Inspace Invades

New art and technology collide next month

Feature by Mark Daniels | 15 Mar 2010
  • Cybraphon

The boy is back in town, and he’s with child. Yes, Cybraphon, that lovable moody diva is mounting a comeback at this year’s Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art from 16 April to 3 May at SWG3 on Eastvale Place. Our autonomous, emotional, robotic band-in-a-box has been curiously quiet since late last year. However, I’ll let you into a little secret; Cybraphon’s emotion meter will once again swing with increasingly random regularity, as it’s it's about to become a proud parent. Cybraphon One will be born in the autumn to proud progenitors Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman from the FOUND collective. An R&D award from New Media Scotland’s Alt-w fund has made it so.

During the GI Festival we’ll give you a heads up on what to expect at two free events at the Apple Store on Buchanan Street. First up is the FOUND collective and Ellie Harrison on 22 April at 6pm. Glasgow-based artist Ellie is sometimes accused of being ‘particular’ and we love her for it. For Alt-w she is producing a new web-based work called Trajectories, a candid declaration of ruthless ambition. Trajectories will keep you in check and let you know how you’re doing. In my case Cary Grant was starring as Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace right about now.

On 27 April at 6pm Joe Tree, founder of the daily photo journal site, will reveal his own personal insight into the creativity of their remarkable online community and talk about their new project for the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival entitled Life. Turns. Andy Law & Mil Stricevic from Open Square will simply cut to the chase and air their Rude Bits and discuss how they would like to reinterpret 'corrupt' digital media. These guys specialise in the creation of context-specific experiences at the point of convergence between information, entertainment and technology no less. Let’s see what they can get away with at the Apple Store.

As Glasgow marks the 20th anniversary of being European Capital of Culture in 1990, the GI Festival has taken the idea of ‘past, present and future’ as its theme. If you a foursquare fanatic then follow ‘GIfestival‘ for the lowdown on things to do and things to come.