Blast Theory uses interactive media to create groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes online audiences, live performance and digital broadcasting.
Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the work explores interactivity, and the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media-saturated world in which popular culture rules, using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us.
A Machine To See With is a work for pedestrians and their mobile phones. To start the work you receive a phone call with instructions. A man’s voice leads you through the streets of the city and into a heist movie; you are the protagonist, as you move from hiding money to meeting up with a partner in crime and onwards to the bank, the tension rises. You must deal with a bank robbery and its aftermath. A Machine To See With mixes thriller clichés with the reality of the urban environment and explores the tyranny of choice and the financial crisis.
Commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, Ulrike and Eamon Compliant is a narrative work for mobile phones. The audience walk the streets of the city on an interactive journey, where they choose to be one of two characters – Ulrike Meinhof, of the Red Army Faction, or Eamon Connor, a member of the IRA. They receive phone calls, respond to questions and follow a path to a secluded and secretive interview chamber. The experience creates a parallel and, at times, unnerving reality to the physical world through which the audience is walking.
Fixing Point is an audio walk about Seamus Ruddy made in collaboration with electronic musician Clark. It is a Faster Than Sound commission for Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk.
Blast Theory conducted an interview with Anne Morgan about her brother Seamus Ruddy, who was killed in 1985 by members of the Irish National Liberation Army in Paris. His body has never been found but is believed to be in a forest in France. He is one of a number of victims who disappeared and whose relatives are still anxiously hoping to find news of their loved ones.
To take part in Fixing Point you walk to a wood wearing headphones connected to a smartphone. The screen shows a map of the area and audio recordings are hidden in the wood. You explore the wood to reveal the recordings and learn more about Seamus.
Matt Adams / Ju Row Farr / Nick Tandavanitj