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Grand Union Christmas Party 15.12.11

2011.12.15 | 0 comments
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Oh Come all ye and join us at Grand Union 9:30pm on Thursday 15 December for our Christmas Party (after the Extra Special People Christmas Quiz at Eastside Projects from 6:30pm). Featuring more artist DJs than you can shake a shiny stick at.

Christmas Quiz Thursday 15 December 6.30pm Eastside Projects

2011.12.08 | 0 comments

Power your brain cells on mince pies and mulled wine and challenge the reigning champions, Coventry School of Art & Design, in this Christmas themed quiz night. £1 per team member – winners take all.

Ayo & Oni Oshodi’s Zine Launch Party at VIVID

2011.12.07 | 0 comments
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FRIDAY 09 DECEMBER | 6-9PM | £3 on the door

Ayo & Oni Oshodi‘s Zine Launch Party

Cult artists Ayo and Oni Oshodi invite you to the launch of their new zine, Slain by the Cruel Blade of Post-Modernity.

In homage to punk-fan-culture, this free inaugural edition is an unashamedly personal, coded and sly take on their identity as ‘identical twins’ and perspective on culture.

Continuing their series of ‘hiding performances’ Ayo and Oni will complement the launch with cryptic interventions from a hidden spot; while making their personal mask collection available for attendees to enjoy for the first time.

Feat. DJ set and visuals by They Are Here + pay bar.



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Virtual Space/Digital Trace 7pm Thurs 8 Dec at Grand Union

2011.12.05 | 0 comments
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Join us 7–9pm Thursday 8 December 2011 for the finale of the brilliant Open File series at Grand Union.

An evening screening of video works concerned with the rendering of virtual space, the digital and the immaterial by Ed Atkins, Tom Badley, Trisha Baga, David Raymond Conroy, Richard Healy, Wiliam Rounce and Mark Titchner, followed by celebration drinks and a chance to informally chat with the Open File curators.

If you can’t make it in person, the screening will also be broadcast live on If Not Now by live stream –

Programme features:
Ed Atkins Delivery To The Following Recipient Failed Permanently
Tom Badley Trancendental Etude No. 5
Trisha Baga Peacock
David Raymond Conroy Hauling/It is not the past, but the future, that determines the present
Richard Healy OFF
William Rounce Accumulation of Marginal Gains
Mark Titchner It Is You I Love The Most

Also at Grand Union:
We hope to see you on Thursday 15 December for our Christmas Party!
9pm – late, featuring all your favourite artist DJs. We’ll be starting after the much anticipated Christmas Quiz at Eastside Projects – hope to see you there.

Science Talk: What is consciousness? Wednesday 7 December 6.30-8pm Eastside Projects

2011.12.04 | 0 comments

What we think we know about consciousness has led to many philosophical and scientific problems about what it is, how it can exist in a physical universe, and how biological evolution could have produced it. But is there a unique “it” or are there many varieties of consciousness? Aaron Sloman is a philosopher and researcher on artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He will explore how some of the problems arise from conceptual confusions, and how things we have learnt in the last 60 years or so about complex information processing systems including lots of so-called interacting virtual machines can give us new conceptual tools for understand what we, and other organisms, are, what it is to be conscious, and what sorts of consciousness we can expect in future machines.

Aaron Sloman held the Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, and before that a chair with the same title at the University of Sussex. He is now working with biologist Jackie Chappell on the evolution of intelligence and is Honorary Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at Birmingham.

free to members £4/£2concs

The Garage Presents…TURBULENCE!

2011.12.02 | 0 comments
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TURBULENCE | Tonight: Friday 02 December | 8pm –late

Join the cast and crew for an evening of pop up live bands from the film, DJ sets and screenings.
It’s only turbulence… when a failing music venue staffed by fools looks set to close, manager Keith launches a last ditch Battle of the Bands competition. More by accident than by design, musical genius is unleashed by a rapping transvestite, some precocious indie rockers and a barmaid with a golden voice, who together
save the world they love –

The Turbulence DVD is released on Friday 2 December 2011 and to celebrate this momentous occasion there will be a launch party as part of VIVID’s The Garage Presents… season.

Doors open at 7.30pm and there’s an exciting line up of local talent: The Scholars and Stinky Wizzleteat and DJ sets by Speech Fewapy Records – Birmingham based independent record label, THIS IS TMRW – Regular and irregular club nights and gigs in Birmingham. And It’s Just Noise – Birmingham promoters and DJs.
… and look out for an appearance by Legendary DJ Russell Shumway a.k.a. Shumdog Millionaire.
Tickets £5 from until 5pm on Friday 02 December and on the door from 7.30pm.

Site/Non-site OR How many quarters does Birmingham have? This Saturday at Grand Union

2011.12.01 | 0 comments
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For the third instalment of Open File we invite you to join us for a short weekend walk from the gallery on the bank of the River Rea, along the Grand Union canal to St Phillips Cathedral in the centre of town.

We’ll start 2pm on Saturday 3 December at Grand Union with mince pies, mulled wine, and an informal introduction to the Open File archive with curators Jack Brindley and Tim Dixon.

At 2:30pm we’ll set off on the walk from Grand Union and you’ll be part of the production of a new sound work in and around ‘Old Birmingham’ with artists Dallas Simpson and Matt Westbrook.

This is a free event, no need to book. Please wear sensible footwear and wrap up warm. The walk will last for around 1 hour 30 minutes.

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