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Exploring the potential of technology in the arts - more projects receive support from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

Date: 29/04/2014

These projects cover a diverse range of art and cultural forms including: film distribution, comics and museums. They will test how digital technologies can help to get more people to engage in arts or culture or to explore new business models for the sector.

The projects include:

STAGETEXT are being funded to create CaptionCue (£124,940) an automated caption cueing system which will make it cheaper for venues to offer captioning and make their work accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. They are working in London with Screen Subtitling Systems Ltd and Dr Pablo Romero-Fresco of Roehampton University.

Past Paths (£112,565) is a web platform and novel search engine encouraging people to search and discover museum objects in Newcastle. It will creatively connect objects to rich web content and inspire new public explorations of online collections. The project is being developed by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Microsoft Research, Collections Trust and Professor Peter Wright at Newcastle University.

Cambridge Junction, The Raspberry Pi Foundation and Dr Pam Burnard of the University of Cambridge are turning a Raspberry Pi computer into a fully customisable musical instrument using code for compositions, timbre and interaction in its project Sonic Pi: Live & Coding (£124,663), which will be trialled in the East of England.

Through SoundLab: Configuring Creativity (£119,938), Heart n Soul, Public Domain Corporation and Dr. Mick Grierson of Goldsmiths, University of London will investigate in the capital how digital technologies can help people with learning difficulties to create sound and music experiences.

The Spark Arts for Children are working with LJW Digital Creatives and Dr Craig Vear of De Monfort University to test whether everyday technology can enhance the creative learning experience of children by placing participants at the centre of the action through their project Pop-up-Play in Leicester.

Jon Kingsbury, director of creative economy programmes, Nesta, comments:

This latest generation of projects will enable a broad range of groups to experiment and embrace digital technologies, an important area that may otherwise be left behind. Central to the Fund is that organisations learn lessons on behalf of the arts and research sector, encouraging wider innovation and offering a solid stage from which to do so.

For all media enquiries contact: Laura Scarrott, press office, Nesta, 020 7438 2697 or Danielle Moore-Chick (AHRC) on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

  • The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a £7 million fund from Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta to support collaboration between arts projects, technology providers and researchers to explore the potential of increasing audience engagement or find new business models. Separate Digital R&D Fund for the Arts are being run in Wales and in Scotland. http://www.artsdigitalrnd.org.uk
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
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