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10 March 2010

Mobile phones

A new initiative involving the University is giving people the chance to become a rugby day ‘creative texter’ and see their thoughts projected into the Welsh capital by using their mobile phone.

On Saturday 20th March 2010 the BBC Big Screen at St David’s Hall in the Hayes, Cardiff will get its first ‘talk back’, a stream of public text messages from midday to 2.00 pm.

People of all ages, shoppers, families, rugby fans, revellers and visitors to the capital are invited to take part in this sharing of views, memories, opinions or even jokes, whilst remaining anonymous, with the crowd around them.

TXT2Crowd is a new social media initiative - an exciting collaboration between Dr Ian Grimstead from Cardiff University's School of Computer Science & Informatics, artist Glenn Davidson of Artstation, the internationally acclaimed art, media and research practice based at Chapter Art Centre in Cardiff, creative writer Briony Goffin of Cardiff University and anthropologist Kath Williams of the University of Glamorgan.

Dr Grimstead said: "As part of National Science and Engineering Week, the TXT2Crowd project is a great opportunity to interact with people and to see and read any thoughts they’d like to share – a chance to facilitate the use of the TXT messages for a public arena. It’s quite a challenge to express yourself within 160 characters!"

Glenn Davidson explained: "We’d like to get people thinking and playing more with the way they use TXT messages as a creative medium as 'creative texters'."

People are invited to send TXT messages to 07805 529 937 on Saturday 20th March from midday until 2.00pm. TXT’s will then be forwarded through the TXT2Crowd system to the BBC Big Screen. Various questions and provocations will be screened, to provide a theme for TXT’s, which will change during the event.

Further information can be found on the project’s web site:

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