RNCM and Eyvind Gulbrandsen concert 4th May

Written by Susan Wareham on . Posted in Uncategorized

Thursday 4th May
Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM


Royal Northern College of Music students perform a new work for flute, clarinet, saxophone, harp and guitar that they have created through a series of residencies with the composer Eyvind Gulbrandsen in partnership with Moving Classics (European Network for New Music). This Manchester performance follows the world première in Hull as part of the Hull 2017 UK City of Culture programme.

The concert will also feature a selection of other works performed by RNCM students.

Free admission, by ticket only


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union Promoted by RNCM in association with Moving Classics 




Performers needed: Join the Binary Graffiti Club – STANZA, SPECTRA 2017

Written by andybrydon on . Posted in Art, Data Vis, Installation, Light, Our Projects, Performance, Technology, Urban Spaces

Performers Needed - Join the Binary Graffiti Club - STANZA

As part of the first round of ENLIGHT residencies, a major international project instigated by SPECTRA Festival‘s Curated Place in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University’s MIRIAD research centre, Fondazione Mondo Digitale (Rome) and I/O Lab (Stavanger) we are seeking volunteer performers to join “The Binary graffiti Club” – an ongoing project by renowned digital artist STANZA.

Stanza has been artist in residence in Aberdeen’s twin city of Stavanger, Norway developing a new work “The Global Dérive: The Sum Is Greater Than The Parts“. This newly created artistic experiment engaging with issues of data ownership, privacy of information within the real time city.

During this performative event The Binary Graffiti Club are tracked in the city, they are monitored and surveyed and the collected data is used to visualise them live on large screens at the heart of the festival.

How to get involved:

We need twelve people to walk around the city.

You need to have an Android phone and be willing to download STANZA’s custom software.

You need to ‘perform’ by walking around the city as instructed by the Artist for 2 hours each night from 1900-2100 on the 9-12 Feb inclusive.

In return you will receive an exclusive Binary Graffiti Club Hoodie and an invitation to the SPECTRA wrap party on the 12th Feb from 10pm-2am.

To apply please send an email confirming your availability and commitment including your email, phone number and a short statement of why you want to be involved to applications@curatedplace.com before the 3rd February.

The work is supported by Creative Scotland and the Culture Fund of the European Union

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STANZA is an award winning London based artist whose practice includes include installations, netart, public art, generative data driven art, paintings and prints. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Global Dérive: The Sum Is Greater Than The Parts

Twelve people to walk around the city…They are dressed in the Binary Club uniform the black binary hooded top; the clothing symbol of the age. They are tracked and monitored as units of data, reduced and simplified and represented as a zero or a one. Custom made software tracks their real time position and the data is collected and fed back to the servers. This performance is exhibited inside the gallery or outside in the city in real time. What you seen on the screen is a poetic interpretation, an abstracted interpretation.

Although they meander they are re-formed via software into active agents while their every move is monitored. The group of seemingly aimless individuals are actually collaborating to make the artwork which is visualised. The output represents the collective agency of the performing groups, thus the sum is greater than the parts. Each person in the system is by default an active participant in the creation of the result whether they like it or not.


While representing a large population as a collective entity in a virtual way ie the collective agency of the group is harvested. The patterns we make, the visual and imaginative interpretations we give to real world events, are already being networked into retrievable data structures that can be reimagined and source for information. These patterns disclose new ways of seeing the world. There are 7 billion people on the planet which  can be harvested as data assets. This is stage one uniting everyone  as collaborative agents for change. The artwork questions who owns the data we generate and suggest that privacy as a social concept is now obsolete.

The individual is no longer present in the city. The city is now a fully integrated platform of observations owned and controlled by the people. Every action forms part of the structure of the design of the city buffeted by  its physical architecture. A newly created virtual city of data is formed.


A newly developed software APP is used to collect the data and gps location and a server API  formats the data which is visualized into an interface a vasilias experience in Three JS.


All the data once collected will become part of the an open virtual space that shares it values amongst its contributors. NOTE In line with the data protection act and our own ethical code of conduct all data is anonymised and represented in a way that allows the project to  infer common ownerships of the material  while allowing us to express the idea (We are however not hacking the data, not selling the data, and not disclosing any sensitive information.)

Wider Cultural Context

The terms of flânerie dates to the 16th or 17th century, denoting strolling, idling, often with the connotation of wasting time. While Baudelaire characterized the flâneur as a “gentleman stroller of city streets. He saw the flâneur as having a key role in understanding, participating in, and portraying the city. A flâneur thus played a double role in city life and in theory, that is, while remaining a detached observer. “The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. “— Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life”. Walter Benjamin adopted the concept of the urban observer both as an analytical tool and as a lifestyle. Debord defines the dérive as “a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.”It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relation and ‘let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there’. Debord indicates.

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SPECTRA Volunteers needed

Written by Susan Wareham on . Posted in Uncategorized

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We are looking for volunteers to help with the delivery of SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s Festival of Light. There are lots of different ways to get involved all listed in the call-out below. 

The recruitment is being managed by our partners Aberdeen City Council, so if you are interested please contact Louisa Snelling on LSnelling@aberdeencity.gov.uk


Volunteer at SPECTRA 2017

What’s in it for you?
• SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s annual festival of light is first and foremost great fun!
• Get up close to the work of leading international artists as well as talented Scottish creatives and help the public to enjoy the experience. There are lots of interactive pieces, so there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy and a number of more thought provoking installations. SPECTRA brings light, art, technology and music together to create an amazing spectacle.
• Whilst it’s hard work we believe you’ll find it rewarding. Whether you’re a student looking to gain experience in festivals, or just enjoy cultural events and keen to get stuck in, then we can find a role for you. It’s an amazing opportunity to put on your CV and make you stand out from the crowd. Plus you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped to bring another successful event to Aberdeen that makes art accessible to all.
• If you are a student we’re happy to verify the work and hours you’ve done for a course leader if required.
• We’ll provide an induction and training so even if this is the first event you’ve volunteered at you’ll soon feel at home.

What’s in it for us?
• SPECTRA is a very popular FREE event open to the public. We rely on volunteers to help us deliver a high quality visitor experience during the four night festival run across our various sites and are very grateful for everyone’s help.

Don’t forget your thermals, it’s going to be chilly!
• Most of the roles involve working outdoors, which will be a chilly experience at best, and a cold, wet and windy experience at worst, so wrap up with lots of layers. We recommend you wear sturdy shoes or boots.

What skills and qualities are we looking for?
• The public play a major part in many of our roles, so we’re looking for volunteers who are friendly, good with people and have a good customer service attitude.
• However, if you’re more technical, behind the scenes, then we have roles for you too. Production volunteers are needed to help with the set up and dismantling of the installations.

All volunteers must be:
• 18 years old or over
• Be good with people and willing to work as part of a team
• Have availability and commitment to undertake the role you are interested in
• Attend a Volunteers Briefing session on Tuesday 6 February, 6-7pm, at Seventeen, 15-17 Belmont
Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JR.

The SPECTRA organisers, Curated Place and Aberdeen City Council Events team will explain
everything you need to know about the festival and the duties required in each role. If you’re
keen to volunteer but unable to make this time please email LSnelling@aberdeencity.gov.uk

What are the roles and when do you need us?

Production Assistants – need to be available during the set up Mon 6-Thurs 9 Feb and
dismantling Mon 13-Tues 14 Feb

Experience of installing artwork and being good with a tool box is an advantage but not essential as
training will be given. Although building the artwork is strenuous work involving long hours and
attention to detail, it is equally rewarding and assistants will work closely with the artists to ensure it is installed correctly. A clear understanding of health and safety and respect for adhering to site
management rules is required.

In previous years some Production Assistants have also volunteered in the evenings as they are
really familiar with, and understand, the artwork so can show the public how to interact with it
too – Thurs 9- Tues 12 February 6-10pm

Event Stewards – need to be available during Thurs 9- Tues 12 February 6-10pm
– It’s great if you can help for the whole festival but not essential.
Welcome the public, hand out maps, answer general questions, give directions and information.
Crowd management, looking out for hazards and reporting any incidents and assisting in emergency
situations. Will suit those with a friendly and positive attitude keen to give good customer
service and make the festival an enjoyable experience. Stewards are our ambassadors and will be
responsible for the audience’s first impression of the festival.

Conference Notetakers – Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb 9am-5pm
The Catalyst Conference is a high profile two day cultural conference with International and UK
speakers and open to artists, designers, academics, architects, business leaders and social

Sessions will be recorded on video, and to complement this we require a written record the
discussions which take place so we can feed back on potential projects and collaborations at the
end which have come out of these conversations. This would suit a journalism student familiar
with freehand or anyone who is good at summarising and recording key points made during the

‘Stanza’ Art installation Volunteers – need to be available Thurs 9-Sun 12 Feb 6-10pm
12 volunteers are required to take part in an interactive piece by becoming part of a Binary Graffiti
Club. Twelve people will walk around the city, wearing a Binary Club black hooded top to represent
units of data, either 1 or a 0. Each person’s movements will be tracked, their real time position will
be fed back to the servers and used to create patterns on an image on display for the public to see.

Where will you be working?
You’ll be located at one of our sites:
• Union Terrace Gardens
• Marischal College
• Seventeen on Belmont Street
• St Nicholas Kirkyard
• The Roof Top Garden next to St Nicholas Kirkyard (New for 2017)

Who is organising the event and who will you be working with?
SPECTRA 2017 is an Aberdeen City Council project delivered in partnership with Curated Place. Curated
Place is an arts-led production company delivering, creating and curating contemporary exhibitions and
events on an international platform.

How do I sign up?
Please email Louisa Snelling on LSnelling@aberdeencity.gov.uk with the following details:
• Name:
• Mobile Number:
• Dates available:
• Role/s interested in:
• Any related skills/experience:
• Have you volunteered at Spectra before, if so when and what did you do?:
• If you’re a student, which course and year you are in:

SPECTRA Catalyst Conference Assistants Job Vacancies

Written by Susan Wareham on . Posted in Uncategorized


We are hiring!

We are looking for two friendly, enthusiastic and organised Conference Coordinators to support the delivery of our Catalyst Conference running as part of SPECTRA Festival 2017

Find out more about the conference here

Please see the job description below and contact Susan Wareham, susan@curatedplace.com to apply or find out more information. 

Conference Coordinators x 2

Role: SPECTRA Catalyst Conference Assistant
Dates: Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th February 2017
Shift times: 9am – 6pm
Venue: The Anatomy Rooms, Queen St, Aberdeen, AB10 1AP
Salary: £200 Fee

Job Description
As part of SPECTRA 2017, Curated Place and Aberdeen City Council are running an arts industry conference, Catalyst, over two days during the festival to invite artists, designers, academics, architects, business leaders and social entrepreneurs to come together with our international partners, destination agencies, the hospitality industries and Aberdeen City Council to identify ways to develop the cultural economy in Aberdeen.

We are looking for two Conference Assistants to help with the smooth running of the conference (including one day prep prior to the festival).

Job Specification
• Conference setup and tech install
• Welcome delegates and speakers to the conference, handing out marketing material, answering questions and offering information about the conference and the larger festival
• Assisting with setting up and taking down the space with furniture and technical equipment
• Managing the filming of interviews with delegates and speakers
• Assisting with the serving of lunch and refreshments
• Assisting with the evaluation of the conference through handing out evaluation cards and gathering feedback
• Clean-up and strike each day

Job Requirements
• Experience of working in catering, hospitality or events
• Excellent communications skills with a friendly and approachable nature
• An interest in the Arts and in SPECTRA festival

• Knowledge of food hygiene regulations
• Technical skills – experience in setting up AV, sound and light equipment
• Experience of working with a videographer and filming
• Experience of working at conferences

To apply please send a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the job and why you are interested in the role, as well as a CV to the email below marking the subject CATALYST CONFERENCE APPLICATION

Susan Wareham,
Production Manager, Curated Place
E applications@curatedplace.com

Deadline: Noon Monday 30th January