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The Space highlights: Total Permission and more

  • Date: 20 November 2012
  • Area: National
Artist in undewater wheelchair

Watch new documentary, Total Permission, which features artist Sue Austin, above. Credit: Richard Jeffery

The Space is a free digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. It aims to transform the way people connect with and experience arts and culture by showcasing innovative content from artists, arts and cultural organisations.

Every fortnight we highlight five projects to explore on The Space, ranging from regular features to exciting new digital arts content.

Top five highlights 

Push Me Collection - Total Permission 
Watch conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, interview 12 talented artists who have challenged perceptions of disability through extraordinary art. Total Permission was filmed backstage at Unlimited Festival earlier this year, a major Cultural Olympiad event which showcased new work by deaf and disabled artists. The documentary is part of The Space's Push Me Collection.

Torsten Lauschmann's Digital Clock 
Artist Torsten Lauschmann's cleverly-conceived Digital Clock (2010) can now be viewed online for the first time ever on The Space. The 24-hour film presents the passing of time, in real-time, via a hand-crafted digital clock. The work was originally commissioned for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010.

Memory Marathon 
Ever wondered what impact our ever-advancing digital world is having on human memory? How has our concept of memory changed over time? Watch prominent curators, artists, historians, scientists and philosophers discuss and explore themes around 'memory' in footage from the Serpentine Gallery's Memory Marathon event. This seventh edition of the Serpentine's annual festival of ideas was inspired by Ai Wei Wei's 2012 Serpentine Pavilion commission.

Art of the News 
Explore 10 improvised artworks, each one created and documented in real-time in response to live 24-hour global news. The pieces were commissioned by Vanilla Galleries and were streamed on The Space live as they evolved.

From the Sea to the Land Beyond 
Watch Director Penny Woolcock's beautifully nostalgic ode to Britain's coastlines, cut from over 100 years of BFI archive footage and presented alongside British Sea Power's live performance of their original score. 

Further information

You can access The Space now at or by viewing on connected TV or The Space channel (Freeview HD channel 232).

The Space is available to explore until 31 March 2013.

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