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06 March 2010
A new initiative involving Cardiff 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 20 March 2010 the BBC Big Screen at St Davids Hall in the Hayes, Cardiff will get its first ‘talk back’, a stream of public text messages from midday to 2.00pm.
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 creativemedium as 'creative texters'".
People are invited to send TXT messages to 07805 529 937 on Saturday 20 March from midday until 2.00pm. TXTs 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 TXTs, which will change during the event.
Further information can be found on the project’s web site: www.artstation.org.uk/bbc/
Notes to editors:1. The BBC Big Screen is a collaboration project with London 2012 and local authorities. There are 19 screens located across the UK. Each Big Screen offers individuals an opportunity to showcase their work in the public arena. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
3. For further information
Dr Ian Grimstead
Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics
Tel: 02920 879091
Email: I.J.Grimstead@cs.cardiff.ac.uk (email preferred - often away from the office)
Artstation - Glenn Davidson and Anne Hayes
Market Road, Cardiff,CF5 1QE
Tel: 0044 (0)7740173164
Tel: 02920 879074
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