New ‘industrial revolution’ declared!

“WE are currently living through an industrial revolution” – that was the declaration of Siemens’ learning and development head speaking at an exhilarating digital and art showcase at Macclesfield Town Hall. Dave Thomas, based at technology giant Siemens’ Congleton site, was among an array of influential industry experts at ‘CONVERGENCE’ on

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Photos: Convergence Symposium

We had a brilliant day at Macclesfield Town Hall this week at our Convergence Symposium.  We discussed and debated everything from addressing the skills and creativity gap, how to attract and retain the best talent and how important the convergence between the tech and the creative is. Check out our

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February Half Term: Let’s Draw in Virtual Reality

Want to draw with light? Find a library near you over half-term If you are interested in the emerging virtual reality world, then get to a Cheshire East Library over half-term. Researchers from the University of Manchester’s Institute for Cultural Practices are joining forces with SHIFT to do a  tour

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Measuring the true value of creative exports

The Creative Industries Federation and the Creative Industries Council are collecting data on digital exports with the aim to capture the sector’s true value.  They need as many organisations as possible to respond. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/digitalexportsurvey The responses to this survey are to be used in a

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Dreamy Digital Discoveries: our animation

Last October we took over Little Moreton Hall with Wild Rumpus and sound artist Scanner to create Dreamy Digital Discoveries: a stop motion animation film drawn and created by children with a soundtrack scored by Scanner. Check out the wonderful animation here: The imaginations of the children totally amazed us,

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Windsocks at Treacle Market

This summer SHIFT was delighted to host new media and electronic artist Laura Pullig at the Treacle Market in Macclesfield. As well as her plant synth workshop, Laura brought one of her wind powered illuminating windsocks. It took Laura a lot of experimentation to finalise the electronic circuits, which used

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Watch our full video of the Town Talk with Daito Manabe

Following the World Premiere of Daito Manabe’s COSMOS commission for Jodrell Bank’s Lovell Telescope at Bluedot festival, he joined us in July for our Town Talk to discuss the work. Developed in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices and SHIFT, this inaugural commission for COSMOS, a flagship international artist residency and

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Laurence Payot and ‘Living Sculpture’ featured in Sky News Swipe

Did you manage to catch ‘Living Sculpture’ this spring that we brought to Crewe train station Platform 6 waiting room? The artist behind the piece, Laurence Payot, is featured in this episode of Sky News’ technology show Swipe. Check out her work here as well as some other awesome digital

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Town Talk: Scanner – How to Make Art from Life

This July, ahead of his installation The Dreamer is Still Asleep, Scanner took over the Weave Town Talk to tell us all about how to make art from life… Catch the full recording of his talk, where he talks about who he is and what he makes, below. Over the

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Worlds Among Us: Call for Applications

Our partners FACT, together with Wysing Arts Centre, The Mechatronic Library and QUAD invite applications for Worlds Among Us, a two-part project to support artists to work with new digital technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Game-Engines. Deadline: Sunday 29 October. Philosopher Thomas Metzinger describes consciousness

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