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Blast Theory  UK

Rank (2014): 20892 – 

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Japan 2
Australia 2
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since 1997 Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists' groups using interactive media. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj the group has a team of seven and is based in Brighton. The group's work explores interactivity and the relationship between real and virtual space with a particular focus on the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media saturated world in which popular culture rules, using video, computers, performance, installation, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us.

Early works such as Gunmen Kill Three, Chemical Wedding and Stampede drew on club culture to create multimedia performances that invited participation. From 1997, the group's work further diversified into online, installation and interactive works such as Kidnap and Desert Rain. Since 2000, Blast Theory has been exploring the convergence of online and mobile technologies in collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, to create groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art mixing audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Projects include the award-winning Can You See Me Now?, Uncle Roy All Around You and I Like Frank - the world's first mixed reality game for 3G phones. The group works with partners such as BBC Interactive, The Science Museum in London and British Telecom. Masterclasses, mentoring, internships, seminars and lectures are central to the group's dissemination of its research around the world.

In March 2005, Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj were presented with the Maverick Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco. In 2003, Blast Theory won the much coveted Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica, received an Honorary Mention at the Transmediale Awards in Germany in 2001 and has been nominated for many other awards including four BAFTAs.

Internationally, the group has been represented at art fairs and festivals including Festival Escena Contemporanea, Madrid; the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Rotterdam; Biennale of Sydney; ArtFutura, Barcelona; International Festival for Dance, Performance and Media Arts, Kln; Palestine International Video Festival and Basel Art Fair.

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   Blast Theory - Bless Practice - Spacex, Exeter (England)

   Blast Theory - Uncle Roy All Around You - Cornerhouse, Manchester (England)

   Desert Rain - Artspace Sydney, Sydney, NSW

   Atomic - Casco, Utrecht


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   Aichi Triennale 2013 - Aichi Triennal, Nagoya
   Performance / Audience / Film - John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (England)

   2010 01 SJ Biennial - ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA
   The 6th Seoul International Biennale of Media Art - Media City Seoul - International Biennale of Media Art, Seoul

   Space Invaders - FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool (England)

   KISSS - Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (England)

   Maschine-RAUM - Vejle Kunstmuseum Vejle Museum of Art, Vejle
   Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone - - Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (closed, 2012)

   Playmobiel - Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

   Variations on the Picturesque - Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON
   The Millennium Dialogue: In the Line of Flight - China Millennium Museum, Digital Gallery, Beijing
   Art Meets Media: Adventures in Perception - NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo

   Version 2004, SIMulation City - - Centre pour l'image contemporaine Saint-Gervais Genve, Geneva (closed, 2008)

   REPLAY - Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburg, PA
Description  CyberArts 2003 Prix Ars Electronica - OK Offenes Kulturhaus O, Linz

   13th Biennale of Sydney 2002 - Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

   Blast Theory / Simon Grennan / Christopher Sperandio - Route 12:36 - SLG South London Gallery, London (England)


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