Sounds Society is open now at Queen’s Hall. Watch out for their Record-a-thon events, monthly broadcasts of Tyneside Sounds Society and listen to collected and found sound online, or via cassette tape (yes, remember those?) at the exhibition. This prompted much discussion on low-fi labelling techniques, order, music and having or not having a plan. The project has taken on a life of its own, and listening to Mike you can see why… I know that I’m itching to start my own sound collection. You can find out more at https://extra.resonance.fm/series/tyneside-sounds-society or on the Queen’s Hall website.
By no means flagging – we jumped into the future with Unfolding Theatre’s Morag Iles and Alex Elliott sharing their interactive project MultiVerse Arcade, currently to be found at The Mining Institute in Newcastle as part of The Great Exhibition of the North. It looks to young people to answer the question ‘what change would you make if you were in charge?’ and employs Raspberry Pi tech behind the scenes of an intimate booth where you can record your own response and listen to others. Check out Unfolding’s Instagram for accessible recordings and images, and their website for details of what’s up next, including a multiverse symposium on 29 Aug; looking at the work through the lens of innovation, funded by CreativeFuseNE.
Pete Woods from Hexham TV and artist Ali Elly completed the evening with their inspirational QR code plans for projecting a giant salmon over Hexham Bridge in a multi-arts digital project and we finished up the evening peacefully viewing Ali’s blue dots inspired by the aesthetic of moving water and architecture.
Lots of variety and inspiration in a lovely venue. Thanks to everyone especially MC Dominic Smith and Queen’s Hall.
See you next time at #HADADi at Think Lab, Newcastle from 5pm.
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