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Blast Theory presents: Apps for art and artists

17th and 18th March 2016

Blast Theory will present a new event entitled 'Apps for art and artists', a two day workshop demystifying the process of app creation, and giving a comprehensive overview of mobile technology and how it may be used in the development of projects, without assuming any prior knowledge of software development or design. The event will run from the 17th to the 18th of March 2016 in Brighton.

Event details - Mobile technology pervades our everyday lives. Artists, arts organisations, museums and galleries are increasingly turning to apps to create engaging, playful experiences.

The process of producing apps can be quite daunting for those without significant experience in the field. In a fast moving environment there are many considerations for the design, development, production and testing of apps for Android and iOS.

Day one: 17th March 2016

The first day will start with an overview of the processes and platforms available for realising your work and then cover the language and knowledge you need to effectively communicate your ideas to developers.

Day two: 18th March 2016

The second day will focus on projects that you bring to the workshop, giving detailed bespoke advice around different use cases.

Key topics covered in the workshop

  • What can I do?
  • What are the limitations and opportunities offered by mobile technology?
  • Should I make a native app or a mobile website?
  • Will my idea make a good mobile experience?
  • Is mobile the best channel for delivering your work?
  • Working with developers
  • How do I choose a developer?
  • What questions should I ask?
  • What platform or platforms are best for developing my experience?
  • How do I budget and how long should it take?
  • Production and testing
  • What is the process for development?
  • What is a good approach for testing?
  • The app review process
  • What is it?
  • How much does it cost and how long does it take?
  • What are common pitfalls to avoid?
  • Concept clinic
  • Quick critical sessions giving you the chance to discuss and refine your ideas with other artists and the Blast Theory team. 

About your tutor

The workshop will be led by Alex Peckham, Lead Developer of Blast Theory's award-winning app Karen as well as many other Blast Theory projects; input from artists Matt Adams and Nick Tandavanitj will also be on hand where appropriate. An experienced Mobile Developer, Alex has over 25 years of programming experience and has taught Algorithms and Data Representation at tertiary level. His research in the field of multidimensional video processing and visual perception has been published internationally, most notably at the European Conference on Visual Perception. He is also a practicing artist and sculptor, specialising in installations that combine spatialised sound and light elements with more traditional fine art techniques.

You can purchase individual day tickets or a 2-day ticket:

1 day ticket: £125 (full price) / £60 (concession*)

2 day ticket: £225 (full price)/ £100 (concession*)

Two free places are available, based on need. Please let us know when you book if you would like to apply for a free place: [email protected]

*Concession prices are available for independent artists, students and other concessions (please bring proof of status with you).

For more information or to book click here.