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Blast Theory

Blast Theory is an internationally renowned artists’ group led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj. The group's work explores interactivity and the relationship between real and virtual space with a particular focus on the social and political aspects of technology.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £140,000
  • 2013-2014: £140,000
  • 2014-2015: £140,000

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What Is Ivy4Evr?

Ivy4Evr is an SMS drama for teenagers created by Blast Theory, written by Tony White, author of novels including Foxy-T (Faber), and commissioned by Channel 4 Education. After registering your mobile number and email address on the Ivy4Evr website, participants begin to receive SMS messages from Ivy -- ranging from quick updates about the minutiae of her life right at that moment, to pleas for help with her dilemmas about friends versus family, college and band commitments. You can reply to Ivy as often as you like, and the more you do, the more you will hear back from her.

I'd Hide You - Day One

Documentation of the first day of I'd Hide You. Shot and edited by Becky Edmunds. www.idhideyou.com

I'd Hide You

I'd Hide You is an online game of stealth and cunning like no other. Jump onboard with a team of runners live from the streets of Manchester as they roam the city trying to film each other. See the world through their eyes as they stream video: ducking and diving, chatting to passersby, taking you down the back alleys to their secret hiding places. And play against your friends online at the same time. Use your wits to choose which runner to ride with. Get a snap of another runner onscreen without getting snapped. Four times BAFTA nominated Blast Theory are world renowned as pioneers of interactive art and immersive theatre. I'd Hide You is their next genre busting mix of games and TV. Play online from 17-19th May Or spot the runners in the city and tweet it @idhideyou ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A new commission for The Space initiative from the BBC/ACE. I'd Hide You is presented in partnership with FutureEverything. I'd Hide You is supported by Madlab, Manchester Digital Laboratory, the University of Salford and Gath. It has been developed by Blast Theory with support from Somethin' Else and the University of Nottingham. Music: Space Is Only Noise If You Can See by Nicolas Jaar

I'd Hide You Light Test

Testing the I'd Hide You cameras in various lighting conditions. For more information about I'd Hide You visit http://idhideyou.com/ and follow us on twitter @idhideyou

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A Machine To See With (short edit)

A Machine To See With is a film where you play the lead. You sign up online and hand over your mobile phone number. On the day, you receive an automated call giving you the address you need to go to. Once you arrive on your allotted street corner your phone rings. From there a series of instructions lead you through the city. You are the lead in a heist movie; it's all about you. As you move from hiding money inside a public lavatory, to meeting up with a partner in crime and onwards to the bank, the tension rises. It's up to you to deal with the bank robbery and its aftermath. The project is a Locative Cinema commission from the Sundance Film Festival, 01 San Jose Biennial and the Banff New Media Institute. Credits: Camerawork: Eric Schleicher at Filmerkid Cast: Ben Moren, Meredith Pearson, Tyler Stefanich Edit and colour: John Hunter Filmed at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, April 2011

Chemical Wedding

Chemical Wedding plunges you into a world where the multiple meanings of AIDS are contested. From the Black Death to the movies of paranoid Hollywood this promenade performance explores the viral nature of ideas; how do distortions and half truths spread and how do we escape the burden of outmoded thinking?

A Machine To See With, Banff

Documentation of A Machine To See With at the Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Canada, 2010. Film by The New Media Institute. A Machine To See With is a film where you play the lead. You are in a heist movie; it's all about you. As you move from hiding money inside a public lavatory, to meeting up with a partner in crime and onwards to the bank, the tension rises. It's up to you to deal with the bank robbery and it's aftermath.

Can You See Me Now? Tokyo

Can You See Me Now? is a game that happens simultaneously online and on the streets. Players from anywhere in the world can play online in a virtual city against members of Blast Theory. Tracked by satellites, Blast Theory's runners appear online next to your player on a map of the city. On the streets, handheld computers showing the positions of online players guide the runners in tracking you down. With up to 20 people playing online at a time, players can exchange tactics and send messages to Blast Theory. An audio stream from Blast Theory's walkie talkies allowed you to eavesdrop on your pursuers: getting lost, cold and out of breath on the streets of the city.

Flypad

Flypad is a site specific work for the Public Gallery in West Bromwich, using augmented reality to create a thrilling, collaborative experience that combines game play with interaction, joyful goofing about with a visceral sense of the blur between real and virtual space. Flypad has been developed in collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham and Action Time Vision.

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant is a new work by Blast Theory which premiered at the 53rd Venice Biennale in June 2009, commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion and supported by Arts Council England. The work is based on the lives of Ulrike Meinhof (Red Army Faction) and Eamon Collins (Irish Republican Army). Having chosen to be Eamon or Ulrike, participants walk through the city receiving mobile phone calls. Exploring subjectivities and political obligations, the work culminates in an interview with the artists in a hidden room.

Atomic performance

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Atomic, 1997. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/atomic-performance/

Kidnap Blipvert

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is an advert developed for Kidnap, 1997. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/blipvert/

Desert Rain

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Desert Rain, 1999. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/desert-rain/

Day Of The Figurines

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Day Of The Figurines in Berlin, 2006. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/day-of-the-figurines/

Kidnap

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Kidnap, 1998. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/kidnap/

Rider Spoke

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Rider Spoke in London, 2007. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/rider-spoke/

I Like Frank

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from I Like Frank in Australia, 2004. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/i-like-frank/

An Explicit Volume

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from An Explicit Volume, 2001. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/an-explicit-volume/

You Get Me

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from You Get Me in London, 2008. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/you-get-me/

Sidetrack: Lightsleeper

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Sidetrack: Light Sleeper, 2000. More information can be found here: http://www.blasttheory.co.uk/projects/sidetracks-light-sleeper-body-chemistry-iv/

Atomic performance_youtube

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Atomic, 1997. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/atomic-performance/

Invisible Bullets

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Invisible Bullets in Hildesheim, 1997. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/invisible-bullets/

Choreographic Cops In A Complicated World

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Choreographic Cops In A Complicated World, 2000. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/choreographic-cops-in-a-complicated-world/

10 Backwards

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from 10 Backwards in Europe, 1999. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/10-backwards/

Something American

Blast Theory is an artist group from Brighton, UK making interactive art. This video is from Something American, 1996. More information can be found here: blasttheory.co.uk/projects/something-american/

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www.blasttheory.co.uk

Unit 5, 20
Wellington Road
Portslade
Brighton
BN41 1DN

50.82954, -0.20896

01273 413 455

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