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10 December 2010


Cardiff’s Christmas shoppers are being given the chance to become ‘creative texters’ and see their festive thoughts projected into the Welsh capital for all to see using their mobile phone.

On Saturday 11th December the BBC Big Screen at St David’s Hall in the Hayes will get its chance to ‘talk back’ with a stream of public text messages from 1pm to 3pm.

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

TXT2 is a 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: "It’s fantastic to be able to interact with large groups of people and let them have a voice – a great way for the crowd to converse with itself and anonymously talk back".

Glenn Davidson explained, "We have designed a special event for the BBC screen at Christmas. Let’s have some fun reflecting on and sending our seasonal thoughts as 'creative texters'.

People are invited to send TXT messages to 07805 529 937 on Saturday 11th December from 1pm until 3pm. TXTs will then be forwarded through the TXT2 system to the BBC Big Screen. Various questions and provocations will be screened, to provide a theme for TXTs, which will change during the event.

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

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