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Thursday, 20 October 2011

The finalists that received funding by NESTA/ACE from the Digital Innovation fund were announced recently. If you missed the news, details of the successful applicants and the projects are below.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) with Videojuicer and The Arts Collective (£75,920)BAC is proposing to pilot a digital version of its acclaimed 'Scratch' programme. This will allow artists to share ideas online and engage in a creative dialogue with the public to develop those ideas.
Exhibition Road Cultural Group with the Dickens Museum and Seren Partners  (£70,200)
This group of cultural organisations will create a new app that will allow users to go on a digital cultural journey across London. The first journey will be 'DigiDickens', a journey across the capital inspired by the life, work and interests of Charles Dickens.
Imperial War Museum (IWM) with Knowledge Integration and University College London (£84,500)IWM and partners will develop a system that will enable the interpretation, discussion, collection and sharing of cultural experiences with, and between, audiences. This data-driven project will have in-gallery, online and mobile applications, which will augment and spread museum collections through social media and digital interaction.
London Symphony Orchestra with Aurora Orchestra and Kodime(£67,270)The London Symphony Orchestra will create and test mobile marketing and ticketing, allowing students to purchase discounted concert tickets through mobile apps. The apps will also use location data to show events nearby and allow students to share comments via social media.
New Art Exchange with Artfinder (£54,000)New Art Exchange in Nottingham will work with Artfinder to develop a digital portal for dialogue and exchange which allows gallery and artists to upload, sell and exchange their art work, as well as for audiences to vote on and virtually curate art programmes.

Punchdrunk  with MIT Media Lab (£80,120)Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and MIT Media Lab will merge theatre and gaming on an online platform, that will partner live audiences with online participants. This will be piloted for its critically acclaimed show Sleep No More, which is currently running in New York.
The Sage Gateshead plus Manchester Camerata, Aurora, Berwick Maltings, Alnwick Playhouse and Durham Gala with Videojuicer and Aframe (£57,397)The Sage proposes to explore how digital technology can help orchestras and venues find new audiences and income streams. The project will broadcast live concerts through a range of distribution channels and into a network of venues across Britain. The aim is to reach new audiences that are younger and who live in more rural areas that previously would not have had access to live performances.
Site Gallery working with Lighthouse and Caper (£80,000)
Sheffield's Site Gallery will embed small teams of digital designers and developers in arts organisations, and see how this changes organisational thinking and develops more interesting digital ideas.

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