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Fri Sep 04, 2009 00:00 - Fri Sep 04, 2009

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

M.A.R.I.N. Media Art Research Interdisciplinary Network

Founded by artists Tapio Mäkelä and Marko Peljhan, M.A.R.I.N. is a mobile residency programme set on board a catamaran sailboat, redesigned and equipped to be a sustainable environment for transdisciplinary research in arts, sciences and technology.

For their maiden voyage M.A.R.I.N. will sent sail on an 11-week long residency on the Irish Sea, starting from ISEA2009 in Belfast and traveling down the coast of Cumbria to Liverpool. Mapping marine ecology along the Northwest coastline, using sensors and a small field laboratory and combining maritime history, interviews, and public workshops.

Supported by folly in Cumbria M.A.R.I.N. will host workshops with artists from Soundwave in Whitehaven from the 4th - 6th September, then sail on to Barrow-in-Furness to work with a group of young people from Drop Zone at The Dock Museum from 8th - 15th September. All the research and work created during the workshops will be used to create podcasts, a geo-tagged web blog and an installation in the public space at FACT in Liverpool during the AND Festival from 23rd - 27th September.

The project is supported by Arts Council Finland, Finnish Audiovisual Foundation AVEK, The Finnish Institute in London, Australia Council, University of North-South Wales, ISEA 2009, AHRC, University of Salford, Audio Nomad, Marin Association.

With Special thanks to Whitenhaven Marina and AB Ports, Barrow-in-Furness.


New FLI Residencies website now live.

Fri Jul 24, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jul 24, 2009

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

folly and Lanternhouse International are delighted to invite you to the newly launched FLI Residencies website at

The Folly Lanternhouse International Residencies offer support to artists working with new technologies to develop their ideas and extend their practice.

The FLI Residencies website is regularly updated with ideas, work-in-progress, inspirational projects and more. This includes resident artists' blogs, video, images and other rich experiences.

The site is a place to spark new ideas and act as a window to artists’ creative processes. We invite you to meet the FLI artists online, see what they're up to, and share your comments and views.

The three artists taking part in the 2009/10 programme have all now started their residencies. Read to find out more.

The programme meets a real need for artists to have access to the high quality discourse and the enriching creative environments that Lanternhouse International and folly provide. Based at the Lanternhouse in Ulverston, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, resident artists are able to devote time and space to their practice, engaging collaboratively with the host organisations, each other, and a rich tapestry of local communities, artists and creatives in the Northwest of England.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Rule of Thirds - the first major event of North

Tue Sep 01, 2009 00:00

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

As part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) festival, WeMakeMedia and folly are teaming up to deliver North, a programme of events and activities aimed at inspiring creative professionals to do things differently.
The first main event, taking place in South Cumbria in October 2009 is called Rule of Thirds. It will take the form of a one day gathering of creative thinkers to discuss the impact of digital culture on the creative workflow, and explore the exciting, developing opportunities for how we create, communicate and collaborate.

We’re inviting proposals from artists and members of the creative industries to contribute to the event.

We’re looking for creative people who want to share inspirational ideas and insights in the form of a 15 minute presentation. You can be working in any discipline, but we’re looking for speakers who will contribute presentations relevant to our main theme: exploring how digital culture and innovation are having an impact on creative workflows

Our intention is to bring together creative people from a range of disciplines to share, learn and debate. We’re really interested in exploring innovative approaches, creative workflows and new forms of collaboration.

Deadline for submissions: 1 September 2009

For further information and to submit a proposal go to


Successful applicants for the FLI Residencies 2009 announced

Mon Jun 15, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jun 15, 2009

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Folly ( ) and Lanternhouse International ( ) are delighted to announce the three successful artists joining them for the FLI Residencies 2009. The scheme is now in its second developmental year as the result of a keen and dynamic partnership between the two organisations.

Internationally renowned interactive artist Stanza ( ) has just completed a three year Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship at Goldsmiths Studios. His work encompasses interactive art, real time networked spaces, installations and performances, and he will spend the month of July in residence assessing his work, its impact and relevance.

US-based artist James Coupe ( ) will return to the UK to develop the first phase of Surveillance Suite, a non-linear generative film installation supported by Creative Capital in New York. For three months this Summer, he will use face recognition algorithms to transform our experience of Ulverston via a series of overlapping video narratives of various styles, genres and subject matter.

Mark Vernon ( ) is a sound artist interested in collaborative practice, based in Glasgow. He will be visiting at a number of points across the year, beginning with a two-week stay in July and will be making work in response to the people, artefacts and places he comes across during his residency in Cumbria.

Talking about the selected artists, Kathryn Lambert, Creative Director of folly, said "We were thrilled with the overwhelming response from artists to the FLI residency scheme and are equally delighted with the line up for this year's programme. We are pleased to be working with three such talented artists and eager to engage with them in a meaningful exploration of their work and ideas."

The FLI Residencies offer support to artists working with new technologies to develop their ideas and extend their practice. Lanternhouse’s Creation Centre Director, Jay Haigh explains “The FLI Residency Programme continues to meet a real need for artists to have access to the high quality discourse and the enriching creative environments that Lanternhouse International and folly provide. It is very inspiring to work with artists this year who are keen to connect their work more deeply at a local level, through a rich programme of participatory activity, and for their innovatory practice to stimulate professional learning across the Northwest. We are particularly delighted to be announcing the successful artists in the same week as the 175th birthday of Lanternhouse itself.”


Notes to editors:

For further information contact Jennifer Stoddart at folly on +44(0)1524 388550, or Jay Haigh at Lanternhouse International on +44(0)1229 581127,

Folly is a leading digital arts organisation working in the Northwest of England and online. Specialists in the creative use of technology and arts participation online, folly seeks to explore how people make sense of the world through art and technology.

Lanternhouse International is an inspirational company, facilitating and producing artistic work that has international impact. The organisation’s distinctive approach enables people from all walks of life to come together, to shape and make new art work, sharing their ideas and skills and expanding their own creative horizons.

Lanternhouse’s birthday celebrations will be taking place at Lanternhouse on Tuesday 16th June 09 from 5-8pm. All are welcome.

About the artists:

Stanza is a London based British artist who specializes in interactive art, networked spaces, installations and performances. His award winning online projects have been invited for exhibition in digital festivals around the world. Work has been shown at The Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum. All his art can be found at

His works explore artistic and technical opportunities to enable new aesthetic perspectives, experiences and perceptions within context of architecture, data spaces and online environments. Stanza travels extensively to present his interactive art, lecturing and giving audio visual performances.

James Coupe is a digital artist whose work focuses on emergent systems, surveillance cinema and aesthetic machines. His projects have been commissioned by New Contemporaries, Metapod, Low-Fi, SCAN, Lancaster City Council, Enter_, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Several of his installations have been created in collaboration with A.I. scientist Rob Saunders, including 9PIN++ and The Difference Engine. His work has received all levels of national and international awards including an Arts and Humanities Research Board Innovation Award, Creative Capital and Artist’s Trust. Coupe is also a Professor at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS).

Mark Vernon is a sound artist, musician and radio producer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a founding member of the art radio collective, 'Radio Tuesday' and has produced programmes and features for stations including WFMU, RADIA, Resonance FM, CKUT, Radio 101, VPRO and the BBC. His radio productions range from documentaries and radio plays to more experimental audio collage and soundscape pieces.

As well as works for radio his practice encompasses performance, publications, soundtracks, web-based works and releases on vinyl and CD. He is involved in numerous solo and collaborative projects under a variety of names including 'Vernon & Burns' and 'Hassle Hound' who have records out on Gagarin, Pickled Egg, Textile and Staubgold. He has also self-released several small editions of CDR's on his own meagre resource label.


Two new articles in the Digital Artists Handbook

Mon Jun 01, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jun 01, 2009

folly and GOTO10 are pleased to announce the latest articles to be added to the Digital Artists’ Handbook at

The handbook is a reliable and accessible source of information that introduces artists to different tools, resources and ways of working related to digital art. With a focus on Free Software and Open Content, the handbook covers topics such as working with graphics, sound and digital video, software art, developing your own hardware, collaborative working and publishing your work.

The first of two new articles, “Video editing with open source tools”, has been written by Valentina Messeri and Eleonora Oreggia.

Valentina Messeri studied Philosophy of Technology and has been living in Spain since 2002. She is an advanced GNU/Linux user and video-maker, an expert in video streaming, teaches multimedia and works freelance in post production and live audio/video streaming.

Eleonora Oreggia is a media artist born in Milan and based in Amsterdam. She worked as editor and researcher at Netherlands Institute for Media Art (NIMK) in Amsterdam, and is currently Researcher in Design at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The second new article is by UK-based Sumit Sarkar, a visual artist whose character based artwork takes the form of digital and canvas paintings, digital sculpture, and aerosol art.

Sumit was invited to write “Blender: working in 3d” having spent 2008 as artist in residence with folly and Lanternhouse International. During his residency he used Blender to create Ananta, a new exhibition expressing his vision of the Hindu religion and spirituality.

Launched in early 2008, the handbook developed out of ongoing consultation with artists working with technology, which has shown a need for removing the barriers for artists to use digital tools. The project is supported by Arts Council England.

Brought to you by leading digital arts organisation folly, the Digital Artists’ Handbook has been edited by Marloes de Valk and Aymeric Mansoux of GOTO10, a collective of international artists and programmers.

In 2009 folly and GOTO10 embark on a new partnership to take forward the development of this unique and valuable resource. The two organisations are committed to working together to realise an ambitious development programme which will enhance the handbook, build on its international networks and maintain its relevance in a rapidly changing sector.


Notes to editors:

About the Digital Artists’ Handbook:

The Digital Artists Handbook is an up to date, reliable and accessible source of information that introduces you to different tools, resources and ways of working related to digital art.

The goal of the Handbook is to be a signpost, a source of practical information and content that bridges the gap between new users and the platforms and resources that are available, but not always very accessible. Articles are written by invited artists and specialists, talking about their tools and ways of working. Some articles are introductions to tools, others are descriptions of methodologies, concepts and technologies.

When discussing software, the focus of the Handbook is on Free/Libre Open Source Software. The Handbook aims to give artists information about the available tools but also about the practicalities related to Free Software and Open Content, such as collaborative development and licenses. All this to facilitate exchange between artists, to take away some of the fears when it comes to open content licenses, sharing code, and to give a perspective on various ways of working and collaborating.

About folly:

folly is a leading digital arts organisation developing and delivering an inclusive programme of online work, live events, presentations, learning, research and consultancy work, offering rich and engaging arts content to artists and audiences in North West England and online.

We are specialists in the creative use of technology and arts participation online, and seek to explore how society makes sense of the world through art and technology.

About GOTO10:

GOTO10 is a collective of international artists, musicians and programmers, dedicated to Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) and digital arts. GOTO10 aims to support and develop digital art projects and tools for artistic creation, located on the blurry line between software programming and art. With its projects GOTO10 is stimulating the reflection on and the use of open source tools within artistic practice. GOTO10 is also supporting individual artists, like-minded networks and organisations with services such as an IRC network, code repository, web hosting, mailinglists and streaming services.