Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Bus timetable

Salford University bus service --- to MediaCityUK and back --- now in operation.

Salford QuaysLink buses run

Monday - Friday
Daytime: 7am - 8pm every 10 mins
Evenings: 8pm - 11 pm every 15 mins 

8am - 11pm every 15 minutes

Sunday and public holidays
10am - 6pm every 15 minutes

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Martin Hall, Cllr Mark Aldred and the leader of Salford City Council, Cllr John Merry, (pictured) were also on board for the journey, which departed from Pendleton.

Fore more information visit:

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Russell Brand on Amy Winehouse

"... all eyeliner and lager dithering up Chalk Farm Road under a back-combed barnet, the lips that I'd only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses, now a portal for this holy sound."

Full article here

NME / Uncut position vacant

Fancy a challenging job working for a fast-moving music website?

NME.COM is looking for a technically-minded creative individual to join its award-winning team to work across NME.COM and

Working in NME's London office, the Digital Producer will be required to build special features and new website sections, as well as integrated sponsored content and other such projects.

The Digital Producer will also work onsite at large-scale events such as festivals and the NME Awards.

Further detail:

a North / South media divide?

BBC Radio 4's "The Long View" today considers the media and the North/South divide in respect of MediaCityUK and the Guardian --- features an interview with Salford's own Dr Carole O'Reilly. Click here to listen.

"So do you achieve national coverage by going to London or by leaving London? The Long View examines whether the decisions are right and why they were made. It tells a story of the changing balance of the North South divide examines the relationship between how you cover the UK and where you are within it."

Friday, 15 July 2011

Murdoch as Medici?

Sky are launching a £150,000 scheme to support young artists at the beginning of their careers. Callee, the Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund, will provide five awards of £30,000. It is open to those aged 18 to 30 living in the UK and Ireland.  

For details visit:

Thursday, 14 July 2011

"FIRM" meeting (21/July)

What: Workshop

Where: Cornerhouse, Manchester

Who for: People working in the digital and creative sectors

How much: Free

More info: Tickets here

Talented creative & digital team?

Full of ideas without the time or resources to pursue?

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Want access to funding and routes to market?

Interested in collaborating with academic researchers & industry leaders in a IP secure, neutral environment?

FIRM is a collaborative initiative between the Universities of Salford, Lancaster, Goldsmiths and the BBC set within MediaCityUK and designed to research and develop next generation digital services.

We believe there is an opportunity to explore new concepts in partnership with creative digital businesses where FIRM can offer resource to help accelerate prototyping and assist in writing grant-funding bids.

This informal free event will give you an introduction to FIRM and what we can offer with the opportunity for networking over complimentary drinks.

Thursday 21 July, 17:00

The Annexe, CORNERHOUSE, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

11 Rooms

Guardian newspaper video review of the Manchester International Festival exhibition / performance sequence "11 Rooms". Contains some nudity... via here. The cleaner, longer BBC Culture Show episode on the festival in general is here for the next seven days, and contains a fair amount on Marina Abramovic

"11 Rooms" is free to attend bar a small booking fee and runs til 17 July: book via here

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Emergency Platform: Call for Proposals

Saturday 1 October, 2011 - noon til 10pm

BLANKSPACE & International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), Manchester.

In the wake of the closure of greenroom, our long running emergency platform has fled the safe confines of its black-box home and is taking shelter in the arms of BLANKSPACE and IABF.

This will be an emergency like you've never seen it before!

We DON'T have a fully fledged theatre or lots of equipment or money...

We DO have some really interesting spaces and a lot of energy to make something exciting happen!


If you would like to join us in creating this unique emergency event, then send us a proposal for low-tech short performative works, durationals, one-to-ones, performance installations or interventions to happen in these two spaces, and even on the journey in between.

Full details of how to apply and of the spaces available at

Open for proposals from 12 July, deadline 5pm 19 August 2011.

Enquiries: or leave a message at 07837 229 8177

Manchester Film Co-operative screening (19/July)

"We Live in Public" is the story of the internets revolutionary impact on human interaction as told through the eyes of internet pioneer and visionary, Josh Harris.

Though once considered the godfather of the downtown Internet scene in NYC in the 90s, known far and wide for his outrageous parties, innovations in chat, streaming audio and the creation of the first online television network, Harris is but a footnote in history at this point all because he took his experiments with the Internet and media consumption too far.

Director Ondi Timoner focuses on the legendary, million-dollar millennium party 'Quiet', an experiment in voluntary submission to mass surveillance. The party, which took place at an abandoned loft-manufacturing building on lower Broadway, featured over 90 Japanese-hotel-style pods where artists lived, played, worked, and celebrated.

This was followed by Harris's submission of his own life, and new relationship to constant surveillance, whose disturbing results are like a pre-history of our current Web 2.0/Reality TV era.

The films starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion.

Entry to film £3 or £2 for unwaged, low waged, students or OAPs.


Monday, 11 July 2011

Strut your stuff...

The Communication Team are looking for students who would like to be photographic models to promote the University. We want a mix of ages, undergrad and postgrad, and people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
You will be paid for your time with shopping vouchers – you will be required to
work for around two hours.
Various photography shoots will be taking place around the University and MediaCityUK
The images will contribute to a library of photographs used to promote the University on our website and in our publications.
If you would like to put yourself forward for any of the above locations can make the below dates then please email a photograph, together with your name and contact details to: -

Liam Curtis at
The provisional dates are Weds 20, Fri 22, Mon 25, Tues 26.

Community Storytelling (15/July)

Salford’s Dr Deborah Woodman will be speaking at this forthcoming event:

Bringing Together the University of Salford & the People of Salford

Community Storytelling Event: Come and share your Salford Stories













Come and sample it for yourself!

George McKay: Radical Gardening talk, London (12/July)

Tuesday 12th July 6.00pm for 6.30pm

Our VISTA guest this July is George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, author and contributor to BBC Radio, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Times Higher Education. Professor McKay has just released the thought provoking Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden.

Radical Gardening uncovers and celebrates moments, movements, gestures, of a people’s approach to gardens and gardening. It weaves together garden history with the counterculture, stories of individual plants with discussion of government policy, and the social history of campaign groups with the pleasure and dirt of hands in the earth. George will discuss his refreshing take on a familiar subject with Tim [Richardson] and Noel [Kingsbury].

A 2 course dinner will be served following the talk. Tickets £20 each, please book well in advance as places are limited.

Tickets £10 / £5 Museum Friends. Dinner £20’
Link is at:

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Call for Papers: Digital Opera


International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media (Intellect Ltd)

Issue Editors: Dr Aine Sheil (University of York) and Craig Vear (University of Salford)

Papers are invited for DIGITAL OPERA: NEW MEANS AND NEW MEANINGS, a special issue of the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media (Spring 2012).

Two key questions will be addressed: how can 21st-century digital technology become a fundamental, constitutive element (voice) in the creation of digital opera? What could digital opera be? This special issue will explore the open, creative space between composition, technology and interdisciplinary performance. The boundaries of digital opera will not be prescribed in advance; the aim is to explore all facets of sound- and music-led digital performance.

Contributions may deal with the following topics, but are not limited to them:

• The concept of digital opera
• Immersive sound- and music-led digital performance environments
• Site-specific and mobile media composition
• The theatrical use of digital voice and hyperinstruments
• Virtual and augmented space
• Intermediality and cross-media collaboration
• Dramaturgy in the digital age
• Gaming as a form of digital opera
• Digital opera and audience: new modes of reception
• Dissemination and critical reflection

Full articles of 5000-8000 words or developmental practice papers of 2000-3000 words should be submitted for peer review to by 1 September 2011. Expressions of interest should be sent to the above address by 1 August 2011.

All submissions should adhere to the Intellect Journal Style and reflect the interests of the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media. Images should be submitted as separate, high-resolution files (300 dpi minimum).
Style Guide:
Journal Homepage:,id=120/

Dr Aine Sheil
Department of Music
University of York

Craig Vear
University of Salford

Friday, 8 July 2011

Mask-making and performance workshops at Contact

from Contact Theatre:
A unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in assisting a series of mask making and performance workshops with young people in Manchester.

This community outreach project will work with a group of young teenagers who will be taken through the process of design, making and using a mask in performance. The masks will be used to explore both the young people’s personal narratives and collective issues.

You will be given support and guidance in working with young people. Travel expenses within Greater Manchester will be reimbursed and CRB check costs will be covered.

This project is one of 10 projects delivered by Future Fires in 2011. Future Fires is a programme established by Contact, Manchester to enable young people to design and deliver their own community arts project and is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

How can you get involved?
Visit to download more information and details of how to apply for this opportunity.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Wrestling and Striptease (filming 7/7)

From our friends in Islington Mill:

Alison Ward and Shane Heinemeier are in residency at the Mill until the end of July. Between drag, wrestling and striptease, Alison plays with our perceptions of sexuality and beauty as part of her acclaimed practice and performance, and, within the 3 remaining weeks, she and Shane will be using the gallery as a studio. Their residency culminates in an exhibition from Friday 22 July in conjunction with the Mill’s totally awesome Graduation Ceremony party. Alison is also looking for volunteers to feature in a film Alison is also looking for volunteers to feature in a film on Friday 8 at 6.30pm where a Tex-Mex feast will be supplied for participants. Think glitter, streaky, freaky makeup and post party meltdown. Email to get your face on film. Alison and Shane’s talk on July 7 will focus on the artist-led studio space they are part of in New York, called Flux Factory, as well as the exchange programme they are developing with the Mill.

V&A Internships


3 October 2011 – 2 March 2012
The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance contains the UK’s national collection of
performing arts. The collections are vast, covering all areas of performance – from theatre,
opera and ballet, to music hall and musical theatre, circus, puppetry, and rock and pop.

There are two intakes of interns per year. Each placement has an intake of 6 interns, and runs
for 6 months (October – April; April – October, annually). This allows interns to work together, and means that greater training and support can be given.

Interns provide key support to the work of the department; this includes assisting with
exhibition development and research, web content and publications; there is also the
opportunity to learn about strategic issues such as recording theatre on film, the evolution of
‘Theatreland’ in the West End, the economic contribution of the performing arts, etc. Work is
varied and rewarding, and allows interns to contribute to real projects in one of the UK’s
flagship cultural institutions.

Full information / application via: Sophie Reynolds []

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Salford Stories (15/July)

University urges Salfordians to come and share their stories

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The University of Salford is asking local people to attend a free storytelling and lunch event on Friday 15 July - in exchange for their own stories on anything and everything to do with Salford.
The Salford Sampler (10am-4pm, Salford Sports Village) is a part of a novel storytelling project designed to weave together historical accounts, first-person narratives, and artistic interpretations - and bring the University and the people of Salford together in the process.

With the aim of 'stitching together our history', University organisers want locals to come along on the day and tell their tales - whether it's memories of a Salford childhood or stories about health, housing, transport or leisure.

As well as getting an opportunity to meet like-minded neighbours, there will be pre-prepared storytelling sessions on topics as diverse as the history of the Salford pub and Salford during the Blitz, as well as writing workshops and an original drama.

Organiser Professor Lucie Armitt explained: "We're encouraging as many people as possible to come along, take part and contribute their own stories about life in Salford."

The taster day is the first of what is planned as a series of Sampler events (the next one due in December) - all with the aim of gathering stories about Salford, and uniting local people and their university.

"This is very much a two-way partnership," added organiser Dr Gareth Palmer. "We want to hear about lots of experiences - good and bad - of life in Salford. This promises to be a really informative and fun event and we're looking forward to welcoming as many local people as possible on the day."
The Salford Sampler takes place between 10am and 4pm on Friday 15 July at Salford Sports Village, Littleton Road, Lower Kersal, M7 3NQ. Admission is free and includes lunch. To attend, just turn up on the day.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Salford at MediaCityUK on Facebook

To ‘like’ the page go to

University of Salford at MediaCityUK

And for those feeling nostalgic, here's Johnny Marr (Visiting Professor at Salford) talking about MediaCity from a couple of years back...

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Zizek in converstion with Assange

From the Frontline Club, earlier today: click here

Pinter / Malkovich / Sands (20/09)

A heads-up for this event, currently at Edinburgh: "Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter" --- hasn't yet been fully advertised so seats available for the Manchester Royal Exchange (one-off!) performance (via the box office 0161 833 9833; office hours).

"This intimate celebration combines the Nobel laureate's poems with personal anecdotes to create a very fresh and poignant insight into Pinter's literary legacy. 'A revelation' (David Hare), 'Ravishingly romantic' (Annette Bening).

... As discussed here.