The Space, digital art for the public

The Bristol Old Vic will be involved in one of the largest digital arts programmes in the UK as part of The Space which is commissioned by the Arts Council of England and helped by the BBC. This is a project that will create hundreds of hours of original arts material between May and October 2012.

The BBC is contributing to the partnership by developing the technological solutions and providing ongoing support through mentoring, production, training and skills development.

According to the announcement made by the Arts Council, Tom Morris, Director of War Horse and Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, will present a unique and interactive way of replicating the emotional experience of watching live performance using the pioneering techniques developed by the BBC Natural History Unit.

As the Bristol Old Vic told us “For some time now, our Artistic Director, Tom Morris, has been interested in developing groundbreaking ways in which to present live theatre onto the digital platform and, in doing so, replicate the atmosphere and experience of being an audience member sitting in the auditorium.”

“Techniques developed in natural history programming and the coverage of certain sports, will be combined with elements such as ‘red button’ technology, allowing viewers the choice of determining their own unique perspective.”

“Without funding from The Space, Bristol Old Vic would have found it difficult to explore innovative ways in which to share its work with such a diverse, potentially global, audience.”

53 successful applicants were announced yesterday out of 750 who applied. A couple of other successful commissions include the following:

Faber & Faber – 60 Years in 60 Poems a digital journey that invites the nation to discover the past from the BBC and Arts Council archives through the prism of 60 new works from major poets in poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s Jubilee Lines anthology.

London Review of Books – in Re-imagining the Literary Essay for the Digital Age the London Review of Books will work with a leading writer and an experienced digital developer to create a new kind of multi-layered literary experience.

The full list is available from the Arts Council’s site. They make up a set of exciting events that will happen in the next few months.

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