Mechanical Games 2012

The Mechanical Games (2012 Edition) finalé took place in MediaCity, UK at the Looping the Loop celebration at the Quays. Voting concluded on May 18th and the winners were announced to start the London 2012 Games creative cultural festivities in the Great Britain Northwest on Saturday, May 19th. I was certain the big hula hoop was going to be a distraction for our awards ceremony, but hula participants were kind enough to walk over to our area in support of the Mechanical Games. Some of the participant actors were kind enough to carry out the awards ceremony. The video of their performance follows.
 

Gearing up for the Mechanical Games

Mechanical Games Poster

Voting begins next month at the Mechanical Games website. Part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, this version of the Games is produced by myself with a lot of help from Cornerhouse. New to the Games: a real, live award ceremony, to take place on October 3rd from noon – 2 at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK. Even if you can’t make it to the awards ceremony, you can vote on the gold medalists from September 1 – 30th.

Mechanical Games Press Release

Participants in Manchester
Mechanical Games participants in Manchester. Photo by Simon Webb Photography.

To celebrate Abandon Normal Devices festival in Manchester (1–7 Oct 2010), Cornerhouse are pleased to present this interactive project by media artist xtine burrough that will set up camp in Cornerhouse galleries on Saturday 24 July. The project created as an alternative performance and gaming event, seeks to inspire and re-ignite our imagination and interest in sport through filmmaking, as well as creating an online and crowd sourced version of the major public sporting events that some of us only see televised. View the Mechanical Games Press Release.

ISEA 2009

ISEA 2009
ISEA 2009

ISEA was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland this year; and as expected it rained every day! I really do mean this exclamation mark to signify excitement because we hardly get rain in Cali…I presented Your Neighbors’ Biz, a Facebook application that is nearly ready to launch (we are hoping for a beta launch in early December) to a warm and friendly crowd at the Hilton on the waterfront in Belfast city center. ISEA collected formal papers from each presenter. Assuming the papers will be published somewhere, I won’t post mine here quite yet.

Mechanical Olympics: Official Honoree in the Webby Awards

I always knew I was weird…MechanicalOlympics.org has been selected as an Official Honoree in the Weird category of the 13th Annual Webby Awards.

The Webby Awards is the Internet’s most respected symbol of success. The 13th Annual Webby Awards received over 9,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. Webby Awards are awarded in over 125 categories. Winners are chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences a global organization whose members incluce David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson, and R/GA Chairman and CEO Bob Greenberg.

What can I say but, woot-woot!

Right now, this weekend: Los Angeles Freewaves

The opening party was a swanky mix of cocktails and videos poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel. I’m looking forward to Ryan Griffis’ walking tour of Public Parking tomorrow afternoon. I’m sure it will be less swanky than the Roosevelt and by the time we’re done I’ll want another drink. If you get a chance, check out the experimental video scene on Hollywood Boulevard tonight.

10/03 – 10/06/08 Electrofringe, Australia

xtine will be presenting a collection of her work in a talk titled, “Beyond Culture Jamming” at Electrofringe, a festival of electronic arts and culture in Newcastle, Australia. The presentation is available here (6MB PPT). It does not have the embedded videos, but links have been provided for online viewing.