SCAN is an agency developing digital and interdisciplinary arts in the South of England. It works in partnership with a broad range of individuals, groups and institutions nationally and internationally to commission innovative projects that cross and merge disciplines drawn from arts, media, humanities, science and technology. SCAN explores ideas, sites and tools showing the creative potential that digital and interdisciplinary arts offer in our changing society.

SCAN welcomes approaches from organisations or individuals who wish to develop their ideas or would like to be involved in SCAN’s initiatives. Contact +44(0)7973 919210

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David Cotterrell, Monsters of the Id, John Hansard Gallery 11 February – 31 March, 2012 Opening : 11 Feb 2pm – 4pm, All Welcome
David Cotterrell, Monsters of the Id, John Hansard Gallery 11 February – 31 March, 2012 Opening : 11 Feb 2pm – 4pm, All Welcome David Cotterrell: Monsters of the Id 11 February – 31 March 2012 John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

David Cotterrell’s work spans video, audio,interactive media, artificial intelligence and hybrid technology. Derived from the artist’s journeys to
Afghanistan, Monsters of the Id tests our expectations of cinematic and media representation, presenting a series of new works that experiment with advanced display technologies. The exhibition captures the disorientation of a civilian observer within a militarised environment. Upon entering the gallery, visitors are immersed in a landscape that crosses the physical and the virtual. The disquieting Observer Effect presents viewers with a projected image of a distant, self-absorbed population. As audiences remain within the space, this virtual community grows in number and becomes distracted by their presence. Searchlight 2 reveals illusory human shadows traversing a low platform terrain, suggestive of the desert landscape as seen by an aerial drone. The unnerving movements of this unidentified population are computer-generated and directly mirror the actions seen in Observer Effect. Apparent Horizon renders immersive, virtualised vistas of a desert landscape. As viewers, our role hovers between sublime reverie and the quiet anxiety between of periods of violence. The exhibition ends with a final cinematic flourish, enabling visitors to consider their role in the exhibition and its dialogue of control, observation truth and contradiction.

Monsters of the Id is a John Hansard Gallery exhibition co-curated with Helen Sloan, SCAN, and is accompanied by a new, fully illustrated publication. The development of the exhibition has been supported through residencies with the Joint Forces Medical Group in Helmand province and civilian agencies in the northern provinces of Afghanistan enabled by Wellcome Trust and the RSA, and supported by a Philip Leverhulme Prize for research, Danielle Arnaud, Sheffield Hallam University, Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

John Hansard Gallery
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2158

Coming Up: Broken Stillness, Salsbury Arts Centre 10 March – 21 April 2011
Boredomresearch, Susan Collins, Sigune Hamann, Peter Hardie, Tim Head and Susan Sloan
Broken Stillness comprises subtle, beautiful and hypnotic work which uses digital practices to examine the border where well-established forms of image-making, especially painting and photography, meet the possibilities offered by new technologies. Through animation, motion capture, modelling software and other processes the artists generate unexpected interpretations of the landscape tradition. Slowly moving and shifting, their works reveal the constructed nature of images, highlighting our expectations about both static pictures and the hyper-speed of the digital environment. The exhibited works embody the physical aspect of digitally generated images and the paradoxical immateriality of images we�re used to regarding as �true� and concrete.
This work is to be platformed at ISEA/Istanbul Biennale September 2011.

Public Domain – A Festival of Digital Art, Music, Interaction and Screenings, 15 – 18 July 2010

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Public Domain is a three-day festival focused around the big outdoor screen in Bournemouth Lower Gardens (Dorset UK) and looking at its relationship with public spaces across the whole town. The festival includes film screenings, family workshops, installations, performances and participatory events from leading artists with international profiles encouraging participants to explore what it means to share parks, gardens and other public spaces.The festival invites everyone to take part through collaboration and creativity in the workshops and some of the artworks, or simply by bringing a picnic and experiencing one of the many screenings and concerts that are on offer over the weekend.

On Friday, the event will launch with a headline rare event for UK with Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts, celebrated experimental jazz musicians playing with bassist and cellist along to films by Buster Keaton, digital pioneers Steina and Woody Vasulka and live generative animation from Stephen Bell; followed by DJ Set Geek Chic Soundsytem with VJ Comix. In the afternoon there will be artist talks at Russell-Cotes Gallery on the seafront.

Saturday takes an animation theme with animation workshops for families followed by a screening of the acclaimed Pixar film Wall-E. In the evening, Alex Reuben’s film Routes claimed as one of the top films of the decade will focus on American dance and music from the Deep South leading to hip hop; events then move to an Americana night at local bar sixty million postcards.

On Sunday the theme is narrative and storytelling with workshops for World Listening Day from Joe Stevens, computer graphics and animation language processing with Boredomresearch followed by a screening of contemporary stories Where the Wild Things Are and Forbidden Planet.

Throughout the weekend there will be screenings from artists: Steina and Woody Vasulka (Friday), Animate Projects, Students from the top courses in animation at Bournemouth University and Arts University College Bournemouth, Lou Pack, Jane Mason and Becky Edmunds, and Bob Cotton. Installations will come from Rob Smith, Jennie Savage and a new commission from Tom Davis, Curtis McKinney and Alain Renaud Flow: The Musical Boat Race.

Special Extra Event: 15 July, 19.30, The Cabinet of Living Cinema, Bournemouth Lower Gardens. The Cabinet create live scored music to selected short films. In association with Future Shorts, and sponsored by Becks Vier ‘Music Inspires Art’ UK tour.

All events are free. Everyone welcome. Bring a Picnic
More details: or 01202 961451

The event is organised by SCAN in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council. Supported by: BSO Resonate, BU, AUCB, Skillset Bournemouth Screen and Media Academy, sixty million postcards, Animate Projects, Arts Council England, Big Bear Events, Dance South West, Pavilion Dance, Steinway & Sons

Coming up A new interactive installation by KMA, Congregation for Bournemouth Square 10 – 25 September 2010. Part of Inside Out Festival and commissioned for Bournemouth in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council. The piece will also be shown at Shanghai Expo and Tate Britain. Funded by Arts Council England, British Council and Bournemouth Borough Council

Digital Transformations – Exhibitions and publication from the recent project of the same name with artists Simon Yuill, Kevin Carter and Tony White. Exhibitions will be held at CCA Glasgow August/September 2010 and Bournemouth Central Library January/February 2011

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