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Make and Leave Your Contributions to the Museum

Join us for a workshop at the National Videogame Arcade (NVA) and you will be able to not only play games but also to share your personal game experience through drawing your own artcode and record your own story or reaction to the exhibition. Then you will be able to leave your contribution in the museum for the public to view. The workshop is running Saturday 2 September and Saturday 9 September 11:00-17:00. If you would like to take part but cannot make the above slots, please email: Susan Ali (susan.ali@nottinghamREMOVE-THIS.ac.uk) to arrange a date and time ...
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DIS2017: Enabling Hand-Crafted Visual Markers At Scale

The latest developments in Artcodes will be presented in an academic paper at ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2017. This includes: Semi-automatic marker generation: A method to create many uniquely identifiable visually similar Artcodes from a handful of input images. Visual checksum: An extension to the Artcode drawing rules that helps prevent recognition errors. Area order codes: A new way of interpreting Artcode that allows for many more codes or the ability to read different codes at different angles. DIS2017 will be held 10-14 June in Edinburgh (registration required) with the paper available via open access around that time. You can read the paper on the ACM Digital Library or University of Nottingham ePrints ...
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Artcodes on Carmina’s New Album

Artcodes features on Landmarks, the new album from Bristol-based jazz-folk fusion band Carmina. The title track was inspired by the Carolan guitar which also plays on the recording, so it seemed only sensible to incorporate Carolan's Celtic Artcodes designed by Liz Jeal on the album cover too. Scanning the codes links to bonus materials including videos of the song being composed, recorded and performed. Read more: https://carolanguitar.com/2016/11/05/58-written-on-the-body/ ...
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Artcodes goes to MozFest 2016

28th to 30th October, Ravensbourne, London Artcodes is going to be showcasing our brand new wallpaper as well as getting you to interact with our Stalker wall illustration. You will also be able to be the first people to build your own Christmas with Artcodes advent calendar. With three events across the venue we are excited to showcase it all to you. We are running our Stalker illustration and advent calendar workshop with the Tale of Two cities zone and our wallpaper is being held with the MozEx across the site. Stalker The underlying sci-fy story is one of rebellion by the Stalkers against their oppressors. Opening elements of the narrative position the experience as a call to arms and the illustration as an “inter-dimensional communication device”. The associated digital experience takes the form of a game comprising a series of missions that require interaction with not only the illustration but also nearby people and places. Download the Storicodes app (AppStore, Google Play) and come and give it a go, see if you can crack the code to open the safe! View on the MozFest schedule: Saturday 11:15am-2:45pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm Wallpaper Liz Jeal and Lilli Cowley-Wood were commissioned ...
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Show and Tell at Tate Britain

Taylor Digital Studio, Tate Britain, London 10th October 2016 This Show & Tell will connect and focus on MozEx, a digital art exhibition co-curated by digital learning teams at Tate and V&A, collaborating with the Mozilla Foundation for the Mozilla Festival 2016 (Ravensbourne, London, 28th-30th of October 2016). The exhibit explores links between art, society, and the digital world. Explore the value of art to society through web literacy, digital inclusion and accessibility, privacy, policy, and hacking. Artists, designers, creative technologists, makers, coders, scientists, visual journalists – from techies to newbies! – join the conversation that relates to our lives online. Artcodes will be presenting the interactive wallpaper at Show & Tell with a short presentation on how collaborations between designers and computer scientists has resulted in beautiful interaction, putting human back into computer human interaction. Read more: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/workshop/tate-exchange/digital-artist-show-tell ...
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Give a Voice to the Portraits

Join us for a workshop on Wednesday 31 August 2-4pm at the Wallner Gallery/ Lakeside Arts Gallery/ University Park Campus/ University of Nottingham and receive a £5 voucher for the Pavilion Cafe.   You will be able to not only meet members of the Latin American community through a series of striking portraits but also hear them tell their stories by scanning images with your phone. You will then have the opportunity to draw your own patterns and link them to a recording of your own story or reaction to the exhibition.     If you would like to take part, please email: Susan Ali (psxsaal@nottingham.ac.uk) or follow the link below (places are limited).   https://www.callforparticipants.com/study/KF6PE/give-a-voice-to-the-portraits     Best Regards   Susan Ali PhD Student Computer Science ...
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Give a Voice to the Portraits with Horizon Artcodes technology

Following two successful exhibitions in Manchester and London, “Uncovering the Invisible” will be on display at Nottingham’s Lakeside Wallner Gallery, Mon 25 Jul - Sun 11 Sep (http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/exhibitions/event/3138/uncovering-the-invisible.html). “Uncovering the Invisible” is a photographic collaboration between British-Mexican photographers Pablo and Roxana Allison focusing on the diversity of backgrounds and life stories of Latin-American people living in the UK. While Latin Americans contribute economically and culturally to the shaping of British society, they remain unrecognised as an ethnic minority in law. The photographic project aims to shed light on this multi-ethnic group and to support and progress official recognition of this community. Artcodes will enable you to not only meet members of the Latin American community through this series of striking portraits but also hear them tell their stories. For this exhibition, bespoke Artcodes were designed taking inspiration from the outline of the countries of the people portrayed. By scanning the Artcodes next to these portraits you will be given access to hidden content and listen to their stories for yourself. Image: Image of Fernando Abadie by Pablo and Roxana Allison ...
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Interactive Wallpaper

Lilli and I recently finished our digitally interactive wallpaper and we're so pleased to hear that the team at Artcodes like it. Since our brief was mostly concerned with the coding methods we needed to demonstrate rather than the context or aesthetic of the design, Lilli and I had to get our thinking caps on to decide these things before we began. We wanted to show that the application of artcodes can be meaningful and, since we both have an interest in wildlife, we started planning a wallpaper that could be used to address environmental and conservation issues, such as the bee population here in Britain, and rather than just provide facts, give people ideas and information about how they can get involved and help to make a difference. The wallpaper could be installed either in a public environment, such as a museum for educational purposes, or in a private home. We loved the idea of it being in a summer house or a conservatory. Each time someone goes out to do the gardening they could scan the wallpaper with their artcodes app and get tips for making a bee or hedgehog friendly environment, finding out how to have a ...
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Artcodes at Art.CHI

Artcodes have worked and contributed to Art.CHI at this years CHI 2016 conference. Art.CHI are running a workshop on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May in San Jose, California. As part of this, Art.CHI have produced a catalogue to accompany the Art exhibition at the SIGCHI Conference, CHI2016. This catalogue documents the work shown in the exhibition “Inter/Action: digital art that responds” along with some important historical interactive art. We have produced an Artcode for the cover on the Art.CHI 2016 catalogue which showcases the ability to add digital media into an aesthetic piece without disregard to the design. The catalogues Artcode once scanned using the Artcodes app will take participants directly to the exhibitions website for further information ...
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Artcodes @ Central St. Martins Research fortnight

Artcodes have contributed a variety of activities to Central Saint Martins Research Fortnight, which took place in the Central Saint Martins building in Kings Cross. From 14th to 16th March, we exhibited interactive artefacts in the main hall, and taught passers-by to draw on their own Artcodes. The primary audience was staff, students and visitors; CSM teaches a wide range of creative courses in which Artcodes might be used, including Ceramic design, Communication design, Graphics, Photography, Performance and Fashion. In teaching attendees how to use our technology, we hope that some might choose to use it in future projects and explore a variety of further media and material. To illustrate the broad range of possibilities that exist with a flexible topological marker technology such as Artcodes, we brought along artefacts produced in a variety of media, all of which embedded scannable patterns with a broad range of aesthetics and purposes. These included coasters, ceramic bowls, a hand-crafted guitar, some large public illustrations and a display composed of individual ceramic tiles. Some of these embedded into individual artcodes, others embedded multiple codes; all had been produced for a specific purpose during prior work by the project. As part of the research ...
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