microFestival

Saturday 11th June, 11-4
City Arcade, Coventry

The Random String microFestival is an exciting day exploring technology and art.

Digital artworks, interactive installations, hands-on arts activities and workshops will fill the City Arcade, including the Shop Front Theatre, Artspace’s City Arcadia and in the recently opened FabLab Coventry.

Completely FREE and open to all.

 

ANTONIO ROBERTS

ENTROPIKA LAB

BIRMINGHAM CAMERA OBSCURA

DAN HETT

SANDRA CRISP

SWOOMPTHEENG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION & WORKSHOP – ENTROPIKA LAB

Where: City Arcadia
When: 11-4

An international collaboration between Artemis Papageourgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, Entropika Lab will create a new interactive sculpture, inviting members of the public to take part in the experience, experiment and play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFORMANCES & PLAY – SWOOMPTHEENG

Where: Shop Front Theatre
When: 11-4

A musical collective concerned with Rave Craft, Zombie Bass & Ritualised Punk Technology, SWOOMPTHEENG will be performing on the day with opportunities to get hands-on with some of their homegrown electronic musical instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION & WORKSHOP – ANTONIO ROBERTS

Where: Shop Front Theatre / Unit 22
When: 11-4

Antonio will be creating a vinyl installation for a shop window in the City Arcade. Roberts is known for his brightly coloured digital artworks, created for the likes of Tate Britain, MTV and the University of Birmingham. Anyone inspired by Antonio Roberts’ work can design and make their own vinyl artwork to take home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVECODING WORKSHOPS – DAN HETT

Where: Fab Lab Coventry
When: 12pm & 2pm (limited spaces)

A BBC R&D Technologist with a crippling addiction to side projects, Dan is inviting members of the public of all ages to take part in free livecoding workshops using LiveCodeLab, a super easy and dynamic approach to being creative with code. Perfect for beginners and experienced coders alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANDS-ON ACTIVITY – BIRMINGHAM CAMERA OBSCURA

Where: Outside in City Arcade
When: 11-4

Jenny Duffin and Pete Ashton, two photographer/artists based in Birmingham, build camera obscuras because they’re cool and interesting and can be used for neat things. They build cameras large and small, run workshops, convert buildings, exploring the science and the art and generally bending light to their will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCREEN-BASED WORK – SANDRA CRISP

Where: Shop Front Theatre
When: 11-4

Sandra uses appropriated online visuals, stored in a digital archive which are reworked over time. Through a process of continual sampling/recycling/layering new connections evolve between the diverse elements of media images, Internet text/graphics and smart phone photos. New work generated from the #randomstring hashtag will be premiered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANDWOVEN ARTWORKS – THEO WRIGHT

Where: Fab Lab Coventry
When: 11-4

Permutations is a collection of handwoven textile artworks from Coventry-based weaver Theo Wright that explores the relation between weaving and mathematics. Theo started by looking at the way a warp is threaded on a loom and used mathematical ideas of permutations and combinations to develop a set of 72 small-scale patterns. He then arranged these systematically to develop a series of woven designs that he has handwoven in silk.

The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

www.theowright.co.uk/permutations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCREEN BASED WORKS – JULIA O’CONNELL

Where: Shop Front Theatre
When: 11-4

I created The Visible Maker after being selected as one of the first resident artists with Random String 2014. The performed work was a cross discipline theatre and craft piece, exploring interactive technology, found sound, personal memory, text and mechanical/hand-stitching. Using a 1919 Singer treadle sewing machine, Isadora software, two Arduinos and live narrative, the work was performed at the Shop Front Theatre in 2015.

www.juliaoconnell.co.uk