The latest from artplayer

Here is a short sampling of some of the top artists and initiatives to watch from artplayer.

CASTLEFIELD GALLERY: MANCHESTER ARTISTS’ BONFIRE 2012

Castlefield Gallery presents artist Rosanne Robertston’s Manchester Artists’ Bonfire 2012

Manchester Artists’ Bonfire 2012: Click on photo to view video

Sponsored by Castlefield Gallery, Arts Council England and Islington Mill, the annual Manchester Artists’ Bonfire takes place every January. Devised in 2011 by artist Rosanne Robertson in reaction to funding cuts, the Artists’ Bonfire reconsiders artists’ relationship to art production and social values. Despite the Manchester Artists’ Bonfire being only two years in the running, Robertson explained that there’s already many traditions surrounding the project.

AMBITION: ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE SCOTLAND

AmbITion showcases the new digital side of Royal Conservatoire Scotland

Royal Conservatoire Scotland: Click on photo to view video

AmbITion Scotland – a £1m digital development programme for the arts, culture and heritage sector – produced this video about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a case study. With support from AmbITion, the RCS has a new digital platform called ‘Broadcast: The Royal Conservatoire Uncovered’ which showcases content produced by students, staff and selected guests. Broadcast is now the essential place to find out what’s going on at the RCS.

OXFORD CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: JANEK SCHAEFER’S LOCAL RADIO ORCHESTRA

Oxford Contemporary Music shares a slice of Janek Shaefer’s sound art

Janek Schaefer’s Local Radio Orchestra: Click on photo to view video

Artist, musician and composer Janek Shaefer produced Local Radio Orchestra, a pirated radio station pulling from community radio. The sound work was commissioned by OCM, South Hill Park, Beaford Arts with support from PRS for Music Foundation. Designed to engage his audience, the work allows for viewers to change the radio frequency. In an interview Shaefer said, ‘People say never think of your audience for your music or art, but I always think of the audience first in making an installation in a gallery or a certain context’.

Carol Huston

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