by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj of
Blast Theory at 7.30pm Fabrica, Brighton. This event
was organized in association with Digiville
internationally renowned as one of the most adventurous artists'
groups using interactive media, talked about their work and their
ongoing move to Brighton. A large audience came to the presentation,
braving the freezing conditions in a venue which has no heating.
People followed our advice to wrap up warm and also took advantage
of the free mulled wine.
Established in 1991, Blast Theory has created groundbreaking forms
of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences through
the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. The talk
focused on the group's work since 2001 using mobile devices and
locative media, which explores the boundaries between real and
virtual space and the agency of the audience within interactive
They discussed a selection of recent projects including
a number of performances that mix virtual and physical realities:
the award-winning Can
You See Me Now?;
Uncle Roy All Around You; and a major new project in
development called Day Of The Figurines. The artists also
discussed their ongoing move to Portslade to live and work
in a warehouse space overlooking Shoreham Harbour which
they are currently developing.
In March 2005, Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj were
presented with the Maverick Award at the Game Developers Choice
Awards in San Francisco. In 2003, Blast Theory won the much coveted
Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica. They
also received an Honorary Mention at the Transmediale Awards in
Germany in 2001 and have been nominated for many other awards
including four BAFTAs.
Internationally, the group has been represented at art fairs and
festivals including Festival Escena Contemporanea, Madrid; the
Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Rotterdam; Biennale of Sydney;
ArtFutura, Barcelona; International Festival for Dance, Performance
and Media Arts, Köln; Palestine International Video Festival;
and Basel Art Fair.