Archive | October, 2010

BBC News – Arts Council England outlines cuts plan

26 Oct

Save the arts campaign backers Mark Wallinger, David Shrigley and Jeremy Deller

ACE insists that working with children and young people will remain an “absolute priority”

Cue a million funding bids being hurriedly rewritten to include “the yoof”.


Urbis Research Forum – Podcast 2, City Sites

26 Oct

Urbis Research Forum Podcast 2 - City Sites

In anticipation of tonight’s debate around drinking culture and the UK psyche, here’s the latest Urbis Research Forum Podcast from September’s meeting – City Sites.

While the intention of the panel (which Curated Place was supposed to be sitting on) was to explore how the outputs of blogging, webzines and even Twitter help to create imagined and physical urban spaces, the debate that took shape focused more directly on the role and limits of local media in influencing policy, politics and legislation.

Panellists were Susie Stubbs (Creative Tourist),
Julian Tait (Future Everything) and
Marc Hudsion (Manchester Climate Fortnightly) who discussed the death of traditional journalism, the lack of transparency in local authorities and the financial problems faced by bloggers who are operating in period of flux.

A couple of interesting references came up from Marc:

On the changes in our collective attention spans:

Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains By Nicolas Carr

and on the business of disinformation:

Predictably Irrational By Dan Ariely

Subscriptions in iTunes can be found here.  Click the iTunes link to the right of the page which will download all podcasts in the future automatically.

Urbis Research Forum – Drinking and the City

25 Oct

Urbis Research Forum

Tomorrow night the Urbis research forum tackles the difficult issue of Drinking and the City as part of the Manchester Science Festival.  Looking at media coverage of “Booze Britain”,  binge drinking, and debates around pub licensing its hoped that the contributors can determine  whether we’re facing a true threat to public health and well being encouraged and enhanced by loss leading alcohol deals or merely in the grip of a moral panic?

Drinking and the City promises to explore the benefits and drawbacks of alcohol use in culture and society, with particular focus on Manchester.

Speakers for this session are:

Dr. Mark Jayne (Geography Dept, University of Manchester), Sarah Pickstone (City Centre Safe, Greater Manchester Police), Dmitri Brady (Warden, Methodist International House) and Haydn Pope (Manchester Pub and Club Network)

Entrance is free with everything kicking off at 6pm in room D07, Renold Building, Altrincham Street (Off Sackville Street) with ongoing discussions continuing in the pub.

Curated Place at FutureEverything

20 Oct

FutureEverything 2011

Exciting times as Curated Place’s Andy Brydon starts as festival producer for FutureEverything today.

It’s all systems go preparing for the 2011 festival of Art, Music and Ideas that has put Manchester firmly on the map in the world of digital culture with some incredibly ambitious projects in the pipeline that promise to up the ante in terms of what can be achieved as part of a festival.  However, details have to remain under wraps for just a little longer.

Running from the 11th – 14th May there’s still time for anyone wanting to get involved in the 2011 festival to respond to open calls for submissions still open in the Art and Conference strands.  And of course you can buy tickets now and benefit from advanced ticket discounts.

We’re extremely excited to be involved in Manchester’s most innovative festival and can’t wait to get well and truly stuck in to realising the amazing programme set for 2011.  Lots more coverage of developments here soon.

Face Visualiser

19 Oct

Can’t believe I missed Daito Manabe at NOISElab during the AND Festival playing people’s facial muscles with his Face Visualiser.  Really enjoyed their video but prefer this one:

Reminds me of the technique Traktor used to create  Fatboy Slim’s “Ya Mama” video but more visceral.

If anyone’s willing to be hooked up to my prototype All Body Visualiser please drop me a line.

Favourite website: latest contender

18 Oct

After two weeks of learning how to be a parent it’s high time (according to statutory paternity leave at least) that Curated Place got back on the treadmill of work.

So, it is with one eye on an increasingly strained diary that I’m considering as my new favourite website.

Essentially it’s a free messaging service that allows you to automatically send reminders to your project team or just to yourself about when you said you were going to follow up emails.

Just starting out with it but so far loving the concept.  Watch the video for more info.

Normal service has been resumed.

All About Evil – An Evening with Peaches Christ

4 Oct

Don't drink the punch! Peaches Christ "All About Evil" European premiere

This weekend saw the inaugural Manchester Weekender pull together over 30 cultural organisations in the city to deliver a focused weekend of art, music and performance.

However, here at Curated place HQ we were far too busy learning how to look after a tiny new human to fully indulge (hence the slightly slowed pace of the blog of late) although we did manage to get down to Cornerhouse to enjoy the long awaited arrival of Joshua Grannell bedecked in his finery as alter ego Peaches Christ.

Thanks to the Abandon Normal Devices festival Peaches headed to Manchester to Premiere Granell’s debut feature film “All About Evil” as the headliner event of an evening that delivered far more than a mere film screening. Protests outside the cinema were met with bemused looks from early doors drinkers heading home via Oxford Road station, while the fabulous costumes on display from both the participating audience and the ‘outraged’ librarians picketing the queue, prompted the unplanned arrival of one of GMP’s dog units.

All About Evil - Just before the dog van arrived

Audience members were played into Cornerhouse’s Screen 1 by a theramin/singing saw duo of daemons with Peaches herself finally being introduced by the event’s producer Bren O’Callaghan to MC, host a song and dance number, judge a costume contest and declare free bookish lapdances for all, seeing the librarians succumb to the allure of the occasion by stripping to their smalls and getting busy to Peaches’ “Fuck the Pain Away” and Khia’s “My Neck My Back” (needless to say parental guidance is advised).

All before the film even began.

Conjuring an alternate reality where characters spill from the screen into the auditorium, mystery punch tickles the tastebuds of the unsuspecting, and the audience is well and truly placed within the action, Peaches Christ injects an excitement and anticipation right into the heart of the experience of going to the movies that is fundamentally lost in the soulless multiplexes that pass for big-screen entertainment.

If you missed it pray that Peaches was genuine in her announcement that she’d love to return to Manchester to host a series of her infamous  Midnight Mass events because an evening in the presence of this most outrageous creature has to be experienced to be believed.

And as for the film? A master-class in trash.

Peaches Christ has arrived!

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