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Vulcan TXT

03 April 2009

Vulcan TXT

As the daylight disappears on April 3 2009, text messages and images will be projected onto Cardiff’s landmark Vulcan pub as a part of social art project involving the University.

Dr Ian Grimstead, School of Computer Sciences, is working alongside internationally acclaimed art, media and research practice Artstation for the TXT2 project, which combines experimental communication tools and social networking.

Using state-of-the-art software created by the School, text messages from members of the public will be combined with a visual composition created by Artstation and will be projected onto the Vulcan pub in the city centre between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

The Vulcan pub is currently scheduled for demolition later in 2009. The aim of the TXT2 project is to create a tapestry of publicly generated content on the surface of the building which will express the cultural value of the site in an immediate and accessible way.

Dr Grimstead said: "This is a really exciting project to enable members of the public to interact with an open discussion forum regarding the demolition of an old Cardiff landmark. It is particularly unusual in that the forum is actually displayed on the building to be viewed by anyone passing, who may then participate if they so wish."

The TXT2 artwork hopes to reveal the site specific narratives that live inside an architectural facade and to express its living cultural value, and significance.

Anyone wanting to share their views on the Vulcan Pub and participate in the project can text 07740 173164 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on April 3rd 2009.

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