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30 October 2010

TXT2BayLit Festival in Cardiff Bay

A live artwork initiative involving the University offered members of the public the chance to become ‘creative texters’ at the BayLit Festival in Cardiff this week.

Billed as a standout event for the 2010 festival, TXT2Baylit/TXT I Llên Y Lli featured performance, poetry and psych-pop all intertwined with text messaging. Audience members were invited to express their ideas and creative impulses via text message, with the messages appearing in ‘real time’ as large-scale projections on the screen behind the performance area.

This interactive event, featuring experimental performances from hip-hop artists, award-wining poets and British pop-folk psychedelists took place at The Wharf, Cardiff Bay on 27 October.

The initiative used the TXT2 technology developed by Dr Ian Grimstead from the School of Computer Science & Informatics and visual artist Glenn Davidson of the Art and Media company Artstation. The team also includes creative writer Briony Goffin of Cardiff University and anthropologist Kath Williams.

They have all come together to explore the potential for creative reflection and public authorship using the text message. TXT2 is developing through research practice with public groups and crowds, across a wide range of locations.

Further information can be found on the festival’s website –

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