City Arts Centre, 23/25 Moss Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Creative Director, The Media Centre, Huddersfield, UK
Tom Holley is Creative Director at The Media Centre, one of the most innovative clusters of creative and media enterprises in the UK. The Media Centre’s creative programme focuses on the development and dissemination of dynamic and experimental approaches to the emerging fields of digital and interactive media arts practice
Derek Hales is Architecture Research Leader at the University of Huddersfield where he also leads the digital media subject area. His current work is with the Centre of Excellence in Digital Design, established by the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
These two presentations will outline a collaborative programme of research and residencies – The Digital Research Unit, Huddersfield and a new experimental sound electronic music and sound art festival: Ultrasound. Presentations will include examples from the residency and commission strands of the DRU together with archival footage of this years festival.
Digital Artist, 3D Portraiture
John Gerrard is an artist currently based in Dublin. He recently completed a long term artists residency in the world renowned Ars Electronica Futurelab in Austria. He has a MSc Multimedia (TCD); MA Fine Art (School of the Art Institute of Chicago); BA Sculpture (The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford). He has exhibited internationally with upcoming shows in Bejing, Singapore, Madrid and London. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including a Gallery of Photography Development Bursary for the work in this exhibition.
SimpleText: a mobile-phone enabled performance
SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from their mobile phones. The project focuses on connecting people in shared spaces by attempting to merge distributed devices with creative and collaborative experience. SimpleTEXT focuses on dynamic input from participants as essential to the overall output. The result is a public, shared performance where audience members interact by sending SMS and text through a web-based form to a central server from their input devices These messages are then dynamically mixed, cut, parsed, and spliced to influence and change the visual and audio output. These communications are also run through a speech synthesizer and a picture synthesizer. The incoming images and text are dynamically mixed according to specified rule sets such as length of text and specified keywords.
SimpleTEXT is a collaboration between Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Tim Redfern. It features a musical score by Dunk Murphy of Ambulance. It is commissioned, sponsored and funded by Low-Fi, a new media arts organization and collective based in London, UK.