Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, Blast Theory is a Brighton-based group of artists with an international reputation for adventurous, intelligent work. Over the past 20 years the group has explored interactivity and the relationship between real and virtual space. Blast Theory use video, computers, performance, installation, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the social and political aspects of technology.
A Machine To See With is the first ever 'locative cinema' commission from the Sundance Film Festival, 01 San Jose Biennial and the Banff New Media Institute. It is about cities and cinema, the financial crisis and the tyranny of choice. While the piece had not been presented in the UK at the time of writing, it promises to be a personalised cinematic experience based on real events and locations, conjured through a creative marriage of sophisticated software and storytelling. Each participant is guided around a large public space through a story inspired by heist movies and film noir, which unfolds through mobile phone and real-life surveillance. This is ideal for venues, festivals and audiences with an interest in engaging and sophisticated interactive work that draws on digital technology and public spaces, cinema and performance.
'Another great example of digital theatre, which puts you into the heart of the drama using a mobile device'
Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre blog
'I loved walking through my surroundings with a heightened sense of my actions, as if I was on a movie set, my every street crossing another tracking shot'
Eric Hynes, Sundance Be Here blog
Image © courtesy of the artists
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